When life feels out of control, it can be comforting to remember that we're never out of the sight of our Creator—and he never loses control.
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When life feels out of control, it can be comforting to remember that we're never out of the sight of our Creator—and he never loses control.
The Old Testament identifies several ways in which the third commandment can be violated.
Be encouraged from God's Word about his plan and purpose for marital relationships.
Wisdom is, first and foremost, from the Lord. When you desire wisdom, be encouraged to go to him and his word in prayer.
From the very beginning, Eden was not meant to be static; it was headed somewhere.
A leader is to be above reproach, held accountable for the care of those entrusted to them.
What is Christian ethics and what role should it play in the life of a believer?
Jesus came into the world as the incarnate Son of God to accomplish more than one thing and defeating the devil by tasting death was among them.
In a 2012 article for Slate online, Will Oremus asked a provocative question: Was Jesus a homophobe?
The cross is not only where our sin is paid for, where the devil is conquered, but the shape of Christianity.
Because of Christ, believers are granted salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life. What hope we have in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus!
What does the whole Bible teach us about which acts, attitudes, and personal character traits receive God’s approval, and which do not?
We can learn what and how to pray to God from his very Word—even from the example of his own Son.
10 foundational truths to consider about the biblical call to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Here are 7 suggestions that will fuel a passion for the things of the Spirit and further educate how to live a life directed by him.
When many families are reorienting their lives and schedules around more time at home, we hope you will find these resources helpful in grounding you in the hope of the gospel.
Pride is a sin because of its self-centered, rather than God-centered, perspective on life.
Jesus’s regard for women was much different from that of his contemporaries.
When the thing you have been trusting is laid to waste, you don’t suffer just the loss of that thing; you also suffer the loss of the identity and security that it provided.
In Psalm 119 we see at least three essential, irreducible characteristics we should believe about God’s word.
Maleness and femaleness are creational, not contractual. They are divinely instituted rather than socially defined.
Reading God's Word is encouraging, life-giving, convicting, and guiding. But, our habits can also be misguided.
Jesus suffered and died on behalf of sinners and calls blessed those that follow in his steps for his name’s sake.
Christ calls us to himself and then invites us to lead others to follow him in obedience and trust. We are called disciples when we love each other in this way.
The man of lawlessness seeks to make himself the central person of worship, beyond any other religious objects or personages in his day.
Hell is our default destination, but because Jesus Christ took our sin upon himself on the cross, we can have assurance that we will go to heaven.
God created and has good purposes for sex in the context of marriage, and we don't always view it rightly.
Charles Spurgeon was known as the 'Prince of Preachers.' Learn more about the life and ministry of this influential theologian and preacher.
In all the areas of theology where Calvin made his most distinguishing contributions, we see the exaltation of the work of the Spirit driving his analysis.
God will have the final victory over what God has made. It will not be discarded but rescued.
How can one know which concepts about Satan and demons are biblically accurate and which are not?
You should never stop pursuing your wife. Here are twenty ideas to help your marriage flourish.
For the believer wanting to know God’s will for her life, the first question to pose is not “What should I do?” but “Who should I be?”
What does Augustine mean to us now? What is there about his life and work that still speaks to the Christian life today?
These are strange days, days of fear, days of hysteria. In other words, days that simply bring all our latent anxieties up to the surface.
God’s Word paints a picture of a future when death will be swallowed up in Christ’s victory on the cross and where believers will live eternally with him.
Meditate on Good Friday by reading these 7 powerful Bible passages.
Illegitimate reasons for leaving a church abound, but there are circumstances when it is right to make the painful decision to leave.
It comes as a surprise to some that Charles Spurgeon had a lifelong battle with depression. It shouldn’t be a surprise, of course: being full of life in a fallen world must mean distress, and Spurgeon’s life was indeed full of physical and mental pain.
Discipline seems like a hard word, but discipline is your lifeline, something that you learn to embrace and thank God for as you grow in him.
We are no longer under Old Testament law; but as believers, we are still marked by our obedience to Christ.
We must choke temptation to death—it is the only way out. Here are four ways to fight when temptation strikes.
Depression can be quite as fiery a trial as any other. The good news is that God does indeed hear the cry of the afflicted.
Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.
Even those in their prime with perfect health have limits. We need a stronger strength to match our deep discouragements.
Suffering is not outside of God's control and he has a purpose for it.
What does it look like to strike up an intentional conversation aimed at deepening our relationships?
In the New Testament we find literally hundreds of references to the believer’s union with Christ.
If we have stripped ourselves bare of all besetting sins and every hindrance, and have begun to run with perseverance our race, we are then given the focus that guarantees our finishing well.
A believer’s contentment is not to be affected by circumstances, but firmly rooted in the good news of Christ and what he has accomplished for sinners.
While in recent years same-sex relations have been glamorized in some sectors of society, Jesus confirmed that God’s will for marriage has always been lifelong heterosexual monogamy.
Are you living in sexual sin and darkness? Find motivation and hope for lasting change.
What is the “sin that leads to death” and why does John not say we should pray for people committing such sin?
The sexual revolution is simply one manifestation of a broader culture of what we might call expressive individualism.
Hospitality is not always easy or comfortable, but it is worth it. Learn why.
Theology, taught well, must inevitably result in doxology—and we shouldn’t be satisfied with less just because we’re teaching children.
Mention the church to a group of Christians and you are likely to get a mixed response.
Why should you get baptized? Christ not only commands believers to get baptized, baptism is also a gift he graciously gives for our benefit and blessing.
Christians know that the dread of death can only be met by the redemption in Jesus Christ, so we need to proclaim Christ into a COVID-19 world.
The realities of hell give us all the reasons in the world to persuade sinners to put their faith in the one who experienced hellish despair on the cross.
God uses the water of baptism to save us—only in that it links us to Christ and his victory and promises.
We must respond to the terrifying possibility of irreversible apostasy and the comforting evidence of God’s heart-transforming, love-producing grace
May we cultivate the presence of Jesus in our workplaces and see the thorns and thistles of our work in light of the glory that is to come.
In both the academic and pastoral realm, Edwards’s God-centered worldview is recognized as biblical in nature, shaping hearts and minds toward the pursuit of God’s glory in all things.
The way to find moral instruction is not by listening to your gut but by listening to God.
We tend to think of prayer as primarily a solitary and private activity, but the Bible tells a different story.
Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives.
Ask God to give you eyes to see the worth of Scripture and to waken in you an unyielding desire for the Word of God.
To fight the good fight, we need to be in constant contact with God, and the means by which we stay in contact is by prayer.
We recently asked over 14,000 people about the state of their prayers lives and gathered some stats about established habits as well as some common pain points.
What does the Bible have to say about angels and what have we incorrectly adopted from a worldly perspective on spiritual beings?
During seasons of depression or anxiety, most of us find it hard to concentrate, we feel God is far away, and we despair of God hearing us or helping us.
If we take the lordship of Christ in our lives seriously, then we should seek to apply that lordship to our participation in politics.
The Bible is a story, not simply a collection of religious sayings or an anthology of various people’s religious experiences. The Bible tells us the true story of the world, the way things truly are and should be.
The Communion meal involves us in and embraces us in God’s grace. We are not mere observers. We do something. We eat something. We become participants in the story.
A Christian doctor discusses the current coronavirus pandemic, explaining what's currently happening in the US and around the world and offering perspective on how we should think about this virus.
God gave the commandments that they might be obeyed—not to earn salvation but because of who we are, who God is in himself, who he is to us, where we are, and what he has done.
We have much to learn from the apostle who had the ability to be blunt and corrective while striving toward peace with others in kindness.
Jesus is sometimes caricatured as a prophet of free love, unconcerned about sexual ethics. But his teaching on sexual morality was consistently stricter than the Old Testament law.
God's communicable attributes show us how to reflect God as Christ did.
The potential causes for conflict in marriage are virtually limitless. We must put on the armor of God and pray for each other and for our relationships—often!
The Trinity is undoubtedly one of the most mysterious Christian doctrines.
This verse is commonly found on bumper stickers, signs, cards, etc. to encourage people to have hope for the future. But is that really what this well-known verse means?
God’s choice of his people is related to their being predestined to be a part of his family, but predestination is not an end in itself.
Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy.
Discipline Is Everything in the Christian Life Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1) Will we enter the gymnasium of divine discipline? Will we strip away the things …
A list of all of the endorsements that J. I. Packer has written for books published by Crossway, with an introduction by Sam Storms.
What is righteous vs. unrighteous anger? What does the anger of God look like? Glean insight about the right time and application for anger by reading these verses and commentary.
A lot of misinformation exists related to abortion. Here are 5 common myths that many people—pro-choice and pro-life alike—often believe.
Could you explain to someone who is a total skeptic—doesn’t believe in God, Jesus, Jonah, or the big fish—why you think that everything the Bible says is true?
When we are weary and distraught, we have a place to go. Jesus welcomes us to come to him and cast our cares on him.
Resist the urge to see simple memory as the goal. Learning the text “by heart” is secondary; taking the text to heart is primary.
We must tell the truth about what the Bible teaches about gender. Among other things, the Bible is clear that there is a normative connection between biological sex and gender identity.
How did you become a Christian? Was it after you got your life sorted out?
Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. All of life, all for his glory.
In ministry to someone who struggles with sexual darkness, you may get the breakthrough in another screening room, in an area that neither of you had noticed or considered to be related.
There is an enemy of God and humanity. That enemy needs to be known.
Here are ten things you should know about Martin Luther, the great leader of the Protestant Reformation.
Christ set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice when he condescended to us and submitted to death on our behalf.
We won’t love God’s word until he helps us to do it. And the beautiful thing is that he will.
There are some common sins that keep us from living missional lives: apathy, indifference, and fear of man.
If we read the Bible carefully, we find that all of our modern cultural debates are addressed there.
There are three primary agents in the character formation or sanctification of a Christian—ways that God uses to change us.
Men, we will never get anywhere in life without discipline, and doubly so in spiritual matters.
What did Jesus mean when he instructed his followers to turn the other cheek? Does that mean we're never to self-defend?
Jesus came to make it possible for all kinds of people, including angry parents, to be changed into people who yield their expectations to God in service to others, specifically their children.
Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice contains some poignant lessons for Christians. Learn more about how her characters can point us to the Gospel.
Many theologians over the course of church history have wrestled with this question. The answer to this question is relatively simple.
At the break of dawn on April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged. As they prepared him for his death, he preached a final sermon.
Creeds and confessions are useful only to the extent that they reproduce faithfully the teaching of Scripture itself.
Porn is Satanic. Why do I say that? Because the world of porn is infested with lies. Porn needs lies and myths to keep going.
Complementarian interpretation of Scripture holds that God’s creation purpose for man and woman entails equality of individual value but also distinct roles.
God made the world good. And no amount of being a Christian ever changes the fact that God put you in a physical world with hands and food and drink and culture and relationships and beauty.
A sacrament is a covenant sign that is appropriate to the promises made by God in his covenant.
The conviction that the Bible held basic answers for basic question would characterize his life and work.
If the fear of public speaking is the general population’s greatest fear, fear of praying publicly may be its Christian equivalent.
I can’t think of anything that is more powerfully comforting than these words: I will never leave you or forsake you.
In the midst of a tough season, learn ways to carefully navigate the holidays while also contributing to your long-term healing.
When it comes to resolving conflict: there are two groups: the weak in faith and the strong in faith.
The whole Christian life, in terms of our living in response to God and his new work in us, springs from faith, hope, and love. Everything we do as Christians relates to these three virtues.
Lamenting the toppling of our cultural idols can reorient Christian exiles as to what King and what kingdom we were supposed to long for.
R. C. Sproul loved to laugh. He enjoyed people. He truly knew the generosity of God, and that propelled him to serve people.
Besides having good character, what qualifications must one meet in order to oversee others in the church?
Pray your pastor would love God, and you, so much that he would be willing to disappoint you for God’s glory.
If you feel debilitated by a past of sexual sin or by the ongoing presence of temptation, hear these words of comfort and encouragement.
We cannot present a reason for Christ to finally close off his heart to his own sheep. No such reason exists.
I want to conduct a thought experiment by thinking about how some of our behavior can negatively affect our pastors.
Jesus is a most sympathetic friend, fellow sufferer, and Savior. He has walked a hard road and he understands.
We stand on the shoulders of the saints who have gone before, exemplifying how to live and love God faithfully.
Jesus says to tell all nations the good news, but we haven’t. Jesus calls people to be fishers of men, but we prefer to watch. Peter says to always be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have, but we are not.
The fundamental reason why Christians believe that sex belongs only in the permanent bond of male-female marriage is because of the metaphor of Jesus’s love for his church.
Salvation comes by grace through faith to believers, who consequently display their faith as they continue to trust in Jesus, heedless of suffering and persecution in this life.
Anxiety may misdirect us, or, properly grasped, may point us to the right path.
George Mueller (1805–1898) is widely considered one the greatest men of prayer and faith since the days of the New Testament.
If we truly believe that our very spiritual lives depend on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3; Matt 4:4), we will make the time to study God’s Word.
Losing your temper means you’ve placed anger in the saddle and you are now galloping along at its command.
No one has spoken more personally and insightfully into the intersection of suffering and faith than Joni Eareckson Tada. In this 13-minute documentary, hear more from Joni herself about her story.
