When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, he reminded them, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This statement establishes the centrality of the cross in preaching, over against the showiness and vanity that’s so often displayed in “lofty speech or wisdom” (v. 1). Most Christians assume that the cross is a matter “of first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). And so, while we are not surprised when nonbelievers reject the cross and we’ve grown accustomed to Christians marginalizing other essentials of doctrine, many are unprepared to face the fact that within…

Truth For Life recommends the following assortment of books, series, and articles for pastors, church leaders, and others who teach the Bible. This carefully selected collection covers topics such as Christ-centered preaching, successfully leading a congregation, the dynamics of effective preaching, the importance of personal devotion to God, theological challenges, and family life.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,Count your many blessings, name them one by one,And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Refrain:Count your blessings, name them one by one;Count your blessings, see what God hath done;Count your blessings, name them one by one;Count your many blessings, see what God hath done. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,And you will be singing as the days go by. When you look at…

William Still was a minister in Aberdeen, Scotland, who was known for his commitment to expository preaching. It’s been said that on one occasion, a visitor to Still’s church greeted him at the conclusion of the service and said to him, “But Mr. Still, you don’t preach.” Still asked what he meant, and the man answered, “Well, you just take a passage from the Bible and explain what it means.” Still replied, “Brother, that is preaching.” Still and others like him simply follow the pattern for expository preaching that is established by Ezra and his colleagues in Nehemiah 8: godly…

“The providence of God is worked out in life in ways that cause us to wonder at His purposes.” — Alistair Begg What is my screen resolution? Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod Touch iPads iPhone 11 Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5, Windows Phones Tablets: Amazon Fire Microsoft Surface Social Media: Facebook Header (Top Banner) Facebook and Blog Posts Twitter Instagram Computer Monitors: 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1280 x 1024 1366 x 768 1440 x 900 1600 x 900 1920 x 1080 *List…

Dear Friend, It never once occurred to me when I was a boy that I would one day be called to pastoral ministry. My ordination in October of 1976 established me on a course from which, by God’s grace, I have never thought to change. The two years spent in the company and under the tutelage of pastor Derek J. Prime laid the foundation for all that has transpired. To this day, the example he provided continues to challenge and inspire me. For thirty-eight years, the Parkside family has displayed a long-suffering affection for me, and the privilege and responsibility…

Does church membership matter? Since God is available to us anywhere and anytime, do we really need to belong to a local church? Can’t we just worship in the privacy of our homes? Author and pastor Sinclair Ferguson addresses these questions and more in his new book, Devoted to God’s Church: Core Values for Christian Fellowship. Although private time alone with God is vital, Sinclair explains that being a Christian isn’t something we’re meant to do in isolation. Believing in Christ includes the privileges and responsibilities of belonging to God’s family. Belonging to a church, in other words, isn’t an…

He thought it was a one-night stand, a little midnight tryst. Who would find out? She was exceptionally beautiful. She was particularly vulnerable. And in the end—after he used her for a few moments of pleasure—she was, unfortunately, pregnant. While these words aptly describe all too many incidents ancient and modern, the one we have in mind here is David’s taking advantage of Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. David sinned grievously. He failed miserably. And as he learned, and as we must learn as well, sin of any kind cannot simply be sealed away in the past. It does not…

For Christian parents, introducing their children to God’s Word should be even more foundational than helping them learn their ABCs. Truth For Life recommends the following books for children of all ages to enjoy as they learn more about God and the Bible. The selections include Bible narratives, family devotionals, and tales about heroes of the faith.

The Christian life is not a series of a few special performances; it is steady persistence for a lifetime. Many of us can produce a burst of enthusiasm now and then. That’s not particularly difficult. The real challenge is to stay the course over the long haul—not a flash in the pan but steady, stable, and persevering in the essentials of maturing faith. The second half of Hebrews 12 presents us with a to-do list of sorts for the Christian life. It’s not a quick-fix, three-easy-steps-to-success kind of list, but it does offer us six important ways to walk in…

“The whole church is to take the whole Gospel to the whole world.” — Alistair Begg What is my screen resolution? Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod Touch iPads iPhone 11 Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5, Windows Phones Tablets: Amazon Fire Microsoft Surface Social Media: Facebook Header (Top Banner) Facebook and Blog Posts Twitter Instagram Computer Monitors: 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1280 x 1024 1366 x 768 1440 x 900 1600 x 900 1920 x 1080 *List based on the top devices used…

