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10 Key Bible Verses on Anger

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Contentment

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Courage

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Discipleship

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Endurance

The Christian life requires strength, fortitude, and endurance. The path marked out for believers is never promised to be easy or smooth.

10 Key Bible Verses on Faith

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Fear

We are encouraged not to fear, but trust in the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our strength and understanding, but on his.

10 Key Bible Verses on Freedom

As Christians, we’ve been released from the power of sin and death by Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross.

10 Key Bible Verses on Giving

God loves joy-motivated giving to others because it expresses contentment in God’s gracious giving to the believer.

10 Key Bible Verses on Hardship

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Hope

As believers, we put our ultimate hope not in this world, but in what is unseen. We trust and wait expectantly for God to usher forth the promised King and kingdom.

10 Key Bible Verses on Humility

Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.

10 Key Bible Verses on Joy

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Love

The biblical picture of love can differ wildly from how the world defines it. Be set aright and encouraged by these verses and commentary.

10 Key Bible Verses on Money

Scripture tells us that we cannot serve two masters and that the love of money is the root of all evil. What is the proper way to use our money for the glory of God and the good of others?

10 Key Bible Verses on Patience

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.

10 Key Bible Verses on Peace

May the God of peace be with believers—now and always—as we seek to usher in his kingdom here and now.

10 Key Bible Verses on Salvation

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!

10 Key Bible Verses on Serving

Christ set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice when he condescended to us and submitted to death on our behalf.

10 Questions about Spiritual Gifts

Sam Storms

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.

11 Notable Quotes from Everyday Faithfulness

What does Christian faithfulness look like when life feels unpredictable, hard, or just plain ordinary? Be encouraged by these quotes from Everday Faithfulness by Glenna Marshall.

12 Notable Quotes from Enough about Me

Self-care may produce happiness and temporary relief from stress or hardship, but real joy comes when we stop serving ourselves and find meaning and purpose in something outside of ourselves.

3 Christmas Gifts for You

John Piper

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.

4 Truths about Pentecost

Robert Letham

Our faith and all that flows from it in the Christian life is due to the Spirit, who renews us in the image of God and transforms us into Christ.

4 Ways to Prepare for Ministry

Brad Wheeler

Perhaps you’re looking for boxes to check, some way to easily measure your progress toward the pastorate. Now you’re left feeling a bit frustrated. So what now?

4 Ways to Redeem Your Time

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.

50 Ways to Be Thankful

Sam Crabtree

Why do we need suggestions on how to express gratitude? Shouldn’t a truly grateful heart just naturally overflow in expressing that gratefulness?

5 Common Evangelism Excuses

Mark Dever

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.

5 Facts about Apologetics

Adapted from Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word by Voddie Baucham.

5 Marks of Contentment

Erik Raymond

With our course marked out for learning contentment, let’s think about how we might evaluate where we are in our own personal progress.

5 Myths about Anger

Christopher Ash

We live in an angry world, and most of it is obviously destructive. But anger is not intrinsically evil, essentially evil, or necessarily evil.

5 Myths about Body Image

Sam Allberry

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.

5 Myths about Calvinism

Greg Forster

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.

5 Myths about C. S. Lewis

Harry Lee Poe

In spite of C. S. Lewis’s fame, several myths have attached themselves to him which might give an unbalanced view of the man who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia.

5 Myths about Deacons

Matt Smethurst

Deacons are not the church’s spiritual council of directors, nor the executive board to whom the pastor-CEO answers. They are a cavalry of servants.

5 Myths about Discipleship

Jonathan K. Dodson

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?

5 Myths about Hell

Mark Jones

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.

5 Myths about John Calvin

Michael A. G. Haykin

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.

5 Myths about Seminary

Jeff Robinson Sr.

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.

5 Myths about Sin

Sam Storms

Sin is deceptive, both in its capacity to tempt us to follow its lead and in the way it confuses and clouds our thinking.

5 Myths about Singleness

John Piper

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.

5 Questions about Mental Illness

David Murray

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.

5 Reasons We Don’t Disciple

Ajith Fernando

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.

5 Ways to Flourish in Journaling

David Mathis

It can be helpful to hear that there’s essentially no wrong way to go about journaling, and no real rules for it, but that it’s something you can really make your own.

6 Keys to a Rewarding Digital Detox

Tony Reinke

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.