God's blessings are more than just polite sayings or false promises—we have assurance of these blessings from the the Holy Spirit.
If God has given you his Word and his Spirit dwells within you, there is much more you can do than you probably realize.
How are we to think about and manage our money? How can we use it for ministry?
Before teens can actually explain the gospel, they must first know it themselves. Then they must know how to articulate it.
Here are five myths about evangelism that may lead us to neglect an important facet of the Christian life.
One of our greatest struggles with contentment is that we often have an incorrect picture of what it means to be content.
Stress sickens the soul. Yes, stress causes bodily disease (some estimate that 90 percent of doctor visits are stress-related), but it also causes soul disease. Stress and spirituality are mortal enemies.
A season of singleness is not the minor leagues of marriage. It has the potential to be a unique period of undivided devotion to Christ and undistracted ministry to others.
Our screens project images to us that are more attractive than our real lives, and that’s all by design. Lured in, we escape into our screens, get hooked, and find it difficult to escape.
Christians, remember that God has graciously given us his Holy Spirit, who makes us fearless in troubled times.
It can be difficult for men to find the time and energy to invest in deep relationships with other men. But it’s worth it.
It’s easy to complicate prayer; but at its essence, prayer is simply talking with God.
Prayer is the means by which we implore the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our study time.
Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends.
Talking about shame allows the light of the gospel to begin to free God's people from its dark grip.
In our suffering God is at work to give us something much better than what we want.
Does Jesus’s teaching in the sermon on the Mount to “turn the other cheek” and not resist evil require pacifism on the part of Christians?
Before we can make decisions, it is helpful to have a robust biblical understanding of the nature of God’s will.
As Christians, we believe the Bible is the very word of God, and it’s pivotal that we spend time knowing and loving him through it.
It is a great blessing that God has revealed himself and that we have access to that revelation and Bibles in our own language.
We can't blame our environment for our struggles. The root of our wrong thinking about sex is not cultural, it's our own hearts.
The Advent story is a hope story because it chronicles the coming to earth of the One who is hope, Jesus.
In Jesus's call to make disciples everywhere and to teach his commandments entirely, we can be absolutely sure that this imperative includes those disciples we will make in our own homes.
There are lots of people who are never really confronted by the wretchedness of their own hearts.
You don’t need to unburden or collect yourself and then come to Jesus. Your very burden is what qualifies you to come.
Instead of making marriage your mission, make it God’s global cause and the advance of the gospel where you are, and look for someone pursuing the same.
The doctrine of the Trinity is for everybody who is saved by Jesus.
Jesus is not separable from the God whose wrath he faces on the cross, so he is not separable from us, if we but put our trust in him.
We study the Bible because it is God’s word to the world. We want to hear him.
Money is an accurate window on what is truly important to us.
Bobby Jamieson lists ten things we should know about sound doctrine.
As much as we try to make sense of our lives, there are things that we simply aren’t able to understand.
In all the important ways, nothing has changed about church. We are still the people of God, gathered in the presence of God, to bring glory to God.
A professional counselor encourages believers who are experiencing doubt that God is still with them and working in their lives.
God has called elders to be men worth imitating. A healthy local church typically has many people, men and women, whose example we could follow.
The Holy Spirit must always lead us into God’s truth, so pray for his help to help you lead a study of his Word.
The struggles of his Calvin’s life tested his faith. At the heart of his faith was the confidence that for the sake of Jesus, God was his loving heavenly Father.
We come into this world as a danger to ourselves. We are naturally more discontented than contented.
The classic tale of The Pilgrim’s Progress has been popular with readers through the ages because it is rooted in the truths of the Bible.
There is a reason to value some gifts above others, but the Bible does not teach that any are more important, lasting, or Christ-centered than other gifts.
Jim Hamilton discusses what to do when you hate your job, offering encouragement for those frustrated in their work and explaining the difference between a job and a vocation.
We use our imaginations all the time, whether we are daydreaming, planning, remembering, or meditating.
Seminary can by no means teach a minister everything he needs to know, but it puts strong tools in his box to set him up for a lifetime of learning and growing in the Lord.
Helpful reflections and encouragement for believers who are hesitant to return to church for a variety of reasons.
We are not called to accept, follow, or love any ideology, but rather, in discernment and wisdom and based on biblical fidelity, we should test every thought and claim.
What does the Bible teaches about tithing? Are Christians still obligated to give 10% of their income today?
There is room for the power of Christ to rest on you in such a way that it will give you the strength to be content even as you continue to live your life in the wilderness of this world.
As Christians, we’ve been released from the power of sin and death by Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross.
We keep telling ourselves that the next thing will be what satisfies us, but it never does.
God did not create us to be self-protective, so being so will eventually lead to misery rather than safety.
God is our refuge and strength. Read these passages for comfort and to help guide prayer during times of worldwide strife, conflict, and war.
With the power and presence of Jesus in our lives, we are called to endure and thus shine the light of Christ in a dark world.
A goal for all of us is to be able to say Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.
Before we can have communion (or fellowship) with Christ, we must first be in a right relationship with him. That relationship can only come from our being in union with Christ.
When we find ourselves weak, broken, disabled, we find that God shows up in unexpected ways.
Our value comes from God and he has good purposes for every role and circumstance he puts us in.
There are eight godly attitudes in Colossians 3:12–14 that are foundational to biblical peacemaking.
The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omnicompetent, omni-informed, and omnipresent.
We often say “love” when we mean sexual intimacy, or romantic love. But real love is far bigger than that.
When “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms aren’t enough to make you new, learn to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.
While the Song of Songs is for lovers, it applies not just to human relationships but also in our soul’s relationship to God.
Even though the history of the Christian church is littered with failed predictions of the end of the world, it remains true that Jesus Christ is coming back.
The gospel gives hope and encouragement to weary pastors—hope and encouragement that cannot be found anywhere else.
What we get out of the Bible largely depends on the kinds of questions we ask when reading the text. But how do we know what are the right questions to ask?
The crass references to hell we hear in everyday conversation shouldn’t dull the agonizing awareness all believers should have of the pains of hell.
You need to understand that there are two parts of the Christmas story, and you need both parts to make proper sense out of the whole story.
Let’s not neglect what Scripture has to say about singleness. It may well surprise us. It will certainly bless us.
It is the devil’s work to promote a fear of God that makes people afraid of God such that they want to flee from God.
As we emerge from this pandemic, we have a fresh opportunity to embrace essential relationships, not just returning to our pre-pandemic status-quo, but moving forward into something even better.
When we look at Jesus’s life and ministry we also see that he was the greatest evangelist. In his earthly ministry he was the light of the world, the one who always lived in a way that was pleasing to his Father.
Wives bend toward the nourishment and the leadership of their husbands—they are turning themselves toward what is for their good.
Let them grow into understanding the big truths of Scripture by building a foundation that will shape and guide them as they learn and understand the big words and the big theology of the gospel.
Your whole Bible “applies personally.” This Lord is your God; this history is your history; these people are your people; this Savior has brought you in to participate in who he is and what he does.
Prayer feels weak. We feel awkward trying. So we neglect prayer. But our prayers to God are not weak. They are powerful, because God is powerful.
What is going on when a disagreements affects your heart’s posture or hinders fellowship with another person in your church?
We’ve all experienced the desolation of being left in one way or another.
Few people acknowledge the narratives that drive the assumptions that provide our framework for how we relate to money.
Godly character is developed over time—honed by the practice of spiritual disciplines and commitment to living honorably before men and God.
James instructs the church elders to “anoint” the sick person with oil “in the name of the Lord.” Throughout the centuries, Christians have struggled to understand and apply this verse.
Joy is the gift of God to those who trust in Christ—not circumstantial, but the result of a deep trust in and love for Jesus.
In these circumstances, we may find ourselves wondering, Where is God? How can these things be happening if God is perfectly good and all-powerful? Can’t he stop them? Doesn’t he want to?
Paul’s counsel in Romans 13 assumes a government acting within its God-appointed parameters. When it does not, other measures may be in order.
Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors.
We believe Jesus in heavenly things—our adoption in Christ; so we follow him in earthly things—the adoption of children.
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.
God has made it clear that the norm for his children should be love. It is the thing that the listening and watching world should know us for.
The miracles of Jesus were relevant to the people back then. But what about now?
As another new year begins, let's examine our habits, including our relationships to social media and our phones.
This verse promises that God will never allow a temptation that we cannot stand under because he will provide the power to escape through endurance. But what is Paul getting at here in particular?
What essential ingredients do we mix together to make true friendship?
We in the church should be the loudest voice in our world to rehearse all the ways it’s good to be a girl. We know the God who made us, and we know he made us very good.
What is prayer and when and how should we do it? Explore answers to some common questions from To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
His almighty power makes it possible for him to reach out to us in love and to save us from our sins. This is why the attributes of God matter.
Jesus death an resurrection changed everything, and it has the power to change us.
Join Dane Ortlund for a 14-day audio devotional to discover the true heart of Christ for sinners and sufferers.
Many Christians don't have a category for complaint—what it means to humbly and biblically take our sorrows to the Lord.
Like it did for Paul, the truth should shape us, so that belonging to an ordinary gathering of unremarkable people becomes one of the highest joys and greatest privileges of our lives.
One of the remarkable things about God is that no one ever named him.
Leland Ryken compels us to focus on both the content and the form of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Reading the Bible, like eating a meal, isn’t only for individual consumption. Some of the greatest joys come when we enjoy God and his word together with others.
Godly leadership doesn’t give us the right to lord our authority over others; it means that it is our glory to die first.
Rather than allowing racial tension to drive a wedge between us or to frighten us into silence, lament can invite all of us on a journey toward seeking God’s grace together.
The Bible assures us that we already have eternal life here on earth and that cannot be interrupted.
Are we living as if we can accomplish things on our own, or are we praying to God like we know we can't?
It’s difficult to steward our time, talents, and treasure well in a world that invites us to self-satisfaction and self-fulfillment.
Do we think our doubts trouble Jesus? Do we think skepticism is a surprise to him? Our honest thinking will not offend him. He can handle any question we have.
Sexual sin is a matter of the heart. When it comes to sex, we all need to say that the biggest problem in our sexual lives is us.
Who will escape the wrath of God at the final judgment? Only those who belong to God, those who are sealed by him, who are numbered by him.
Read answers to common questions related to COVID-19 from a Christian physician.
Join Jen Wilkin, author of Ten Words to Live By, for a ten-day journey through the Ten Commandments, learning what they are and what they mean for our lives.
In light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, we wanted to highlight a number of resources that will help Christians to understand the truths of the pro-life position, to articulate that message, and to truly reflect on the sanctity of life.
Although sparingly told—or perhaps because it is sparingly told—the tiny drama has exercised a fascination out of all proportion to its size.
Four years ago, Cameron Cole came face-to-face with his worst nightmare. The one thing that he hoped and prayed would never happen, did happen.
Does each and every human being have an equal right to life?
Preparation for your family gathering will involve shopping, decorating, and meal planning. But it will also involve preparing your heart for how to achieve deeper conversations at your family gathering.
We should be asking ourselves if we act like family members of the church and whether or not our participation in the church strengthens or weakens it.
Divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep. Without God, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we know that only Jesus can change our hearts and unite the church.
Christian salvation is fundamentally a matter of grace, rescue, help, deliverance—it is God invading our miserable little lives and triumphing gloriously and persistently over all the sin and self he finds.
Studying God’s word is worth all the effort we can give, because it is God’s voice to us, making us wise for salvation and equipped for a life of love.
According to Scripture, laziness or sloth is considered a sinful indulgence. Learn more about what God values in kingdom laborers.
Just as we can hardly fathom the divine ferocity awaiting those out of Christ, it is equally true that we can hardly fathom the divine tenderness already resting now on those in Christ.
On the one hand, we are told that Christ frees us from fear; on the other, we are told we ought to fear—and fear God, no less. Is fear a good or a bad thing?
Many wish to know when Jesus will return to establish his kingdom fully. Even the disciples asked this very question .
People who are grieving don’t expect that you are going to say something that will make everything okay.
For most Americans, media is the omnipresent backdrop of life. We generally give no more thought to it than we do to the air we breathe. But give thought to it we must.
When the powers of darkness are arrayed against you, and aim to destroy your joy forever, nothing is more precious than to have the Word of God ready for the battle.
Read four prayers from church history along with passages from Scripture, and be encouraged to know the Lord hears you.
Consider using these eight tips, and use a notebook or the margins of your ESV Journaling Bible to record thoughts and sermon notes.
The Christian life requires strength, fortitude, and endurance. The path marked out for believers is never promised to be easy or smooth.
It was January 31, 1892, and after twenty-four years of ill health, the ‘Prince of Preachers’ went to be with the Lord, aged just fifty-seven.
Go into any Christian bookstore, and you can find an entire shelf—sometimes an entire section!—of different Bible translations.
We might think it doesn’t matter what we do with our bodies, but the Bible repeatedly and powerfully shows us this is not the case.
Children are not commodities to be bought and sold, or products to be manufactured, or objects to be designed for someone else’s use.
Access nearly five hours of free video content exploring key teachings on the Christian life from seven of church history’s greatest theologians.
Jesus is—and will always be—our king. And yet, it’s also true that our king has invited us to be his friends.
Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and the current state of the pro-life movement, highlighting the biggest mistakes pro-life people make and responding to common pro-choice arguments.