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,Let me hide myself in Thee;Let the water and the blood,From Thy riven side which flowed,Be of sin the double cure;Cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r. Not the labors of my handsCan fulfill Thy law’s demands;Could my zeal no respite know,Could my tears forever flow,All for sin could not atone;Thou must save, and Thou alone. Nothing in my hand I bring,Simply to Thy cross I cling;Naked, come to Thee for dress;Helpless look to Thee for grace;Foul, I to the fountain fly;Wash me, Savior, or I die. While I draw this fleeting breath,When my eyes…

The second coming of Jesus Christ is absolutely foundational to the Gospel, which concerns not only the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of God the Son but also His return. This event and the doctrines that surround it are integral to “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Though Christ’s return is both a main thing and a plain thing in Scripture, enough views on the second coming have circulated over the years to cause confusion and, indeed, to induce conflict among those who share convictions about Scripture’s inerrancy and the event’s imminency….

Written to scattered believers facing a variety of troubles, the Epistle of James addresses a universally relevant question: How are God’s people to live in God’s world? This side of heaven, trials and tribulations crowd into our lives, confronting us with failure and tears, doubts and disappointments, sorrow and groanings. In response, James offers us practical help, with an eye toward not becoming Christians so much as behaving as those who have been redeemed “by the word of truth.” Volume 1 (James 1:1-27) – Listen (Free) | Download (Free – 170 mb) | Purchase CD ($17.20) | Purchase DVD ($17.20) |…

Proverbs is not a “churchy” book—at least not in the way many of us conceive of church. Its wisdom isn’t prim and proper and fit for afternoon tea. Rather, Proverbs calls us to the street, to everyday life, to matters that affect us all in some way. Derek Kidner has said that Proverbs puts “godliness into working clothes.”1 It is godly wisdom for everyday living. In Proverbs, Solomon devotes much attention to a matter that can sound a little racy to church-trained ears: sexual relationships. The book deals openly and honestly with human sexuality, both from the positive side, concerning…

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35 ESV) What is my screen resolution? Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod Touch iPads iPhone 11 Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5, Windows Phones Tablets: Amazon Fire Microsoft Surface Social Media: Facebook Header (Top Banner) Facebook and Blog Posts Twitter Instagram Computer Monitors: 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1280 x 1024 1366 x 768 1440 x 900 1600 x 900 1920 x 1080 *List based on the top devices used…

Today, we are living through what is arguably the most rapid change in family structure in human history. Standards and principles that were once commonplace now seem on the verge of extinction. As David Brooks puts it, “The sexual revolution has come and gone, and it’s left us with no governing norms of family life, no guiding values, no articulated ideals.”1 In such a cultural climate, it is absolutely vital for us to know what we believe about the role of the family, where we belong in relation to the family, and how, as outposts of God’s kingdom, our families…

The Bible can be difficult to understand, even for adults. So how can we make it clear for young children? Bible Stories Every Child Should Know is a delightful book that will help you teach God’s Word to preschoolers and early school-age kids. It’s a colorfully illustrated 365-page hardcover storybook that retells more than one-hundred-twenty stories from the Bible, beginning with God’s creation in Genesis and ending with John’s vision of heaven in Revelation. The stories stay true to Scripture, but they’re told in simple language that young children will easily understand. The stories are all between two and four…

A true friend is a real treasure. To have someone in whom you can confide, someone who knows the best and worst about you without making you feel like a fool, is to have found something precious. We could all use someone like Jonathan, who strengthened David “in God” (1 Sam. 23:16). We all need someone like Timothy, who was intensely committed to the good of others (Phil. 2:20). Despite the instantaneous communication we can have with each other today, so many of us feel empty and alone. We may have more interaction with people, but unlike David and Jonathan…

“Let the mind for a moment consider the history of the Redeemer’s love, and a thousand evidences of His kindness will come to mind.” — C.H. Spurgeon What is my screen resolution? Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod Touch iPads iPhone 11 Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5, Windows Phones Tablets: Amazon Fire Microsoft Surface Social Media: Facebook Header (Top Banner) Facebook and Blog Posts Twitter Instagram Computer Monitors: 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1280 x 1024 1366 x 768 1440 x 900 1600 x…

The decisions, lifestyles, and pressures that confront us as we head off to college are challenging, particularly for the Christian. So whether you’re getting used to campus life or know someone who is in that setting, we think the assortment of resources below will be a help. In addition to these insightful books, Truth For Life recommends the sermon series Lessons For Life, which is a collection of messages Alistair preached to college students at campuses across the country.