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Your Most Basic Need

We must train ourselves to slow down and recognize the greatest need we have is met in Christ’s coming.

You’re Not Just a Sinner

Joe Rigney

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.

You Become Like What You “Like”

Tony Reinke

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.”

Words of Truth for a New Year

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.

Wise Women Know How to Think, Feel, and Want (Part 2)

Lydia Brownback

Just consider the roller-coaster ride of emotions we can experience in the course of a single week (or, for some of us, a single day): anger, love, frustration, joy, sorrow, annoyance, irritation, fear, anxiety, peace, satisfaction, exultation, discouragement, happiness, fulfillment, dissatisfaction, anticipation.

Why Work?

Tom Nelson

From the very beginning of Scripture we see that the one true God is not a couch potato God, nor did he create a couch potato world.

Why We Need the Puritans

J. I. Packer

Spiritual warfare made the Puritans what they were. They accepted conflict as their calling, seeing themselves as their Lord’s soldier-pilgrims.

Why Tracts Matter

Tracts are meant to be informal or conversational—easily comprehended and relational in style.

Why the Book of Psalms Is for You

Dane C. Ortlund

The Psalms were written for ordinary Christians leading ordinary lives—lives marked by depression, discouragement, despair, frustration, or maybe even numbness toward God or anger toward others.

Why God Saved You

Paul R. House

God saves people for a purpose. Salvation in Christ begins a life spent growing into being like him and serving him faithfully.

Why Giving 10% Isn’t Enough

Greg Forster

Human beings—as image-bearers of the God who made the world—are responsible to take care of the world and to use their time, talent, and treasure in everything they do for the Lord.

Why Do We Do Missions?

Mark Collins

Many passages in Scripture speak to the missionary task, but at the foundation we need to remember that we do missions because Jesus commissioned his people to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Why Do Traditions Matter?

Noël Piper

Although we cannot bequeath God to our children, we can help them know him and understand him in ways that prepare them to believe in his name.

Why Am I So Unhappy?

Why are so many people so unhappy in so many different circumstances?

Whom Is Jesus Ashamed Of?

Erik Raymond

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.

When Grace Dances

Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

As we savor the good news of the sin-bearing servant of the Lord, we learn to enthuse. The gospel of a surprising salvation can only make us laugh, sing, and cheer.

What Your Complaining Says about God

One of the things that’s important for us to do for our own sanctification is to ask the question, “Why am I grumbling and complaining about this?”

What to Say to a Grieving Person

Nancy Guthrie

Sometimes it can be hard to know what to say to someone who is grieving. Yet there are helpful words we can give to people who are suffering—words that will actually help and encourage in the midst of grief.

What’s Your Motto?

Bob Cutillo, MD

For every generation, how we live and what goals we pursue depends a great deal on why we think we are here and where we think we are going.

What Makes Salvation So Great

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

What is more wonderful than to be able to put your head on the pillow knowing that if you die during the night it doesn’t matter, that you will go to heaven and wake up there as a child of God?

What Love Requires of Us

We are convinced in our heart of hearts that love is a feeling, but God’s word says nothing of the sort.

What Is True Worship?

Bob Kauflin

It’s the Spirit who brings life to our spirits and enables us to know, love, and worship God the Father through Jesus Christ.

What Is True Wellness?

John Dunlop, MD

In order to have this unified focus on God and his glory in our lives we must carefully review each area of our lives to see what changes are needed.

What Does "Raised for Our Justification" Mean?

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 Philippians 4:13 Mean?

Jason C. Meyer

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.

What Does 1 Corinthians 16:13 Mean?

Jay S. Thomas

“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?

What Does 1 Corinthians 10:13 Mean?

Jay S. Thomas

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 Did Jesus Teach about Prayer?

Mark Jones

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.

What Did Jesus Teach about Evangelism?

Jerram Barrs

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.

What Are Your Blind Spots?

Our blind spots lead to divisions and disagreements, preventing God’s people from testifying to his grace with one voice.

We Were Made for Intimacy

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.