What exactly is salvation and how does it work in the life of a believer. Get answers to the basic questions of God's saving work from How to Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
After telling his followers about his forthcoming death and resurrection, Jesus told them that they were to follow him by taking up their cross.
What do you know about the life of John Stott? Do you know about the various facets of his ministry? It can sometimes feel as if Stott lived a dozen lives.
It takes discipline to carry pain with you while not letting it asphyxiate you. It will not crush you if you believe Christ is in it.
When the wrath of God is poured out, God gives us over to our desires and we become less and less human.
Our role as priests—a role that includes both male and female—is a premier theme throughout Scripture.
There are many reasons Christians might not feel like going to church. But if you can discern the reason behind your reluctance, the path forward becomes clearer.
We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loved the law.
God made you and me for far more than marriage. If we miss this, we risk wasting our lives running in wrong directions, pursuing pitiful dreams, and serving tiny gods.
Faith is a necessary part of the Christian life and allows us to live as people of hope, even when we cannot always see the fruits of our hope.
Money can’t buy you a satisfied heart, money can’t buy you peace and happiness, and money can’t buy you a reason to get up in the morning.
As our world continues to speak about inclusivity, diversity, and tolerance, it can seem like Christianity is embarrassingly behind the times.
Scripture captures both the subjective experience of being internally broken and the external experience of having something objectively hard circumstances.
Some people stop following Christ because they enjoy other things more than Jesus. To them, Christianity just isn’t satisfying anymore. So how should you deal with this important issue?
To deny God's control over suffering actually severs the root of our comfort when facing tragedy.
Mental illness is an old problem; as old as the fall. Although God made everything very good, when sin entered, humanity—together with the rest of the creation—came under the divine curse.
When God called Paul from being the church’s persecutor to be a gospel preacher, the Lord showed him how much he would suffer for the sake of his name.
The root system of the love of money runs deeper and wider through the soil of the human heart than we tend to think.
Sin becomes public in three different ways: someone confesses it, we see it, or we are told about it. Here are some ways to enter into the discussion.
Turn to the Lord in prayer and in his word during times of despair and discouragement. He is near and read to defend, protect, and preserve those he loves.
Paul Miller shares his story of learning to love by discovering the pattern of Jesus’s life.
Packer would contend that one has fallen short in the knowledge of God until such time as the glory of God becomes central in all areas of life and thought.
It may come as a surprise, but there is no explicit command in Scripture to have a time of worship each day, either as an individual or as a family.
Your kids need more than practical tips for managing their money. They need theology.
How serious is it in God’s sight to intentionally cause the death of an unborn child?
Hospitality is not a gift unto itself, but a means through which other spiritual gifts are displayed: mercy, serving, giving, and evangelizing.
Infertility is a more common experience than some realize affecting 7–10% of couples.
As a parent whose child died four and a half years ago, I want to offer you two hopeful words about that wound in your heart that never will fully heal on this side of eternity.
Disciples must keep their word, especially when others depend on them, even if circumstances change or oath keeping brings real loss.
Here are five things you might focus on in your prayers as you seek to do the heart work necessary in your own circumstances.
As the world takes a moment to applaud women and girls in various ways, may we Christians be the biggest champions, the loudest cheerers, and the most proactive supporters of women.
We surveyed 7,000 people about their phone usage habits—learn more about their answers in this infographic.
How do we handle our feelings? How do we fix them when they are broken? How do we keep our emotions from taking control of our lives?
The temptation to forget God is always present. But there is a way to maintain one's devotion to the Lord.
What does it mean that the husband is the head of his wife? What is the covering? What “head” does the woman dishonor? What does Paul mean by “authority”?
Why does the Great Commandment instruct us to love God first, others second? Because this is the order in which God himself loves.
Doctrine is a body of teaching. Christian doctrine is the teaching found in the Bible—about who God is, who we are, and why the world exists.
What is the best way Protestants today should look back on the Reformation? Should we think of it more like a happy birth or an ugly divorce?
God values all work that's done in his name and in service of others, so you don't need to be embarrassed about your at-home work.
There is something so intricate and meaningful about how God has made us that we really should be in awe of that fact.
What is catechesis? Here are 10 facts you should know.
Jen Wilkin discusses God-given limits as created beings, reflecting on why the common refrain that we should look inside ourselves for meaning and purpose is so misguided.
The whole duty and calling of every human being who has ever lived is to love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength.
God is not counting our failures against us, and we are not building a treasury of merit with our successes. We are simply trying to live a disciplined life that pleases our loving Father.
David Mathis discusses how anyone can make Bible reading a habit in 2020, reflecting on the pros and cons of New Year's resolutions and offering practical advice on making a plan to read the Bible every day.
The Lord specializes in using people who feel weak in themselves, and your sense of inadequacy will probably protect you.
God tells us over and over in Scripture to lean on him for what our human strength and ingenuity cannot achieve.
The question of transgender identity looks set to be significant for Christians both in matters of public life and pastoral care for the foreseeable future.
We cannot force this faith. We labor for it, we teach to it, we encourage it, and above all, we can pray for it.
Our occupation is what occupies us as we make a living. The word vocation originates in a word for “calling” and refers to what God has called us to do to fulfill his mission in our lives.
Social media has become the new PR firm of the brand Self, and we check our feeds compulsively and find it nearly impossible to turn away from looking at—and loving—our “second self.”
You have probably heard that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. This claim is driven by Pew Research Center data, but it can be misleading.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Prayer and evangelism are both part of the plan—the all-embracing, all-pervasive, unstoppable providence of God is the only hope for making our efforts effective.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp explores the idea of elusive rest and our ultimate hope in the life to come.
The topic of money can be tricky for Christians to navigate. What does the Bible say about it and how ought we to use it to honor God?
The push toward the virtual church, we fear, is a push to individualize Christianity. It trains Christians to think of their faith in autonomous terms.
Fear is probably the strongest human emotion. But it baffles us. When we come to the Bible, the picture seems equally confusing: is fear a good thing or bad?
Apologetics is a means to an end: a means of helping people to live for Jesus.
Turn to the Word of God and the prayers of the saints when your heart is saddened and in need of the gospel’s hope.
Unrealistic standards of beauty are being pushed on us almost constantly by the media, and the cumulative effect is that it can leave us thinking about our bodies in a seriously distorted way.
Students: as you head back to school, don't forget to prepare and recalibrate your hearts for the days ahead through intentional prayer.
Spiritual gifts are capacities or abilities imparted to Christians by the Holy Spirit to enable them to exceed the limitations of their finite humanity in order to serve other believers to the glory of God.
But if God invites and expects all his children—regardless of their age, IQ, education, or resources—to do the same thing—to pray—then prayer has to be simple.
Why should we study ethics from a biblical perspective? Why should we collect and summarize the Bible’s teaching in a systematic way?
There are four key principles that arise from Christian bioethics that can practically help us when we are in emotional turmoil.
Lewis is a master of the soul. He understands the human heart, in all its deceitfulness and grandeur, both in its good design and in its twisted corruption.
God didn’t redeem us, body and soul, only for us to leave emotions out of the Christian life.
It is within a man’s private life, in those “unseen hours,” where his character is most laid bare.
Let’s be honest, we’re all worried, aren’t we? The good news is that God knew this day was coming and has provided counsel for us to stop worry at its source.
Learn some practical tips for engaging with and getting the most out of your time in God's living, active Word.
Be amazed at the power of Christ to transform a helpless man; but also, marvel at the love of Christ that claims rebels like this as his own.
As mediator, Jesus brings us to God, but he does so by pouring out his Spirit upon us so that our own prayer life is to replicate his prayer life in terms of how the Holy Spirit binds us to our Father in heaven.
The gospel of Jesus Christ, by its very nature, refuses to be bottled up. It must be shared.
I’m passionate that every Christian display the gospel in their lives, which is why I’m passionate about church membership.
This advice is purposed not to make things easier, but to make the process more realistic, and more pleasant.
We live in polarized times. Outrage and rancor seem to be simmering all around us, and it’s making it harder to talk across ideological lines.
There are two dangers that we can fall into with the things of earth: idolatry and ingratitude.
Legalism is the tendency to regard as divine law things that God has neither required nor forbidden in Scripture.
Diligence and discernment are necessary to combat these 4 cultural factors that contribute to burnout.
The New Testament Epistles offer several characteristics of false teachers and those susceptible to their teachings.
The Lord pursues and offers forgiveness of sins to those who want their own way, who want to have their own kingdom.
Ours is not a time of great respect for authority. For most people, including many evangelical Christians, personal freedom and liberty are avidly pursued virtues.
Do teenagers confuse you? This article shares 10 things you should know about them.
Jesus didn’t set the Ten Commandments aside. He fulfilled them.
Warfield was a towering theological figure at the turn of the twentieth century.
Whether speaking with strangers, acquaintances, or those we dearly love, we sometimes realize that we and they would greatly benefit if we would talk about God. But how?
What is most lacking in this Christian world is not the need for more extroverts, but the need for more discernment.
God not only forgives your sins and guarantees you a seat in eternity, but welcomes you to a radically new way of living.
Self-consciousness is really bondage to the question What do people think of me?
Mourning sin—past, present, and future—is the first step in seeking and celebrating the hope of divine grace.
One aspect of the doctrine of vocation flies in the face of every self-help book and occupational seminar, every conversation about “your plans,” and every agonizing bout of decision-making.
John Piper discusses complementarianism, with both personal and practical implications, and how we should think about it in the #MeToo era.
Feelings are not meant to be our guide. That's the role of God's Word in our lives.
Scripture speaks directly to the Christian’s responsibility to address or confront sin in the lives of other Christians.
What’s the most frightening thing you’ve ever had to do? Terror is a powerful force that can seize us and render us powerless to act.
Even if the Mosaic covenant no longer has binding force on us today, we still need to realize that the Old Testament is a valuable source of ethical wisdom.
Muslims love to talk about religion, and I write this to encourage you to talk with your Muslim neighbors about meaningful spiritual matters that concern salvation and eternity.
The pattern for prayer that Jesus has given to you and to me exists so that we may discover peace and contentment, hope and forgiveness, truth and assurance.
A 7-day video devotional on ESV.org aimed at helping you run to God in the midst of trials and suffering.
The issue isn’t really whether or not God has emotions but what they are like. Does God experience emotions the way we do?
Learn about a man from humble origin who the Lord has used in mighty ways.
I owe more to the ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones than I can put into words.
Older women, read Titus 2, and be encouraged to embrace your calling to train younger women in the church.
The faithful, covenant-keeping God asks the objects of his love to love him and other human beings too.
God is working in and through the daily, faithful, consistent discipline of Bible reading—even if it’s hard to see it in the moment.
Jesus claims rule over all of heaven and earth. He presents himself not as one possible path to God, but as God himself.
We won’t be able to say everything in one conversation, and we certainly won’t say everything perfectly.
Sanctification demonstrates that right actions work their way out from the inside and not the other way around.
As you prayerfully saturate your mind with God's Word, it begins more and more to control your thinking and behavior.
Most of us like to think we’re basically good people. We know we’re not perfect. We sometimes do bad things. But at heart, we think we’re pretty good.
Biblical theology provides the basis for understanding how texts in one part of the Bible relate to all other texts.
We need to know what Scripture says in general about God’s relationship to evil. Scripture declares that the Judge of all the earth will always do what is right.
Christ had to have trust in his Father, hope in his Father’s promises, and love for his Father.
When we understand that the church is a family, we more clearly perceive the biblical emphasis on the Lord’s Supper as a family meal, to be celebrated by the church as Jesus’s family.
Perhaps you have come to see your emptiness as your biggest problem. That’s not how God sees it.
Whether stay-at-home mom or career woman, where God has you now is his good design for you.
In the midst of confusing, chaotic, and despairing times, carols give expression to the hope, peace, and joy we’re all longing for.
Are all sins the same in God’s eyes, or are some sins worse than others? All sins are the same in the sense that each renders a person guilty and worthy of God’s wrath.
Expressive individualism, like a lot of things, captures something of the truth. Human beings do have an inner life, and that inner life is very important to who we are.
In this episode of The Crossway Podcast, we chat with Jen Wilkin about the importance of developing a habit of Bible study in various seasons of life.
A frequent misconception about suffering often recurs in Christian circles. It says: “You are suffering because God is trying to teach you something.”
Here are seven important principles for sharing our faith with others gleaned from a close reading of Acts 8.
Four years ago, Paul David Tripp entered the hospital with what he thought was a minor issue and began a journey with pain and suffering for which he felt completely unprepared.
Exploring the theological past can unearth wonderful theological truths that are incredibly helpful for our own growth in grace and enable us to understand all the more how mighty and merciful God truly is.
Read whole letters written by the apostle Paul in one sitting without distraction.
Why are we to rejoice in our suffering? Why do we suffer in the ways that we do, and why do some suffer much more than others? Why doesn’t God usually answer our prayers for him to end our suffering?
Prayer is oxygen for the Christian. It sustains us. So it follows that prayer must be a source of life for any community of Christians.
Have you confessed your sin to God and acknowledged that it was wrong? His word says that he is faithful to forgive your sins.
We must be careful to guard the true meaning of Christmas, keeping it from becoming about busyness and bondage to creation.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see growth right away. It might take months and it might even take years, but keep being faithful to your calling as parents.