6 Lessons from Pride and Prejudice

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.

7 Notable Quotes from Surviving Religion 101

The college years can challenge your faith and belief in the Bible, so it’s important to equip yourself to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence.

7 Questions about Conversion

Michael Lawrence

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.

7 Tips for Being a Good Friend

Drew Hunter

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.

9 Notable Quotes from Lead

Ministry leadership, at its core, is about a community of leaders practicing together the presence of the Lord.

9 Notable Quotes from Providence

The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.

9 Notable Quotes from Weep with Me

In the Bible, lament is a prayer that leads to trust, which can be a starting point for the church to “weep with those who weep."

A Bible-Infused Mind

Carey Hughes

Scriptural meditation can be woven into our busy schedules—while waiting for a ride, at lunch, mowing the lawn, jogging, and even lying awake at night.

A Call for Theological Humility

Gavin Ortlund

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.

A Free Resource for Lent

In Behold the King of Glory, Russ Ramsey presents readers with a carefully researched retelling of the gospel story.

A New Identity

Jeff Vanderstelt helps us rethink the way we perceive ourselves, reminding us that our identity as believers is first and foremost in Jesus Christ and what he has done on our behalf.

A Prayer for Racial Reconciliation

Mark Vroegop

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.

Artist Spotlight: Peter Voth

Learn more about German designer and illustrator, Peter Voth, and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.

Ask for Grace and Go to Church

David Gundersen

The reasons you don’t feel like going to church might be good, bad, or ugly. But, as a fellow sheep loved by the same Shepherd, I’m asking you to trust God, ask for grace, and go.

A Word for the Discouraged Christian

Tim Savage

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.

Beset with Weakness

Dane C. Ortlund

Rather than dispensing grace to us from on high, Jesus gets down with us, he puts his arm around us, he deals with us in the way that is just what we need.

Christian Economics 101

Greg Forster

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.

Compromise on Marriage, Lose the Gospel

Who Created Marriage? We must not compromise on same-sex marriage. If we had invented marriage, we could reinvent it—there would be no problem with that. We could make it whatever we wanted it to be. …

Create a Plan to Date Your Wife

Justin Buzzard

There is no one right way to do this. Every marriage is different. Every wife is different. You need to create an annual plan that’s unique to the dream God has given you for your marriage and your wife.

Creeds and Confessions 101

Creeds and confessions are useful only to the extent that they reproduce faithfully the teaching of Scripture itself.

Cultivating Habits of Grace: Day 1

Day 1: It's All About Grace In this first video, David Mathis shares three important discoveries he made in his Christian life that undergird this study and are helpful to mention right at the very …

Cultivating Habits of Grace: Day 2

Day 2: Hear God's Voice In this video, David Mathis explains the first means of grace: hearing God's voice. He then explores a few practical habits that we can cultivate aimed at helping us stay …

Cultivating Habits of Grace: Day 3

Day 3: Have God's Ear In this video, David Mathis looks at the second means of grace: having God's ear in prayer. He then explains 3 different types of prayer and a helpful approach to …

Cultivating Habits of Grace: Day 4

Day 4: Belong to God's Body In this video, David Mathis explains the third means of grace: belonging to God's body, the church. He looks at the word fellowship, explaining what it really means in …

Cultivating Habits of Grace: Day 5

Day 5: Recap In this final video, David Mathis recaps our journey thus far, offering a few parting tips aimed at helping you cultivate sustainable, life-giving habits of grace that connect you to God's grace …

Dangerous Bible Study and Puffy Christianity

Jen Wilkin

If all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable, surely there is no such thing as “useless” Bible knowledge. So, why so many warnings that studying the Bible could actually be perilous to our spiritual health?

Disciplines of a Godly Young Man Resources

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 …

Discipline Your Body—for Christ

Sam Allberry

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.

Done before Do

Bryan Chapell

When you see the message of grace unfolding in the Bible a pattern emerges. God is gracious to us, and then expects us to respond.

Doubting Your Doubts

Philip Graham Ryken

Doubt can be a stimulus to faith, or an ongoing annoyance in the Christian life, or a fatal blow to someone’s loose commitment to Jesus. It all depends on what we do with our doubts.

Do You Feel Alone?

Paul David Tripp

We forget who we are, and when we do, we begin to give way to doubt, fear, and timidity. Identity amnesia makes you feel poor when in fact you are rich.