We Cannot Domesticate Jesus

John Piper

Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Look at him. Don’t close your eyes and hope for a word of confirmation. Keep your eyes open and fill them with the full portrait of Jesus provided in the Bible.

We Are Both Job and Job’s Friends

Eric Ortlund

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?

Walk in Love

Gloria Furman

Casting off the old self and walking in love is only possible through God's work in us as new creation.

Video: Disability and the Gospel

"Why do we in the evangelical church in the West demand that everyone be “normal” and look the same? Why do we as a culture try so hard (and succeed so well!) at hiding people …

Turn and Live

Zack Eswine

Zack Eswine explains how Ezekiel 18 provides a summary of the gospel in the Old Testament.

Truth That Transforms the Teen Years

The teenage years have been hijacked—by pleasure, pressure, entertainment, and distraction. But there is one truth that has the power to totally change the life of a teenager: the gospel.

Trevin Wax's Challenge to the Church, to Us

Do our hopes and dreams look the same as the world's? Do we claim Jesus is Lord, and then relentlessly pursue a bigger paycheck, a bigger house, a better job, or more leisure?

Treasured Words on the Altar of the Urgent

If we're honest with ourselves, often, in the craziness of life, instead of treasuring and applying more Scripture to a heart that needs it we shy away from time in the Word.

Tracts for a New Season

If we’re after true and lasting change, we must pray that the Lord work out our sanctification by his Spirit

To Be Human, To Read the Bible, To Live

James M. Hamilton Jr.

James M. Hamilton Jr. discusses the challenges of being human, bearing the image, striving to know God, to find truth, and to help others find their joy, satisfaction, purpose, meaning, and life in knowing God through his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Spirit.

The What and Why of Mentoring

Melissa B. Kruger

Mentoring is a discipleship relationship that focuses on equipping younger believers for the work of ministry so that they grow in maturity and unity in the faith with the ultimate goal of glorifying God.

The Value of Being Blunt

John Piper

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.

The Unresolved “Why” of 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?

The Three Stages of Temptation

Russell Moore

Temptation is typically gradual. There's more going on behind the scenes before one gives in to full-blown sin. Russell Moore explains the three stages of temptation.

The Search for Love

Mike Cosper

Maybe in every story is a thread that the human heart that can’t give up the belief that one day, true love will come along.

The Promises of God: A 7-Day Devotional

We are to treat a promise of God as reality, as someone treats a check. We are to take the promise and endorse it with our own name by personally receiving it as true.

The Power of Double Listening

Tim Chester

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.

The Love We Crave

Amy DiMarcangelo

Our craving for love is good, for we were made to be known intimately and loved faithfully. However, when misplaced, this craving becomes deeply destructive.

The Lost Art of Catechesis

Catechesis is meant to be a robust witness to biblical faith and practice, a tool which in the hands of skilled practitioners to be used to instruct, form, and make mature disciples.

The Key to True Grit

R. Kent Hughes

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.

The Good News of Easter

Christ's resurrection is more than just a historical event—it is good news about eternal life!

The Glory Meant for Us

Abigail Dodds

You and I and all those who belong to him and are his children are indeed called to his glory, and we shall become partakers of his divine nature.

The Fuzzification of Faith

J. I. Packer

When the church ceases to treat the Bible as a final standard of spiritual truth and wisdom, it is going to wobble between maintaining its tradition in a changing world and adapting to that world.

The Food of Christian Survival

Abigail Dodds

When you understand Bible reading as the means, the food, the fuel, the sustenance of your Christian life, then you will consume it with joy, like a hungry person eats bread.

The Duality of Your Calling

David Mathis

Why has there arisen this impulse in our day toward pastor-scholars and scholar-pastors? Why are so many in the younger generation reluctant to let the pastoral and scholarly roads diverge?

The Discipline of the Tongue Resources

68 Select Proverbs Regarding the Use of the Tongue 1. Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 2. Proverbs 10:18 The one …

The Discipline of the Mind Resources

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The Demise of the Deified Self

Jen Oshman

Truly, we are lost in a darkness of our own making, and we got here by dethroning God and enthroning ourselves. We’ve deified ourselves. And it’s led to our demise.