You may see yourself as damaged goods, but that's not all you are. You are made in the image of your Creator.
The New Testament apostles can't conceive of anything called a Christian that's not connected to Christ's body.
As members of our families, God calls us to love and serve one another, and, as members of the Household of God, to practice stewardship over the gifts God has given us.
We need to think of the blessings, to all concerned, of biblically responsible discipling when we are reminded of the pitfalls associated with unbiblical discipling relationships.
God is unendingly patient with us, his children. In turn, we can exhibit grace and patience with others through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Martin Luther believed that maintaining a good conscience was worth going to prison for and even dying for.
In the midst of your heaviest grief, those around you will likely return to life as normal long before you can. Be realistic about people and their ability to enter into your suffering, to stay, and to remember.
The more we are pulled in different directions, the more we have to work to guard the time we give to personal study of our Bibles.
Sometimes our imitation of God slides, ever so subtly, into replacement of God. We do that thing that we do. We take his place, and soon it is our honor that we are concerned about.
As we look back on the life of J. I. Packer, join us in thanking God for his humble writing ministry and the legacy of his service to the church.
The truth is, most of us don’t like the look of discouragement. It feels embarrassing. But when we avoid areas of our own insufficiency, we also avoid finding the help we so desperately need.
Is Jesus's Resurrection and Our Justification Linked? Romans 4:25 reads "[Jesus] was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification". The Greek behind our English word for could mean either “because of” or …
What does the Bible really teach about abortion and the sanctity of human life?
What we say and write reveals what we place our hope in. Our words are the overflow of what is going on in our hearts.
If the ship is going down, it’s not arrogant to tell people the truth and point them to the lifeboat. It’s deeply unloving not to.
Jesus calls us to this immense personal and corporate challenge. Are you up for it?
We are shaped by the winds that blow around us. In the age of the omnipresent smartphone, the wind that shapes us most is online.
Turn to God and his Word and the prayers of the saints when your heart cries out to the Lord in repentance.
Our society may not be a happy Christian one, but that leaves the gospel room to speak, stand, and save.
If we take apathy seriously, as does God, we will be better equipped to recognize it when it threatens, avoid it, or at least escape from it earlier.
A professional counselor speaks to Christian who are unmotivated to continually seek God and serve others.
Women's bodies are weaker because God made their bodies to be weaker than men’s bodies and that's what Peter's talking about in 1 Peter 3.
Hear stories from 5 women God is using right now to take the good news to those who need to meet the Savior.
Are you busy? Are you important? Do you work on a tight schedule? Are your boundaries well-fortified?
The question for each of us is: What is the one thing that is keeping me from giving everything to the kingdom of God?
The mark of a faithful church service is not whether it caters to our tastes, but whether it orients us to devotion to God, love for the body, and zeal to see our neighbors know Christ.
Any good news in the hospital is a glimmer of God’s grace. Any cure reflects not the power of our own hands, but rather his provision for us.
What does it look like to pursue real fulfillment in God, rather than in ourselves? And what's wrong with the self-obsessed, individualistic culture that dominates our world today?
What is church membership? It’s the commitment Christians make to keep one another accountable for regularly gathering and centering their lives together on the gospel.
We make time for many things. But none is so important as the life-giving Word of God.
Let’s talk about why we should take the Titus mandate seriously and not miss God’s rich provisions for our growth in grace.
The Son, who is in eternal relation to the Father and Spirit, willingly humbled himself and chose to assume a human nature in obedience to his Father and for our salvation (Phil. 2:6-8).
We should all learn the language of poetry. Here are ten reasons why.
We should admit up front that there are some decent reasons a person might have for being an atheist.
The devil is a very real, very powerful opponent, far too powerful for us to take on in our own strength.
We’re called to leave the past behind, but that doesn’t mean that the scars of painful things are gone.
Prayer, whether it is confession, supplication, thanksgiving, or adoration, always involves a surrender, an embracing of God’s ever-present presence.
Emotions can seem as unpredictable as the wind—apparently beyond your control. But we don’t have to live at the mercy of our emotions.
How much do you really think about your smartphone? Here are 10 things you should know.
The gospel flows from God’s deepest heart for his people, a heart of tender love for the sinful and suffering.
It seems to me that suffering without grumbling is one of the world's rarities.
The best self-care habits, not only for the Christian but for any human being, lead us back to our Maker and Savior.
Don't let your pastor be the only thing that connects you to your church.
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One’s gifting is certainly a consideration (“able to teach”), but it is not the whole, or even the main thing, that Paul is looking for in an overseer.
What systematic theology offers is a way of surveying the essential content of the entire Bible.
There are simple ways that we can demonstrate a deep sensitivity to the pain of grieving people.
Paul Tripp shares how raising children often exposes the idols of our own hearts—and gives us the opportunity to rely on the power of Christ.
Why should we Christian women turn our attention to the disciplines that will train us for godliness? In today's culture, disciplined Christian lives are the exception, not the rule.
The way so many of us treat the Scriptures—as God's "how to" book—doesn't seem quite right when we carefully look at what its own pages say.
Kent Hughes discusses why discipline is so important for the life of a Christian man. He explains how discipline is actually aimed at freeing us to be the men that God called us to be.
When we make a home for others, we are often doing small and unseen work humanly speaking, but the meaning behind the work is never small.
The question we must always ask of suffering is this: What could possibly be worth it? Jesus’s flabbergasting claim is that he is.
Learn about a man from humble origin who the Lord has used in mighty ways.
While many know D. A. Carson for his mind and his impressive scholarly writings, fewer have an intimate acquaintance with the heart that produces those works.
We all love the sights, sounds, colors, and tastes of the season, but are we loving Christmas for all the wrong reasons?
A medical doctor shares 10 things you should know about dementia, offering advice and encouragement for everyone affected.
We will often neglect what we don’t prioritize. And book reading is often neglected because it fails to be a priority.
God has given us work to do faithfully and joyfully—with both our minds and our hands.
There are plenty of men who know their names and their occupations and yet don’t really know who they are at the core of their being. Therefore, they have no real sense of purpose in life.
If you’re over the age of twenty-five and single, surely by now you’ve experienced at least some of the challenges of living an uncoupled life.
You may not know how badly you needed silence and solitude until you get to know them.
The bold and clear preaching of the cross materializes the spectacle of the cross before a congregation, for those with the faith to see it.
What are the essential wisdom perspectives that Scripture gives us that enable us to have realistic expectations for our marriage?
No matter how hard your story is right here, right now, it is guaranteed for you as God’s child that it will end better that you can imagine.
Am I faithfully obeying God as his child by meeting the genuine needs of others, or am I pursuing self-actualization, self-fulfillment, or selfish ambition apart from him?
Retirement presents a new freedom to live your life according to your God-given priorities.
What are the essential wisdom perspectives that Scripture gives us that enable us to have realistic expectations for our marriage?
Douglas Sean O'Donnell exposes Job's under-the-surface theological foundations that made him hold up under duress.
If we intend to teach our children how to appropriately enjoy, but not abuse, time in front of a screen, we must check our own hearts and habits first.
Gratitude to God is essential, but not only for the sake of the good things which he bestows.
In our individualistic, consumer-minded culture, it can seem acceptable to conclude that, if you’re an introvert, church just isn’t your thing. But the Scriptures tell a different story.
It can be hard to discern whether or not we're idolizing our work in the home. Unfortunately, the reality is that we often do. But there are a few questions we can ask ourselves that may help.
You’re not doing anything, but God is. Waiting is one of the greatest applications of the Christian faith.
Throughout his New Testament writings, the apostle John summarized a Christian’s obligation to obey the Scriptures. He made it clear that walking in the ways of the word was not optional.
In our digital age, it’s helpful to remember the importance of real-life relationships and the benefits of older believers in the faith who can offer us wisdom, presence, and pursuit.
I would argue that the author of Hebrews is presenting much more than a definition of what faith is, but also offering a summary of what faith does.
Music can be a part of worship, but it was never meant to be the heart of it.
The gentle and quiet spirit of which Peter speaks, calling it “of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:4), is the true femininity.
We want our grand abilities and keen insights to make us usable to God, not our broken hearts and crippling weaknesses.
Living in light of our death reorients us to our limitations as creatures and helps us see God’s good gifts right in front of us—enabling us to live wisely, freely, and generously.
Before we can fight our sin, we must know what sins are currently present in our lives
Behind the text of Philippians stands a riveting story shared by Paul and the Philippian Christians—what we might call the “fellowship of the cross.”
We live for Christ because Christ lived and died for us. But we are not able to maintain a Christ-focused life apart from being “Spirit energized.”
Tony Reinke reflects on how to do a digital detox, why we should be careful with our social media habits, and what the massive success of the new Avengers film can teach us about our media saturated world.
Lament doesn't solve all the problems of racial disharmony. It’s not without risk. But it helps.
The crazy days will come. But with a little intentionality, and with a modest plan in place, you can learn to navigate these days, and even walk with greater dependence on God.
We humans are hoping creatures; we live very largely on and in our anticipations, things we know are coming and we look forward to.
Suffering disrupts our lives, seeming to violate the way life should be. This can make us desperate to know why we are suffering.
Because of who human beings are by God’s design and their lofty place in God’s economy, we should always treat everyone with dignity no matter who they are.
John Piper reflects on key verses that have had a huge impact on his life and helped him grasp the connection between our joy and God’s glory.
For hurting people, knowing that this expression of grief is a biblical and a God-given category can be a watershed moment.
Some people have good friendships, some don’t. Friendship—true friendship—requires intentionality and even skill.
What does the Bible really teach about angels, demons, and Satan, and what have we implicitly adopted from culture?
Self-care has become a thing. The trend got traction by appealing to necessity—you can’t care for others if you don’t first care for yourself.
The true woman does not compartmentalize domesticity, nor does she reduce it to a set of behaviors.
Work is not primarily a place to please our boss, help our customers, make money, or build a career. Work/life balance begins with a biblical view of work.
Can an all-knowing, omniscient God ever truly forget? Is it not an essential element in being God that nothing ever slips his mind? Could God ever not remember?
Why is our culture obsessed with gender identity and sexuality? Learn what history has to say about our modern times and how Christians can navigate this increasingly hostile issue.
We need the Spirit to give us power over our idolatrous desires.
For the believer, the most important thing we can do this Christmas is not wrap another present, but open up our hearts and minds anew to the wonder of God coming to earth.
Christopher Ash shares biblical wisdom and practical advice for couples working through disagreements related to money, sex, and kids.
We have sin patterns that we battle for years, and we can have the sense that we're getting any better at this re-imaging thing.
It is tempting to rush into discussions about what to do (and not to do) on the Sabbath. But before we get there, there are a couple of questions that we need to ask.
I understand there are lazy people out there who need to get radical for Jesus. I also know people like me, people who easily feel a sense of responsibility, people who easily feel bad for not doing more
One important question in reading any biblical text is who you, as a reader, identify with. This is easier for some texts than for others. Who do we identify with in the book of Job?
Scripture is clear that all earthly fatherhood finds its origin in our heavenly Father, but it also reveals more than that.
The word of God is more than enough for the people of God to live their lives to the glory of God.
Reflect on the goodness of God and his gifts to his children, and give thanks for who he is!
Now more than ever, it’s time to pick up Owen and find his encouragement for the Christian life.
Life has not passed you by. It’s not going to. If you are in Christ, your life has only just begun.
What is a sacrament and what is its purpose in the church? Learn answers from To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
Many Christians experience seasons of spiritual apathy when the heart seems miles behind what we know to be true in our minds.
We tend to define our life based on our perception of our progress. Am I where I thought I would be at this age? Are my dreams more or less real today? Unfortunately, our plans and dreams can become idols.
We can trust God to manage the future without our help. It is none of our business.
That you are experiencing rounds of temptation is not as unusual as you might suppose. From the inception of the church believers have found this pilgrim way to be strewn with multiple temptations.
Reconciliation—vertical and horizontal—is the goal of the good news. Gospel unity creates racial harmony.
Since the Bible is the Word of the all-powerful God, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it is active and accomplishes much.
The cross is the basis by which we can be forgiven. Because the cross is literally crucial, it sometimes overshadows the resurrection.
How can we keep on loving and serving people when life has so much pain and disappointment? What are the roots of endurance?
Discipleship involves a lot, but one of the most important things you can do with a new believer is read the Bible with them–teaching them how to read, understand, respond to, and apply God’s Word.
Our own complaints are not caused by our outward circumstances; rather, they reveal the inward condition of our hearts.
Our new status and our new identity are due to the saving mercy and transformative power of God and are not of ourselves.
As a stay-at-home mom, it can be really hard to think about balance in the work of the home because we don’t have a boss.
Our lives are building slowly toward a great climax of redemption when we will finally see God face to face. And there are smaller victories along the way.
The fear of God is not a state of mind you can guarantee with five easy steps. It is not something that can be acquired with simple self-effort.
As leaders of God’s people, we all long to make a difference for Christ. We don’t want to be unfruitful. The main reason to nurture gentleness is neither pragmatic nor historical, but biblical.
The case can be made that every Christian is a theologian because every Christian has a theology, whether well thought out or not.
Ninety-nine years ago today, Grand Canyon National Park was established after President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional act. Learn the invaluable lesson John Piper thinks this national landmark can teach.