Draw Near

Dane C. Ortlund

It is in “our weaknesses” that Jesus sympathizes with us. His is a love that cannot be held back when he sees his people in pain.

Eschatology 101

John MacArthur

The Bible presents the greatest story ever told: the ultimate good-versus-evil storyline—the great cosmic battle between God and Satan.

Esther: A 10-Day Reading Plan

Over the course of 10 days, dig deeper into the book of Esther and learn how God is faithful to keep his promises and deliver his people.

Fasting = Homesickness for God

John Piper

Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.

Fictitious Mother of the Year

Gloria Furman

Of course, there is not a real “Mother of the Year” award, but we talk about it as we would a lighthearted joke. The reality, though, is that every mother fails to image God perfectly in her mothering.

Finding Rest in a Restless World

It’s easy to settle for a subhuman life. Despite all our efforts, achievements, and success, many of us discover each night that our hearts don’t rest.

Following Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

In this video, pastor Jeff Vanderstelt calls us to look beyond the special "church" events that so often dominate our calendars and start focusing on reaching the lost in and through our everyday lives.

For the Joy Set Before Him

Dane C. Ortlund

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.

Give Thanks!

Thankfulness doesn’t come naturally, yet it is an important part of life.

Give Them Jesus

Jeff Vanderstelt

It is God’s intent that every person who comes into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ eventually will grow up into maturity. And maturity looks like Jesus.

Giving Thanks Is Better Together

Megan Hill

Thanksgiving is not simply a thank-you card, sealed in an envelope and intended only for the eyes of the divine addressee. Thanksgiving is an open, public declaration.

God Is Infinite and Personal

Francis A. Schaeffer

On the side of God’s infinity, there is a complete chasm between God on one side and man, the animal, the flower, and the machine on the other. On the side of God’s infinity, He stands alone.

God Is Sovereign and We Are Responsible

J. V. Fesko

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.

God Taught Us to Pray

On May 3rd, across the country, countless will gather to come before the Lord for the National Day of Prayer.

Gospel-Centered Help for Fathers

Leading your family well can become a daunting task, particularly if you misunderstand the role of fatherhood as God intended it.

Grace Reigns

Dane C. Ortlund

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.

Herman Bavinck: The Man and the Mind

John Bolt

Bavinck wrote theology with the church in mind; he prized evangelical piety; he did not disparage modern learning; he took a genuine interest in the world’s non-Christian religious traditions as important data for Christian theology.

Hope Means Resting

Paul David Tripp

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.

How Grace Lets You Have It All

Paul David Tripp

The more you understand the magnitude of God’s grace, the more accurate will be your view of the depth of your unrighteousness; and the more you understand the depth of your unrighteousness, the more you will appreciate the magnitude of God’s gift of grace.

How I Learned to Lament

Mark Vroegop

No one sets out to learn lament. But once you find it, you're so thankful because there's grace that God can give you when the dark clouds of hardship and pain roll into your life.

How Jesus Changes Sinners

Nancy Guthrie

My friend, as you are united to Christ and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is applied to your life, you will experience the change that you long for.

How the Psalms Teach Us to Sing

Kristyn Getty

God’s people have always been a singing people. There must be a robust expression of our testimony to his grace, something not just seen in our lives but heard from our voices.

How to Be Sustained by Crumbs

Abigail Dodds

The Lord has a storehouse of blessing and honor for his people—the question is, are we humble enough to enter as unworthy characters in his story, humble enough to beg for crumbs?

How to Pray

The Lord's Prayer—a simple prayer which Jesus taught his disciples—can also show us how to talk with God in prayer.

How to Pray about Aging

Susan Hunt

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.

How to Pray about Your Sin

Bryan Chapell

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.

How to Pray for the African Church

Conrad Mbewe

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.

How to Pray in Times of Trouble

Philip Graham Ryken

When we cannot articulate our prayer requests to God, the Holy Spirit understands our groanings and translates them into intelligible prayers that God the Father can understand and will answer.

How to Pray This Thanksgiving

Use this prayer as a guide as you lead your family at the table or as spend time in personal prayer this Thanksgiving.

How to Read a Classic

Leland Ryken

If a classic is a work that possesses the qualities that I ascribed to it, and if there are good reasons why some of our reading should be reading the classics, then how should we go about our reading of them?