The Day My Worst Nightmare Came True

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.

The Danger of Self-Care

Lydia Brownback

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 Contagion of Grace

Rosaria Butterfield

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.

The Common Calling of All Women

Abigail Dodds

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?

The Church Is Not a Metaphor

Edward W. Klink III

As much as a church does facilitate and organize relationships and practices, the church is more than a means to an end, a utilitarian resource for an individual Christian’s needs.

The Best Reason to Read the Bible

Jen Wilkin

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.

The Apostle Paul: A 5-Day Devotional

Over the next five days, learn more about the apostle and be encouraged to imitate his example of unwavering confidence in God's grace and love toward others.

The 5th Commandment Is for Adults Too

Jen Wilkin

The fifth commandment is found in the middle of a list of commands clearly addressed to adults, targeting issues that are, developmentally speaking, primarily the concerns of adulthood.

Suffering: A 7-Day Reading Plan

This 7-day Bible reading plan was created to help you draw encouragement from God's Word in the midst of suffering—leading to hope in the gospel through the power of the Spirit.

Spotting the Lies

If we’re going to defeat the sin of discontentment, we need to be able to spot its lies.

Saved to the Uttermost

Dane C. Ortlund

The doctrine of the atonement reassures us with what Christ has done in the past, the doctrine of his intercession reassures us with what he is doing in the present.

Rich in Mercy

Dane C. Ortlund

If God sent his own Son to walk through the valley of condemnation, rejection, and hell, you can trust him as you walk through your own valleys on your way to heaven.

Resources Related to Abortion and the Sanctity of Life

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.

Renouncing Narcissism

JR Vassar

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.

Remembering Your Baptism

Pastor Jeff Vanderstelt encourages us to remember our baptism—the sign of the new identity that Christians have in Jesus Christ.

Recommit to Bible Reading in 2017

Adopting habits and regimens may appear to provide some stability in out-of-control situations, but without Christ, our feet falter on shifting sand.

Putting Health in Its Place

Bob Cutillo, MD

G.K. Chesterton said that "life is as bright as diamond and as brittle as a window pane." Our lives and health are beautiful but fragile, and we need to cherish them.

Preview: R.C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen Nichols

Today, we are pleased to share a special hour-long audio preview of R. C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen J. Nichols, including the book's prologue and first chapter, on The Crossway Podcast.

Present for His Purposes

J. Ryan Lister

As humanity proved incapable of fulfilling God’s purposes from the very beginning, God, in his grace, became present to do what man was unable to do.

Prepared to Give a Reason for Your Faith

The main task of an apologist, which on some level is every Christian, has been to defend the core doctrines of the faith both within and outside of the church.

Preface to the Theologians on the Christian Life Series

Series Preface Some might call us spoiled. We live in an era of significant and substantial resources for Christians on living the Christian life. We have ready access to books, DVD series, online material, seminars—all …

Practical Atheism Comes Naturally to Us

Stephen Charnock

Practical atheism is natural to man in his depraved state and very frequent in the hearts and lives of men. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” He regards him as little as if he had no being.

Podcast: Help! I Hate My Job (Jim Hamilton)

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.

Peace: A 7-Day Reading Plan

This 7-day Bible reading plan was designed to help you find the peace that God offers to us in his Word.

Paul Tripp’s Story of Unexpected Suffering

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.

Pain Is a Megaphone

Gloria Furman

When human beings are delivered through pregnancy and birth pain, there is more going on than biological processes and physiological mechanics.

Our Advocate

Dane C. Ortlund

Do not minimize your sin or excuse it away. Raise no defense. Simply take it to the one who is already at the right hand of the Father, advocating for you on the basis of his own wounds.

No More Passive Fathering

Tony Evans

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.

No More Hiding behind the Past

Tony Evans

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.

No More Going through the Motions

Tony Evans

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.

Never Give Up

Bryan Chapell

This poignant account of a man’s ruin and restoration dramatically reveals a gospel story of God’s mercy toward those who have stood against him.

Never Cast Out

Dane C. Ortlund

The atoning work of the Son, decreed by the Father and applied by the Spirit, ensures that we are safe eternally.