The gospel is entirely relational. Christ purchased for us peace with God and, through that peace, peace with one another.
Do multiservice and multisite church models run counter to the pattern for the local church we see in the New Testament?
Faith, hope, and love have been referred to as the three divine sisters. We can think of them as three beautiful sisters joined together, hand-in-hand, swirling around as in a dance.
When we enter this Eden 2.0, we’ll begin to experience all that God has intended for his people all along.
Our culture is obsessed with wealth and riches. Why, then, does Jesus call the poor "blessed?"
To read the Bible faithfully, we need the proper tools. The discipline of biblical theology is one of those helpful tools.
You can be in community with any number of people, but not actually have any true friends.
Learn more about how Jane Austen's faith went from sympathetic to genuine.
If you try to grow as a Christian apart from a church, your growth will be misshapen.
Ultimately, the local church makes visible what is invisible, and reflects in words and deeds the kingdom life that is to come.
Sanctification is a process that lasts a lifetime—it follows no formula or schedule. God's grace sustains us to grow as we simply point in the right direction.
The Bible is a book about God’s plan to glorify himself by saving sinners through the work of his Son, Jesus Christ. At every point, Scripture’s covenant theology leads us to Jesus.
By persevering in prayer, your gaze will be fixed on Christ, which God will use to transform you.
The global economy can be a little frustrating because globalization and the global economy are terms that mean different things to different people.
I believe God will always give an alternative by which we can do what is right in his sight.
What is required of us to live in this world as citizens worthy of all the wonders and relationships belonging to the next?
This verse is well-loved and often quoted, but frequently misunderstood and thus misapplied. This verse is not a promise that God will enable believers to do whatever they want whenever they want it.
Your struggle with assurance is a struggle to see yourself rightly—specifically, to exchange your perspective of yourself with God’s perspective of you.
By God’s grace, waiting on a prodigal can actually strengthen your faith.
Sliding into liberalism is when you no longer take the time or make the effort to define your terms.
Because your world is not out of control but under God’s careful redemptive control, you can have hope even when it looks to you as if darkness is winning the day.
The testimony of Scripture is clear: if we want to walk in the way of holiness, the love of God is indispensable to our progress.
We speak often in the church about how Christianity is a religion of the heart. It is right to speak of Christianity in this way, but not exclusively in this way.
Although you feel hopeless and helpless, I want to assure you that there is hope and there is help.
Scripture is not silent when it comes to the question of God's sovereignty in our suffering.
Having your family in a Christ-exalting, gospel-centered, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting—but it is not enough.
Older women are to be faithful examples as they teach younger women. As you think about Paul's message to older women, consider these questions from the book of Titus.
Barbara Hughes discusses why discipline is important for Christian women, highlighting her own struggle to cultivate a disciplined life over the years.
The languishing come to drink at the fountain of God’s life-giving word. That too is worship. It magnifies the necessity and desirableness of God.
Emotions are not a bad thing, but they must arise from accurate thoughts about the truths of Scripture.
Practicing spiritual disciplines may feel like work at first. Establishing new habits always presses against our apathy in uncomfortable ways.
Christian teenagers attempting to grow in godliness tend to face a series of unique challenges.
There is not an uninfluenced day, hour, or minute in our lives. We are constantly discipled by the cultural, relational, and spiritual forces around us. Which discipling forces influence you the most?
He is to have absolute rule and sovereignty over one’s life; no family relationship can take precedence over one’s commitment to Jesus.
Preach to your people a theology of suffering that places all our trials in the hands and will of a loving Father.
What the Lord requires of us is faithfulness. And while it’s perfectly normal for every pastor to want his church to grow, it’s also idolatrous to marry our validation and our justification to our attendance.
We need more of the Puritan focus on the Word of God.
If you have no hope to be accepted into God’s family other than the perfect record of your righteous brother, Jesus, then you can be sure you’ve found your forever-family.
Nine verses to meditate on during National Day of Prayer.
The primary purpose for observing Christmas is remembering Jesus’s birth.
As we sweat out the disciplines of a godly pastor, remember, with Paul, what energizes us to live them out.
God promises never to repay us for our sins. Why? How? Because he's already poured out that judgment and that wrath on his Son in our place.
From the psalms we see that God works in and through our emotions to draw us closer to him and to mature us spiritually.
Dane Ortlund explains the purpose behind reading the Bible every day.
The great privilege of man is to receive everything that God gives, and then to enjoy it and to enjoy him in it.
How we think about the church will affect how we think about our service in the church.
We don’t want to miss the heart of Proverbs—what God is saying to his people through this unique portion of Scripture.
The fact that Mother’s Day may have secular origins does not mean that it can’t be used by Christian husbands to remind us of biblical principles related to our mothers and wives.
To be converted as a Christian is to have changed your thinking and your believing about Jesus Christ, and to be changed into a person who is no longer an enemy of God but a beloved child of God.
Do our kids know the thing that will sustain and oxygenate them when other vital needs go unmet?
Christopher Ash offers seven reasons to study the book of Job.
We are not just individually liberated from death, hell, and the Devil—the whole of creation is on an exodus journey as well.
It is one of the great ironies of Scripture that the generation that saw God’s works most vividly became the epitome of those who refuse to believe him.
As God's children, we inherit God’s glorious new world. But more than that, we inherit God himself.
There is an intimate path between our words and our heart. Our speech simply puts on display what is produced in the heart–whether good or evil.
The nature of the divine glory can sustain a marriage. We can marvel at its multifaceted radiance and rejoice at the very down-to-earth assistance it affords husbands and wives.
What does Scripture say about God's disposition towards us as redeemed sinners? What does it mean that Jesus is "gentle and lowly in heart"?
The Apostle Paul remembered who he was in Christ. He remembered that beating within him is none other than Christ himself—the indwelling Christ with all his resources of power and love and joy.
The hardest thing about waiting is not knowing when it’s going to end, if it is going to end.
What glory right here, right now, has captured your heart, and how is it shaping the way you respond to the situations, locations, and relationships in your life?
If evangelicalism is to have a future worthy of the name, we who would be people of the gospel must cultivate an integrity to the gospel, and on more than paper.
Though God receives our offerings, he isn’t looking for our outward offerings that give back to him what he gave us in the first place.
It’s not to the government, nor to any king or pope or any other ruler, but rather to the church that the keys of the kingdom of God are given.
Drew Hunter discusses advice for Christians eager to reinvigorate, or maybe jumpstart for the first time, a consistent Bible-reading habit.
Many non-Christians take a “blind leap of faith” that their non-Christian beliefs are true simply because they want them to be true.
Justin Buzzard offers advice for husbands eager to love and serve their wives on a daily basis.
As churches everywhere shake their heads in frustration over declining commitment among younger generations, we need to remember that a person’s commitment to the church is often formed early.
As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we remember him, just as he told us to. We look back with thankful hearts to the cross.
Most Active Does Not Equal Most Fruitful Could it be that the most active members of your congregation are the least fruitful? Consider for a moment: in God’s sight, not all activity carries equal value. …
It's just not accurate to say that what we are seeing now as expressions of homosexuality were completely unknown to the biblical authors.
Works have no value before a perfectly holy God. Instead, place your faith in Jesus alone.
Start this 5 day video devotional on 3 life-giving habits that can act as channels of God's grace in your life.
The biblical picture of love can differ wildly from how the world defines it. Be set aright and encouraged by these verses and commentary.
Catechesis—from a Greek word meaning "instruction by mouth"— is a historic teaching method of giving Christians the language with which to articulate the basic tenets of faith.
As Spurgeon saw it, the new birth of a Christian has to be a work of pure divine grace: the sinful human heart is impotent, unwilling, and wholly unworthy.
Repentance begins with a recognition of the multitude of ways in which our thinking and attitude and belief system are contrary to what is revealed in Scripture.
Accepting help means you're acknowledging that you are not God. God doesn't need help from anyone, but you, as a human being, need a whole lot of help to get things done.
While Christians are never promised immunity from suffering, they are promised a purpose in the midst of it.
Mourning acknowledges that the world is not the way God meant it to be. Mourning cries out for God’s redeeming, restoring hand.
When you’re facing times of trouble and it feels like God is against you, there are two important things to do.
If by “personal” we mean something that belongs to you and no one else, your decision about whether or not to end this pregnancy by abortion is not as personal as they say.
There are many people inside the church—and especially outside the church—who would say the Ten Commandments are irrelevant or antiquated.
Most people associate the word “catholic” with the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, when used with a little c, the word simply means worldwide or universal.
What follows is the catechism that pastor Richard Baxter used in his parish to train and instruct those under his care.
In the midst of evil, in a world in which the Christian faith is under attack, we need hope and assurance that evil will not have the last word.
These days, knowing who you are and being true to yourself are seen as signs of good mental health and well-being, and the keys to authentic living and true happiness.
A simple definition is to think of the kingdom of God as his reign and rule. Another way to think of the kingdom is as God’s redemptive presence coming down from heaven to earth.
Norman Geisler (1932–2019) distinguishes here between contrary beliefs and the absoluteness of truth.
Perhaps it takes growing old to realize that aging with grace sometimes feels impossible. It is more than we can handle.
The Lord’ Supper is an ordinance of remembrance, and recipients must turn their minds to the cross as they approach the Table.
The Bible has much to offer believers as they seek to obey the Lord in every area of life, but it is not always as easy as matching one Bible verse with a problem.
The book of Job does not directly tell us how to address Job-like suffering. But I think we can sketch what a helpful answer would be, if we take an approach exactly opposite from the friends.
Be sure that a theological error is not the root of your distress. Especially have a solid understanding of the covenant of grace and the riches of mercy revealed in Christ.
God has a purpose for even our most difficult seasons. He offers hope and eternal perspective in the midst of them.
The first step in reading the Bible in the power of another is to begin with humility. It begins with the renunciation of pride.
God is the one who enables us to do the good works he has called us to do.
We can call on the Lord on behalf of those who don't know him—for he knows and cares for them.
The Christian life isn’t guaranteed to be without struggle and strife—and it undoubtedly requires courage. God’s Word invites us to trust in God’s power and strength, and not our own.
Our heavenly Father has good news for each and every one of us, as well as fatherly gifts in store.
There are some basic steps we shouldn’t miss before we try and treat anxiety and depression with medication and counseling.
Thinking about the will of God is asking a secondary question when there’s a primary question that we need to ask first.
Four things grieving people wish we knew about grief to help us confidently interact and helpfully take action.
We are pleased to share the entire audio of The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung on The Crossway Podcast.
Deaconing is not for the faint of heart. Much of it is thankless: grunt work, not stage work.
It is possible to know God because God has made himself known. Our knowledge of God is real but never exhaustive.
Many Christians have taken “the gift of singleness” to mean some special capacity to cope with it. But there are a number of problems with this way of thinking.
The Bible is more than just a book about events in history: it’s a unified story.
Biblical theology is crucial for the health of the church because the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.”
What is wisdom? It’s a capacity of mind that combines the fear of the Lord with the skill of living in God’s created but fallen world in a way that yields justice, peace, and flourishing.
You are completely valued and treasured just as you are because the Being running this massive universe is, in fact, a personal Being and he loves you wholly and completely.
The Lord's Prayer—a simple prayer which Jesus taught his disciples—can also show us how to talk with God in prayer.
One way to teach our children about our need for God’s grace in Christ is to appropriately confess our sin to them.
Adoption reflects the gospel to a watching world. Learn more about the process and purpose of adoption.
Think of Scripture and prayer as inhaling and exhaling because that shows the two necessarily go together.
When it comes to how we think about conversion, it’s crucial to get both our doctrine and our practices right. Churches should believe that God makes people radically new, not just nice, through conversion.
You might feel overwhelmed by the amount of parenting advice that exists. Take a breath. Break the goal down into small steps, and take one step at a time.
Nancy Guthrie discusses dealing with grief over the holidays and how God used suffering in her own life to teach her about his healing grace.
God’s word is powerful. When reading our Bible we hear his voice. However, it does not mean that Scripture is always easy to understand.
We pray because we should, or worse, because we think we have to if we want to experience God’s blessings. A quote from John Calvin in his commentary on Matthew 6:5–6 helped me understand prayer differently.
Are you worn down by the weight of the countless roles and expectations in your life? Are you feeling the pressure of doing more and striving harder to please the people around you?
Too often, we're not honest with one another about where we hurt, how we struggle, and what we need.
When we fellowship with the Lord, we will find a new security, a new peace, and a new confidence in the Lord and in just getting through life.
When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood.
Has the church neglected one-on-one discipleship? Why should an emphasis on this kind of intensive discipleship be recaptured today?
Our neighbors are the people who are in closest proximity to us. They're not always in the house next to us or the homeless shelter across town. Often, they're sleeping in the next room over.
There is a difference between a person in whom disappointment leads to self-reformation and someone in whom grief leads to heartfelt confession. We often confuse the two.
Do your kids try to avoid family worship? Do they find excuses not to be there? Do they obviously dread it and groan when you reach for the Bible?
Godly growth and change happens through 5 influences and circumstances: God, Scripture, wise people, suffering, and you.
Seasoned pastor, John MacArthur, reflects on what it takes for a pastor to persevere through the challenges of a long and faithful ministry.
Father in heaven, in spite of all our uncertainties and all our embattled anxieties and all our discomfort, we say, great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
Godliness requires discipline. Here are four categories to commit to growing in.
If we spend our time gazing only on lesser things, we will become like them, measuring our years in terms of human glory.
Why do we quit paying attention? Because it is hard work to care, it is hard work to discipline ourselves to be careful, and it is hard work to always be thinking of another person.
Consider the following resources to help you as you commit to pursuing biblical truth this year.
Conflict is inevitable, so how will we handle it?
Few things halt conversation as quickly as the topic of death, yet the stewardship of our God-given lives matters until the very end.
If only we could depend on something more than the power of our thinking and the tools we possess to stand between us and disaster.
Biblical freedom doesn't mean doing what we want to do, but what we ought to do.
Traditionally eschatology consists of the return of Christ, the resurrection, the final judgment, heaven, and hell. Here's what else you should know.
The law in the New Testament is to show us that in the life of the believer, the law is in fact a means of grace because it shows us what pleases God.
Baptism declares that you are in Christ. You have died with him and risen with him.
John Piper discusses God's sovereignty, pastoral burnout, and the sin of racism.
Paul makes it clear in Romans 6, those who are truly in Christ will not want to keep on sinning.
Christ not only valued women very highly, but also demonstrated a clear role distinction between men and women.
Not everyone who commits these sins is excluded from God’s heavenly kingdom. Yet, those who persistently give themselves over to them demonstrate that they are indeed excluded from eternal life.
What Christians mean by singleness is often very different to what our secular friends mean by singleness.
Human beings weren't created to be lonely. We were created for intimate relationship with God and intimate relationships with one another.
Burnout is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual exhaustion and breakdown. It is usually caused by living at too fast a pace, for too long, doing too much.
When it looks like we’re facing defeat or failure, we’re often tempted to take things into our own hands.
When you engage something, you move closer and explore it, preparing yourself to deal with whatever you uncover.
The words of a gracious friend are self-controlled, wise, and hopeful, and those who hear her speak are the better for it.
When facing doubts and fears, the last thing you want to do is isolate yourself and struggle alone.
Four New Testament passages provide a cross section of the New Testament’s teaching on how to love God through our work.
How does the Bible restore our lives daily? I find no better explanation of what I have learned than the words of Psalm 19.
Only the Spirit can give life. But recognizing the Spirit’s role should thrill our hearts with hope.
A lot of people think that the reason they are to study the Bible is so that they can know the Bible well. But when we study the Bible, we always should be coming to an increasing knowledge of God not just the Bible.
Can we really be strong through our weaknesses?
We can (and should) command repentance from sin, but it is grace that enables repentance and belief that accompanies it.
Kathryn Butler, MD shares from her experiences working as a trauma surgeon in an ICU and offers biblical wisdom for walking alongside loved ones at the end of life.
If we are not just machines, but spiritual beings as well, even the cleverest computer could never replicate the priceless and wondrous imago dei borne by every human.
Often without warning or intention, the drive to know ourselves becomes all-consuming. It’s impossible to not be affected by the age of self in which we currently live.
We need to have a clear understanding of our priorities in retirement and have a plan to implement them that can be flexible enough to adapt to changes in our abilities and life situations over the coming years.
What if not just one man but a whole generation of men takes a bold stand against the new slave trade of our time—pornography?
Conflict can be an opportunity to be salt and light, particularly in academic settings.
Knowing that you are a beloved child does not leave you complacent and self-satisfied.
Knowing who God is and what he’s like as revealed in Scripture is very important as we approach God in prayer.
The Trinity is a doctrine that is to be not only believed but also experienced by the believer.
Those who live out radically ordinary hospitality see their homes not as theirs at all but as God’s gift to use for the furtherance of his kingdom.
Our hope is the glorification without which we cannot see the Christ who saved us. But believing in the Christian hope is one thing. Living as though that hope is real is another.
Joy is fostered in us as we come together as God’s people, with God at the center.
If we try to influence the world by using its methods, we are doing the Lord’s work in the flesh.
Christians who have been through divorces also have a wonderful encouragement to realize that Jesus understands our sufferings and is willing to walk beside us in them.
If Christ came to die so that when you do sin, there is a propitiation, a removal of God’s wrath, then what does this imply for living your life? Three things.
We need to know that we are not in charge and we need to know how to submit to God as the one who is in charge.
If you were the victim of sexual assault, you were sinned against. Despite all the pain, healing can happen and there is hope.
With the work of the home being increasingly outsourced and professionalized, it can feel unglamorous. But the home isn't about compensation or perfection—it's about people.
When we grasp the important contrast between the earthly and heavenly kingdoms, our hearts will direct our politics differently.
Though we are in post-Christian times, when the culture is becoming increasingly secularized, Christianity is far from “over.”
Remember death so you can remember Jesus.
How should you disciple younger women? Keep the gospel in mind.
As we think of the endurance of the saints, of enduring to the end and finishing well, there is no better example in Scripture than that of the apostle Paul.
God’s response to our rebellion was to give us himself. He is the great redeeming, transforming gift. He is the rescue.
Today marks the 113th anniversary of the death of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. His legacy of faithfulness lives on.
Prayer reminds us of who we are and who God is.
God designed you with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for you not just to hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
The law of God changes when we move from thinking about it in terms of our justification to our sanctification.
What does it look like to embrace the call on all Christians in a time where we're limited in unprecedented ways?
For Jesus’s name carries Jesus’s claim, and undergoing baptism is, for those who have reached years of discretion, a sign that the claim is being accepted.
He not only knew about God with his reason but also met God with his emotions. He experienced Joy. And God changed him.
Do evangelical churches undervalue communion? What's the significance of the fact that Jesus gave us the physical elements of bread and wine?
You preach the same gospel that you would preach to someone who is not in the homosexual lifestyle.
Is the world so intent on dismantling what it means to be a human being that society is doomed to collapse, or at least committed to shunting Christians and Christianity to its far margins?
Depending on the particular struggle we face, the Lord knows how to renew us sexually in exactly the ways we most need.
Dane Ortlund shares what the Bible says about swearing.
Doing theology is a process that involves both study and personal spirituality. And these are not two separate activities.
God seems extremely concerned that we learn to submit ourselves to authority, especially to the one whose lordship demands obedience from the heart.
There are ways to care for the hurting that look helpful on the surface, but in the end may only add to the pain.
Our limits and weaknesses are not in the way of what God can do through us, but our denial of limits and our delusions of independent strength are.
Lament is a rich but untapped reservoir of God’s grace, and there is a danger in neglecting lament in the church.
We want to read the Scripture, inhale it, and then exhale it out to God in whatever way makes sense for our own life.
Part 2 of 10 Benefits of Reading the Bible.
It’s the Spirit who brings life to our spirits and enables us to know, love, and worship God the Father through Jesus Christ.
Reading the Bible devotionally is about engaging with the text at the heart level.
God wants Christians to share his holiness and to present themselves as slaves of righteousness, which will result in holiness.
It’s safe to say that on a typical day for most of us, our responsibilities, requirements, and ambitions add up to more than we can handle, whether we admit this or not.
We should take our irritability much more seriously, because it is the very opposite of love.
In this episode, Alasdair Groves discusses what the Bible teaches about our emotions and how Christians should think about and deal with the full range of them.
Like the letter “J,” Jesus’s life descends through his incarnation and then death, and then upward into his resurrection and exaltation.
Every Christian knows we’re meant to share the gospel and look for opportunities to witness to Christ, yet almost all of us find it a genuine struggle, if not a gloomy discouragement.
A spiritual mentoring relationship is one where a younger believer is tethered to a more mature believer for a season so that he or she might grow stronger in faith and be equipped for ministry.
The value of our work doesn't depend on what compensation we receive or don't receive, but on the love we offer in service to our neighbor.
Rebecca McLaughlin discusses what it looks like for parents to prepare their teens for a life in a post-Christian world, reflectong on kids' propensity to ask hard questions and why that's a good thing,
We live in a time of high moral obligation. The question is who gets to determine what those obligations are?
With a Christian perspective, we can see the economy as a social web that God has created for people to serve each other with their work.
The very nature of Christian faith is uncomfortable—especially in today's world.
When we interact one with another, all too often we let our response be guided or dictated by past infractions. But this is precisely what God will never do.
Isaiah is quite lengthy, but there is great joy to be gained from diligently engaging with it.
Perhaps the most perplexing response we encounter in evangelism is not so much anger but apathy. This reaction may frustrate the evangelist, but it should provoke our compassion.
The journey to sexual renewal is a complex but worthwhile battle.
Often our schedule and God's seem out of sync. He often acts earlier than we had expected, or later than we had hoped.
We’re all comfort junkies and we crave it from the minute we get up until the minute we go to bed.
What do we say to our sons and daughters who ask, “Daddy and Mommy, what does it mean to be a man or a woman?” Tell them they are made in the image of God and for union with Christ.
Survival mode for the weary Christian is not hibernation from Christ but perseverance in Christ.
Being in fellowship with a church is integral to participating as a part of the body of Christ.
Doing the Lord’s work in our own way is betrayal. It is a stab in the Lord’s back.
It may be true that you are too busy for friends. But that doesn’t mean you should be. We always make time for what we treasure.
Our focus is on God through prayer; our glance is at the Bible; and we turn Godward and pray about every matter that occurs to us as we read.
It's time to confront our fears about sharing the gospel.
Why do we have to marry flawed people? Wouldn’t it have been much easier if God had worked it out so that we would be fully sanctified, then married?
It’s more difficult to think too much of yourself when you remember what is currently riveting the attention of the mightiest angels.
When women grow increasingly lax in their pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected.
Jesus isn’t like you. Even the most intense of human love is but the faintest echo of heaven’s cascading abundance.
Have you given up on the church? Shift your gaze from your hurt and disappointment and behold the church through the eyes of Christ.
At the heart of the Bible is the gospel, the good news that Christ has come and has lived and died and has risen from the dead, and now lives to intercede for us.
How can we establish healthy Bible-reading habits so that we are connected to God, have a God-centered worldview, grow in confident faith, and enjoy spiritual peace and confidence?
The advice to listen to your heart is not only common, but it has also been exalted to a sacrosanct place of moral authority in our culture.
The unfailing love of Jesus is unspeakably glorious, sacred, and precious—especially right after sexual sin.
Saying that the Bible undermines the idea of human equality is a bit like saying that England undermines the English language.
Author Tony Reinke explains how we use digital distractions to escape people, situations, and thoughts that make us uncomfortable.
Because Christians are called to encourage one another, we must make sure that we are crystal clear on who we are called to encourage, how we are called to provide help, and why we are called to do so.
If you talk about a doctrine that needs to be recovered, you have to start with the doctrine of Scripture.
We need to teach much more clearly and with far greater boldness the biblical message that we will have to give an account to God, and that the choices we make today have eternal consequences.
What are hymns, and how are they still relevant in a Christian's life today? What are the benefits of learning hymns and congregational singing?
Whenever we start doubting our faith, it’s usually because we’ve come to believe something else in its place.
How we respond to suffering shapes our experiences with suffering.
Because they are a part of the body of Christ, teens should be included in the active community of the church.
For many of us, the "spiritual disciplines" are little more than a list of things we aren't doing but feel like we should be doing.
If we know the presence of God as it is expressed across the pages of Christian scripture, it can and will transform the way we understand and live our Christian lives.
Many of us have a rather lightweight perception of what it means to be blessed. Revelation is going to correct some of our assumptions about what the blessed life looks like.
Taking responsibility for the care of a person suffering from any stage of dementia can be one of the greatest challenges of life. But there are not only challenges. There are also opportunities.
Our zeal for theology must never exceed our zeal for our actual brothers and sisters in Christ. We must be marked by love.
We are like the Israelites: When God gave them his Sabbaths of rest in a land of rest, he had more work to do to make them believe it than he had to overcome their enemies and obtain it for them.
Readers of C. S. Lewis may be quite surprised to discover that the man behind the pen was a bit different than how he may be perceived through his writing.
The glorious good news of Jesus is that you and I can change. Part of the problem is we often try to change in the wrong way.
If poverty will always exist, does that mean any efforts to alleviate poverty—in our own communities and around the world—are in vain?
Lewis made me more alive to beauty. He put my soul on notice that there are daily wonders that will waken worship if I open my eyes.
What messages are Christian women hearing and imbibing from culture, and what does the Bible have to say?
Opportunities abound for sharing our faith. Things are happening all around us that cause people to ask religious questions.
The Lord's Prayer orients us, most importantly, to the vertical dimension of our prayers. That's why we start by saying, “Our Father.”
The stories we tell reveal our understanding of the world, with our hopes and fears, and the songs we sing are reflective of the deep longings of our hearts.
When we fail to value creation, we fail to honor the God who made and sustains it.
God’s design has always been for his people to experience the fullness of life in his presence—physically and spiritually.
Imagine reading The Lord of the Rings out of order. You pick it up, flip over to Rivendell for a moment, then hop over to Mordor before slamming back into the Shire.
As you spend time reading and journaling through the Bible, consider these five prompts to guide your study and reflection.
What do we do when we just don't feel like gathering with God's people in corporate worship, and how has the pandemic affected us in this area?
The notion that we sometimes have to choose the lesser sin is a dangerous and deeply harmful idea for the Christian life.
Leland Ryken encourages us to look at the Christian elements present in Shakespeare's plays.