Nancy Guthrie's Story of Hope in the Midst of Grief

When Nancy Guthrie's daughter, Hope, was born, she quickly learned that something was wrong. Doctors informed her and her husband, David, that all of the little things that weren't quite right with Hope were evidence …

Nancy Guthrie's Story of Hope in the Midst of Grief

When Nancy Guthrie's daughter, Hope, was born, she quickly learned that something was wrong. Doctors informed her and her husband, David, that all of the little things that weren't quite right with Hope were evidence …

Nancy Guthrie's Story of Hope in the Midst of Grief

When Nancy Guthrie's daughter, Hope, was born, she quickly learned that something was wrong. Doctors informed her and her husband, David, that all of the little things that weren't quite right with Hope were evidence …

Nancy Guthrie's Story of Hope in the Midst of Grief

When Nancy Guthrie's daughter, Hope, was born, she quickly learned that something was wrong. Doctors informed her and her husband, David, that all of the little things that weren't quite right with Hope were evidence …

Misunderstood Christian Classics

The way to get attention and be mainstream in the secular establishment is to debunk what has been accepted as true for centuries.

Mission or Community?

Pastor Jeff Vanderstelt explains why it's important to realize that God has called the church to be in community and on mission.

Make Psalm 51 Yours

Dane C. Ortlund

God gave his own Son as the final sacrifice so that your brokenness could be the only prerequisite to receiving God’s abundant mercy.

Luke: A 10-Day Devotional Reading Plan

See how the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as the promised King of kings, showcasing how Jesus’s earthly ministry is good news to the downtrodden, the hurting, and the outsider.

Loneliness: A 5-Day Devotional

Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees. No one is exempt.

Living a Life of Presumption

David Gibson

As we move through life, the world just constantly dupes us into believing a false story. Our heads and our Bibles might tell us, “God willing,” but we are immersed in the oxygen of the world, which says, “Me willing.”

Life Is a Glory War

Paul David Tripp

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?

Let's Pray

Megan Hill

Let's pray. How many times have you been privileged to say or hear those words?

Let's Make Every Sunday Resurrection Sunday

As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this Easter, let's resolve to make every Sunday a resurrection Sunday, living in all the good that the resurrection accomplishes for us each day.

Let’s Be Thankful

Remember that God is good even outside of the gifts he often graciously bestows to his children.

Learning to Lament: A 5-Day Devotional

Explore how the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations give voice to our pain and invite us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of God's grace and mercy.

Learning Money Management from Jesus

Jerram Barrs

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.

Learning Evangelism from G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis

Dan DeWitt

Though we will likely never establish the sort of platform of Chesterton or Lewis, through their examples we may find the kind of confidence that compels us to cross our yard and begin a friendship with that neighbor who has made it clear that they don’t believe in God

J. I. Packer: In His Own Words - Transcript

Transcripted by desiringGod.org Part 1: Early Life Leland Ryken: Who is J. I. Packer? Put simply, in the last half of the twentieth century and early part of our own century, J. I. Packer has …

J. I. Packer: In His Own Words

We ask you to join us in thanking God for J. I. Packer—a man who has consistently evidenced a passion for God's glory and a love for God's church.

J. I. Packer: In His Own Words

We ask you to join us in thanking God for J. I. Packer—a man who has consistently evidenced a passion for God's glory and a love for God's church.

Jesus’s Solution to Stress

David Murray

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.

Jesus Is Lovely

John Owen

“He is altogether lovely. This is our beloved, and this is our friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

Is Hell Real?

Dane C. Ortlund

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.

Is All Rest Sabbath Rest?

Jen Wilkin

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.

I Pledge Allegiance

Drew Hunter

As the election season nears its end, we are left wondering how to process it all, and what the Bible has to say in times like these.

Innovation Exists by God’s Design

Tony Reinke

Innovators—both virtuous ones and nefarious ones—are created by God. Scripture protects us from the myth that God is trying his best to stifle and subdue the unwieldiness of human technology.

Infographic: How Is Your Prayer Life?

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.

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?