The centrality of the Word coming from the front, from the preacher, the one specially gifted by God and called to that ministry, is the most important thing you can look for in a church.
God is an ever-present help in trouble. Read from Scripture these truths about God's nearness to those who call upon his name.
To the degree that sin remains within us, we all seek to find in the Bible what we want it to say rather than what it actually does say.
The Bible presents the greatest story ever told: the ultimate good-versus-evil storyline—the great cosmic battle between God and Satan.
We know God for who he is, and meet him as he is, when we meet him through his word—the Bible.
What should Christians do when they disagree over doctrine?
To become humble and self-forgetful is to become truly human so that we might truly know God. God wants to give us himself.
There are plenty of issues over which Christians will be tempted to divide. We must even be willing to make sacrificial adjustments for the sake of our unity with others in the body of Christ.
If you’re like most women, fear about your changing physical appearance is just the beginning of aging anxiety. Many of us struggle with aging because we know it is often a season of loss.
What makes deep relationships so uncommon and challenging today?
In your suffering, doubt is a battle worth fighting. Remember, you never fight this battle alone but with the strength that is yours because of the presence and power of Christ.
God created us as thinking and feeling creatures, and therefore both are part of being made in his image, therefore both thoughts and feelings are vital components of true faith.
A red herring is something that distracts, whether intentionally or not, from the real purpose and goal.
We were made for closeness to others and to God through Christ, and yet it doesn’t always feel as though we can grasp God’s nearness to us.
Busyness is like sin: kill it, or it will be killing you. When busyness goes after joy, it goes after everyone’s joy.
We should be prepared to avoid particular pitfalls in dialogue with our Muslim neighbors. We need to be focused and avoid distractions. Our goal is to reflect and proclaim Christ, not to defeat competitors.
Being faithful to the ABC’s of Christian living can have such a profound evangelistic impact upon your children.
It is quite clear that your view of God will inescapably shape your perspective on your circumstances. In this way your theology is like a lens through which you examine life.
This is still a powerful reminder and a necessary prayer because even though we may see grocery stores around every corner, we still are dependent upon God to give us what we need.
In the midst of pain and suffering, we must preach truth to ourselves rather than listening to the lies in our own heads.
We come to Jesus as people in need, and we continue in Jesus as people in need.
In order to stem the tide of weariness and burn-out, pastors should learn how to lament.
Stott’s obsession with the snowy owl was more than a charming eccentricity. It reflected some important themes in his theology.
Following Christ means loving those who don’t follow Jesus, and that love includes sharing the gospel.
Every pastor faces that tension of cultivating a rich inner-life, focusing on the spiritual aspect of calling, without neglecting the mundane responsibilities of ministry.
In praying for the global church, start by remembering that there is just one church of Jesus Christ.
Justification should not be abstracted from the person of Christ.
There's much that we can do to have influence over our health, but in reality, we have no control at all.
When we consider the view of personhood presented in Scripture, the question of whether we are mere brain machines or something more becomes a gospel question.
God places us in particular professions and callings so as to be his witnesses, spread like salt and light in the world.
Contentment is something that we, as Christians, must regularly work to cultivate. By not working on our contentment, we are working on our discontentment.
What does it look like to lead an effective Bible study? How can a leader keep the conversation on track and guide people to discover the treasures of God's Word?
Rather than rushing to refute every theological misstep, we must exercise patience and grace toward those who disagree with us.
Praying regularly is hard work. So how do we develop the discipline of a healthy prayer life?
For the Christian to grow in a healthy way, we must clarify what growth is and is not.
It’s natural to feel frustrated that you’re still staring down the same habits of sin in your life.
“Act like men” is a phrase that could be easily misunderstood in light of modern sensibilities. For many, at first blush, it could read as a sexist statement by Paul. So, what does it mean?
Why do we need systematic theology? How we answer the question depends a lot on what we think theology is.
Hospitality, biblically speaking, means love of the stranger. What hospitality is not is fellowship.
There are many marks of true discipleship, but one mark is singled out as signifying to the watching world that we belong to Christ.
The challenge greater than understanding the book may be opening ourselves up to the adjustments in our lives this book calls for. Yet this greater challenge is also what promises the greatest blessing.
All of us can see the good in our friends. Scripture, however, authorizes us to see the good and enjoy it in all people, even when most of us are not always so good.
The Spirit makes godly conversations possible, and he expects you to give yourself to them because the people around you—your children—need them.
All believers should seek to learn how to read and understand the biblical prophets on their own. They are a different kind of literature from Romans, as much so as comics differ from the front page of a newspaper.
Double listening . . . is the faculty of listening to two voices at the same time, the voice of God through Scripture and the voices of men and women around us.
Not even the love of a mother for her children can compare to the love of God.
Recent statistics have shown that 77% of Americans have symptoms—physical symptoms—associated with stress. Then there are emotional symptoms . . .
Effective public prayer must be well-prepared prayer. This is the engine that will move all the other principles.
What does the Bible teach about how to make decisions and discern God's will in the life of believers?
God is interested in character far more than possessions. His intention is that our work becomes an integral part of the process of character development.
It's very easy to shelve God and decide we don't really need him, that we just need to believe in ourselves and to invent who we are and what we want to do.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, flourishing is a slow and progressive death that brings abundant life.
Counselor David Powlison shares his testimony of how God softened his heart and brought him to repentance and faith.
God gathers us to glorify him. Praise is the natural response of redeemed creatures.
We each have a blink. We can waste it in sinful busyness or laziness or discontentment or distraction. Or the gospel of Jesus Christ can change how we spend our time.
Simply knowing the end of the story gives us hope in our present circumstances.
Monday is the preacher’s dog day. Ask any of us. In the cold light of day we see just how far short we fell from what we wanted and hoped for.
You’re a new creation. So sanctification is a reality, affected by how obedient and willing we really are.
Just like themes such as law, sacrifice, and covenant, the theme of blessing must be understood within the full biblical story, if it is to be understood biblically at all.
Jesus doesn’t give us an impossibly high standard of prayer. It's lofty, and none of us will do it perfectly, but he's giving us something that we can do.
The practice of remembering the Sabbath requires Israel (and us) to remember what God has ordained for his children from the earliest moments of human existence: a pattern of work followed by rest.
Deeds of mercy can show the power of the gospel to change us. When we help our neighbor, we give evidence that our message is true.
Freedom from the past, power for the present, and hope for the future.
Fathers are called upon to choose not only between our children and our work, but between our convenience and the inconvenience of keeping a promise.
Ian Smith discusses what the New Heavens and New Earth will be like when Jesus returns.
Sometimes we think of Bible reading as a duty, rather than a grand invitation to encounter the living God by opening the pages of Scripture, reading it, seeing him, and understanding more of who he is and how we should follow him.
Journaling can be a great way to actively engage with Scripture. Learn five ways to use our new journaling edition to enrich your time in God's Word.
Spiritual mothering may involve mentoring and coaching, but it is broader.
God’s grace sustains us, even in the darkest hours, so that we never give up. Psalm 88 offers four lessons of hope.
Since our life is to be like Christ’s, our life must include suffering of some kind so that God’s spiritual strength can be exhibited in our physical weakness.
Holiness isn’t a mysterious spiritual state that only an elite few can reach. It’s more than an emotion, or a resolution, or an event.
Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees.
We cannot stop the incessant screaming and scrambling that is the internet. But we can try to reduce our own involvement in the problems and do whatever we can to contribute to a healthier culture.
When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them.
Why do I need the daily intervention of the body of Christ? The answer is as simple as it is humbling.
We sometimes characterize the digital age as a “post-literate” age, where images and video have taken over the place that written words used to occupy.
It's important to realize that anxiety and depression are different while being careful to realize that they do sometimes overlap.
There is no righteousness that makes us right with God except for the righteousness of Christ.
Why should we endeavor to obey Christ comprehensively? Why should we serve him in every area of life?
We live with a God who has many, many, many ways of meeting us, and it's good to become aware of them all.
Is leisure something we really need? As Christians, we perhaps struggle with the concept, but it is vitally important.
Every human being has the same opening story. Life begins with tears. It’s simply a part of what it means to be human—to cry is human. But lament is different.
If you want to know what you truly value, consider where you tend to invest your time, energy, gifts, and money.
Your vocation, be it ever so humble, is a divine calling, and thus must be done for the glory of God. This alone will take the church out into the world.
Why would anyone ever fast? What is to be gained from giving things up?
Like all working people, Christians must deal with deadlines, difficult people, and office politics. How should a Christian approach life at work?
Here are some steps you can take to stay consistent in the Word.
According to Jesus, the people who are ashamed of him are those who refuse to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him. They’ve considered Jesus unworthy of their devotion and obedience.
As you have conversations with those who are suffering, remember how the Lord’s healing words have strengthened and sustained you in your own times of trouble.
What we need is a work ethic that is informed by God’s word and religiously lived out in the workplace and the church.
We can rest because our choices don’t actually have the final say in any sphere—God has the final say.
As I reflect on who J. I. Packer is and what he has meant to me personally, several things come quickly to mind.
Questions of right and wrong aren't always straightforward for people today.
There’s only one way for teens to find purpose, meaning, and joy. Only one message that has the power to change the life of a teenager.
Consider these passages for encouragement as a mother or to reflect on the sacrificial love of a mother in your life.
We're asking for God to do gospel things in our lives, among our families, and in our churches. And that's what makes Christian prayer distinctively Christian.
The more you know about lament, the more things really come alive to you in reading Jeremiah's lament. His lament is so relevant to the suffering that we’re going through right now.
A couple of weeks ago, we asked readers to submit their questions for Dane Ortlund. Many of you sent in questions from around the world.
The Holy Spirit guarantees that he is at work. He will continue to be at work until it is completed on the day of Christ Jesus.
In this episode, Jen Wilkin discusses what's wrong with the way we often talk about the Law, along with some of the common dangers of legalism.
Our God laid himself down for us. He gave his life for us. So whenever we take life for our own purposes, it is deadly, both to bodies and to souls.
You have many reasons not to go to church. That’s why we see this moment in history as an opportunity to rediscover church.
One joy of aging is a stillness of soul that helps us see the small moments as sacred moments when we can reflect God’s glory to someone else.
Marriage is an ordinance given to human beings in creation. It is therefore not negotiable, but is entrusted to us both as a “given” and as a gracious gift.
God's sovereignty applies to our everyday lives because it assures us that he working in every circumstance.
At Christmas, God thunders into our lives in his flesh and beckons us to behold in him the glory of God, full of grace and truth.
There is a gift of evangelism, and we should be grateful for those to have it, but all believers are called to be faithful in sharing their faith.
The maker of the universe is not far off—he is nearby. Realizing this is a huge first step in trading anxiety for patience.
Prayer can get repetitious, feel rote, rambly, or distracted. For these reasons, many are reticent to pray in public. How can we overcome our fears and misguided thinking?
How does the biblical practice of lament offer Christians from different backgrounds a common language for productive, God-honoring conversations about race?
The Bible has a lot to teach us when it comes to thinking about our pasts. Whatever your situation may be, it is no surprise to God. Our challenge is to not allow the past to control our walk with God in the present.
For the Christian, his or her body has been made a sacred location of God’s redemptive presence in the world.
Helping others understand the Bible and apply it to their lives is a great privilege and a great responsibility.
Is darkened sexuality even the prime battleground today? Where is today’s choice point? The current struggle is the place where the Vinedresser is pruning.
As New Testament passages abundantly emphasize, God is faithful to sustain and establish us in our relationship with Jesus.
When the heart is overwhelmed, it’s one thing to survive adversity; it is something entirely different to continue preaching Sunday after Sunday, month after month.
The Bible teaches that hospitality is not an option, but a requirement, for Christians. In opening our doors, we have the opportunity to shine the light of Christ in dark places.
Billy Graham died today, after a faithful and Spirit-led life and ministry. We celebrate his legacy, and his weakness through which God to move so powerfully.
God's Word has cut me untold numbers of times since. But each pain, responded to, has brought a fresh, satisfying healing.
While we may not understand what God is doing, we can always trust who he is. We must never interpret God’s character by our circumstances.
What does Jesus want this Christmas? We can see the answer in his prayers.
God has equipped us to follow Christ faithfully no matter what season of life we’re living.
Sinclair Ferguson discusses the relevance of church history and divisive theological positions as we dig into a largely forgotten 18th-century Scottish debate about God’s grace and our works.
Lent calls us to remember once again that sin reduces us all to idolaters somehow, someway.
Lament is the biblical language for people who feel like God is distant.
Giving out of scarcity declares in an especially profound way that God is better than money.
How do we help our family members, friends, coworkers, or even fellow church members who are swept up in the prosperity gospel? Here are a few simple ideas.
We interact with family in a host of mundane activities that seem disconnected from eternity—but they are most certainly not.
Technology is not itself bad, nor is it innocuous. Though we’re not all aware of how we are being changed by our digital habits, we are being changed nonetheless.
Paul David Tripp takes a close look at 12 core doctrines and how they engage and transform the human heart and mind.
The Bible promises that in Jesus, we have peace. But when our circumstances and our emotions threaten us with despair, it doesn’t always feel like that is the case.
It is impossible to have a faithful walk with Christ and Christian life—biblically or practically—without committed participation in a local church.
When fear paralyzes you, turn to the Lord through his word and in prayer and be comforted by the light that overcomes darkness.
Though we don't want to cater only to the unbelievers in our congregations, we need to be aware of certain things we can do to help them encounter Jesus in a way they can understand.
The church is the answer to real, deep poverty because it is the gospel that reconciles us to God and takes away our shame.
Maybe the breakthrough could come with some simple change in perspective. What if Scripture memory really was about today?
When we see death as an unshakeable reality, it has the ability shed perspective on life in the meantime.
There’s no way you’re ever going to learn endurance without having to keep on going through something hard that doesn’t go away.
Everything else in creation reflects something of God’s glory in a general sense, but humanity alone is described as being created in God’s image.
Sister, don’t try to follow Christ alone. There is no substitute for your commitment and service to your local church.
Being a disciple of Jesus means orienting our lives toward others, just as Jesus did.
Food played an important role in the life of Jesus and continues to be an ingredient in our enjoyment of God's goodness.
As “true” Christian women, we consecrate ourselves to fulfill his calling and purposes for our lives.
Paul David Tripp takes a close look at twelve core doctrines and how they engage and transform the human heart and mind.
The Song of Songs gives us permission to have a very intimate, affectionate relationship with Jesus.
The only firm foundation we have in an unpredictable world is the rock of Jesus Christ.
The Song of Songs does give us some guides for navigating marital conflict.
You must counsel. It’s not optional. You can’t say no as if it were simply a career choice, a matter of personal preference, or an absence of gifting.
When you’re talking about discipline for the purpose of godliness, it’s with an eye on the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who enables godliness.
Feeding your faithfulness is an unremarkable practice in real-time. It’s unglamorous by the world’s standards, yet it is precious as it contributes to a life of holding fast to Christ.
The local church is the authority on earth that Jesus has instituted to officially affirm and give shape to my Christian life and yours.
Kids really learn theology when it moves from being information in their heads to truth in their lives.
The Bible is littered with cautionary tales of those who seemed spiritually vibrant but in the end showed themselves to be disqualified. The key to it all is the body. It needs to be disciplined.
Perhaps more clearly than any other book of the Bible, Romans contains a deliberate, step-by-step expression of what Paul understood to be the good news.
What is a creed and why is it important for the Church? Learn the basics from the answers to seven questions from To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
When Jesus walked the earth, he wasn’t afraid to touch hurting people. He drew people in close. He met them empty and left them full and turned everything upside down.
God made us to magnify his greatness—the way telescopes magnify stars.
Sexual ethics, and a high standard of sexual integrity, are so vital. It is vital because it isn't just a petty taboo.
There is a difference between complaining about God and complaining to God. He wants us to trust him with our anxieties and burdens.
Many of us believe that Christian discipleship is synonymous with self-improvement. But true Christian discipleship is a call to die, not to improve.
There are three important factors that will help pastors combat burnout: hardness, honesty, and humility.
Anxiety is an understandable part of life. God reassures us that we need not worry and can bring our fears to him in prayer.
The impression often seems to be that the Son of God came down from heaven in incarnate form, spent three decades or so as a human, and then returned to heaven to revert back to his preincarnate state.
If the contentment goes and the giving of thanks goes, we are not loving God as we should, and proper desire has become coveting against God.
What it means to be men and women is a really complex issue and one that's very controversial today, so we need to be really careful not to go beyond what God has said.
We study the Reformation because of what we can learn. We learn of the treasure of the gospel.
Isaiah 53 has to be the best news for sinners, and that's all of us.
One day of structured content from the 31-day liturgical guide Be Thou My Vision to help you in your daily worship.
Spurgeon's ministry was marked by his constant looking to Christ for his salvation.
How do we bear faithful witness to the love of God in Christ to our Muslim friends?
I spent many years of my life wanting to be married. Sometimes I didn't know if I’d ever get married.
May the God of peace be with believers—now and always—as we seek to usher in his kingdom here and now.
Is it possible you look at personal holiness like I look at camping? It’s fine for other people.
What qualities does something possess in order to merit the title classic?
When you take your vacation time, how do you reflect your priorities and honor the Lord?
The same grace that saves sinners from the penalty of their sin also instructs them in holiness.
In the beginning, we walked with God in friendship. Then we walked away. But now, God is befriending us again.
People threw off the shackles of the church and the state and they began to look inward. They began to look to themselves for what is true and what is real.
Revival is a work of the Spirit, it is extraordinary, and it comes to a group of people.
One of Spurgeon's great strengths is that he would always seek preach Christ to people where they were at and to their needs.
True worship is not possible unless God himself enables it, because human beings are unable to truly worship him without his enabling.
Culture often idolizes romance and intimacy. In this episode of The Crossway Podcast, Sam Allberry offers insight on the value and unique gifts of singleness.
The cross of Christ was more than a victory for Christ alone. It was a triumph in which we, too, can participate.
Dane Ortlund talks shares five things Jonathan Edwards teaches us about the Christian life.
Jesus is the serpent slayer. So how should a Christian live in light of that thrilling storyline?
The goal in studying the Bible is to find out what the Bible meant, what it means, and how it applies to us.
The root of legalism is almost as old as Eden, which explains why it is a primary, if not the ultimate, pastoral problem.
God is transforming the city into a place that he intends to live in forever with his people
It can be helpful to manage your expectations of what normal life can and should be, and recognize that the season you’re in is intensely difficult in a particular way and that it won’t always be that way.
Paul underlines repeatedly the crucial and powerful relationship between faith and the good works of love.
How should you think about, and engage in the “spiritual disciplines” when God’s good, but often inconvenient, sovereignty has you reeling?
Take the necessary steps to communicate about and treat your burnout. These 4 steps will help you begin to heal.
In this video, author and Bible study leader Jen Wilkin offers some advice for staying motivated in our reading of God's Word and explains the limitations of topical Bible studies.
Disciple-making is helping others to see Christ for what he is
When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them.
Jesus’s unusual supernatural conception, issuing in the virgin birth, served as a fulfillment of Scripture.
Rather than seeing our cultural challenges today only as obstacles for our kids, I’m increasingly convinced they’re opportunities to do three important things.
My Master wants room! Room for him! Room for him! I, his herald, cry aloud, Room for the Savior! Room!
What is the Bible getting at when it commands us to fear the Lord? Is it ever sinful to fear?
God sent the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi to speak powerful words of challenge and comfort to his world-weary people, words which are just as relevant and powerful for Christians today.
Lewis insists on something that is radically out of step with the modern world.
We need to rely on the gospel like this throughout our lives. Remember, Christ is both the means and the goal of counseling.
The work to which you’ve devoted your life can plunge you into your darkest hours, luring you into doubts about God’s love, perhaps even about his existence. Where is God in all this?
How do you pray biblically? Paul Miller outlines four ways to help you pray biblical prayers.
There are two main points in which Christian faith should differentiate how we approach end-of-life care.
Temptation cannot be defined in terms of the capacity of the one tempted to succumb. Temptation is enticement to sin from whatever source.
A Christian is someone who, by virtue of his reconciliation with God, has been reconciled to God’s people.
If our salvation depended upon our feelings, we should be lost one day and saved another, for they are as fickle as the weather.
We're sinners and are not striving for perfection, but aiming to please God.
A faithful response to sin involves drawing near to God in faith through confession, repentance, and trusting the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Hospitality towards others then becomes a natural outworking or extension of what we are already practicing within our own homes.
Paul hated legalism but he enjoined discipline upon all of his followers for the purpose of godliness.
Major news outlets in the world tend to concentrate on the economic poverty and social deprivation that characterizes much of Africa, but then many believers miss what God is doing in his church across the continent.
Know that God’s mercy abounds every morning, and his grace covers you. The Lord loves you, he is working toward your spiritual growth, and he is not done sanctifying you.
The further into college you step, the more you realize that what you thought was the destination is really only an incredible depot for decisions.
Marriage was created to evidence Christ’s love for his bride, the church. Our earthly relationships, though marred by our sin, can point us toward this true and ultimate reality.
Hudson Taylor was committed to proclaim the gospel to people who were passing into eternity without hope and without God.
Wisdom is knowing where you're going and sticking to that. Foolishness is straying off the path, being susceptible to people on the periphery calling for your attention.
God did and does have something to do with your tragedy. I know this sounds like a cruel statement, but stay with me. There is hope in the end.
There are not two separate classes of Christians: Christian soldiers and Christian civilians. There are only prepared and unprepared Christian soldiers.
For Christians, the start of a new year arrives with reminders afresh of the glorious promises that God has made to his people through the Bible.
When human beings are delivered through pregnancy and birth pain, there is more going on than biological processes and physiological mechanics.
David Powlison (1949–2019) reminds us that God does not offer advice and perspective from afar; he steps into our suffering.
When tragedy strikes, almost everyone who believes in God, along with almost everyone who claims they don’t, asks the same question: Why does God allow suffering?
What does the Bible really teaches us about the devil and how can we avoid overestimating or underestimating his impact on the world?
It is a healthy sign to wish that the term “race” did not exist. It has not served well to enhance human relations.
When the eternal Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us, he crossed an infinite chasm.
Christianity isn’t a religious system that collapses if you think about it too hard. The truth can stand up to the toughest questions.
Where did I learn that delight in God is our highest duty? Before I encountered Jonathan Edwards and C. S. Lewis and Daniel Fuller, there was my father, Bill Piper.
Praying in Jesus’s name is an acknowledgement of our total dependence on his provision. We push away from any personal claim on God’s blessing and lean entirely on Christ’s provision.
We want to raise our children to see themselves as contributors to society, and whether they work inside the home or work outside the home, we want them to see that work is not about pay, it's about contribution.
It has long been assumed that the rise of modernity will be accompanied by the decline of religion, but the scholarly consensus today rejects the secularization hypothesis.
All the biblical stories of the Lord moving toward people are stories of grace. Grace is God’s moving toward us in Christ.
Marshall Segal discusses singleness and dating as a Christian, sharing some of his own story including his struggle with contentment as a single person.
God works through our weakness to bring glory to his name and make it absolutely clear that it's him who's at work.
Philosophy matters for Christians because many of the debates are about the "big questions" of human existence.
Many unmarried people have strengthened their hands with the truth that no one has left anything for the sake of the kingdom, says the Lord Jesus, who will not receive back far more.
Though our faculties were corrupted by sin, all are being restored, and Christ makes peace between our minds, wills, and emotions.
Of all the blessings in my life, one is without a doubt the most wonderful blessing of all. Of all the things I most needed, but could never provide for myself, this was my deepest need.
Do we have the ability to keep ourselves from entertainment unto death?
In the midst of storms in your life, have you forgotten who Jesus is?
Does the doctrine of justification make a difference in the way that we live the Christian life?
In many respects, and certainly in spiritual matters, we are all weak and inadequate, and we need to face it.
Sin is deceptive, both in its capacity to tempt us to follow its lead and in the way it confuses and clouds our thinking.
Men are to be worshipers, disciples, witnesses, husbands and fathers, leaders, providers, and protectors.
The object of our love can always be detected in our behavior.
What can we learn from some of the less well-loved characters of Scripture? Why is Jesus's scandalous family tree good news for sinners like us?
The highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display.
It is a good thing for you to see your sin. You need to feel the conviction of the Spirit on the one hand, but God doesn't want you to stay in that mindset.
Perhaps you felt a twinge of discomfort when Jesus told the rich young man to give everything he had to the poor and follow him. But he’s not done.
There is a kind of thankfulness that is grateful not only for what isn’t but for what is. The Bible doesn’t exhort us merely to be thankful in everything, but for everything.
Knowing the whole message of the Bible should be transformative.
In God’s sweet providence, I began studying Psalm 90 about a year before my eightieth birthday, asking the Lord to teach me how to glorify him in old age.
Life is a war for glory. Even those of us who have rested in Jesus to bring an end to our battle for glory still fight skirmishes in which we feel our reputations are at risk.
What are the general principles to bear in mind as you begin to work with your teen through anxiety and depression?
This side of the sin at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, our work is ruined by all manner of afflictions moral, physical, emotional, and mental.
As we’re coming to the end of life, it’s very important to make practical decisions about how and where we want to depart.
The dirty dishes are not my biggest problem in life, even though it seems like they are. The biggest problem in my life and yours is sin.
To see the goodness of God most clearly—to focus on Christ during Christmas—your children will need to see you enthralled by him and captured by him.
After being presented with a collection of essays in his honor, Wayne Grudem reflects on the verses that have impacted his life and ministry.
The fact that you have a cesspool of sin down in your heart doesn’t mean you should camp down there because that’s precisely what God is trying to lead you out of.
God gave his own Son as the final sacrifice so that your brokenness could be the only prerequisite to receiving God’s abundant mercy.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. Read and be encouraged by Scripture on how not to covet after wealth and be glad in God.
Culture is like a big magnet, it’s pulling on us and around us.
Ed Welch discusses the human need for relationship, reflecting on the epidemic of loneliness in our world today, and offering advice for the person who feels God is distant.
Love is messy. You know what else? The gospel is messy. It means loving sinners—people like you and me.
There have been three items that have formed the backbone of the church’s catechesis: the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.
The most outrageous acts of penance in the world are powerless to do what needs to be done—radically transform your heart. So you and I are left with only one final option.
The gospel challenges some of our culture’s deepest beliefs and can prompt a lot of questions, yet we are called to make a defense for our hope.