History, philosophy, and theology all testify that fear and anxiety have always been a significant part of the human experience. Nevertheless, the word anxiety has a contemporary ring to it. We live in an age of anxiety; it is a part of the fabric of modern life. And it is part of the experience of many believers. Anxiety is a chronic and pervasive feeling. While fear describes a response to specific and immediate threats, anxiety is a response to something more distant and nebulous. Kierkegaard referred to it as a sense of dread. When we are anxious, we often don’t…

Have you ever considered what pleases God? In Ephesians 5:10, Paul charges his readers with this very task: “Try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” Jesus Christ is not merely someone to believe in; He is Lord and Master over His people. He has saved us by grace through faith, and He has called us to serve, love, trust, and obey Him (Eph. 2:8–10; James 2:14–26). In other words, we shouldn’t think of faith as a basic package of salvation with optional add-ons for devotion. Part of God’s purpose in salvation is that we will live in a…

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8 ESV Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices:iPadsiPhones Other Devices:Android PhonesAmazon FireMicrosoft Surface Social MediaFacebook BannerFacebook PostTwitter PostInstagram Post Desktop ComputerLargeSmall

As Christian families consider what it means to live for the Lord as families, one important question they should ask themselves is this: “What are we known for?” Within your neighborhood, you may be known for your dog, your mailbox, or the volume of the stereo as you drive home in the evening. Many houses are recognizable by the smell when you walk in the door—and similarly, households have a particular aroma. In Christian households, we hope to find an all-pervading fragrance of love. One of the great evidences of the fact that Jesus Christ is alive from the dead…

Do you know someone who has begun to second-guess the claims of Christ? Maybe you lived most of your life as a Christian, never questioning the truths of the Bible, until your world was turned upside down, and you’re now faced with doubts about what you believe. 7 Reasons to [Re]Consider Christianity will help you tackle common questions about the world’s brokenness and remind you why the Bible is not only true but also good news. Writing for those who are skeptical or curious, author Ben Shaw faced doubts himself about what he believed after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis….

On November 3, 2020, Tim and Aileen Challies received the shocking news that their twenty-year-old son Nick had died. Tim, an author and blogger, began to process his loss through writing, which eventually led to the book Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God. During this launch event, Tim reads a brief excerpt from the book and then has a discussion with Alistair Begg and Bob Lepine about God’s purpose in and through our sorrows, reminding us that lasting comfort is something that only He can provide. Watch or listen to the message “‘Seasons of…

“God’s law has been written on all of our consciences, but only in Christ is it written on our hearts.” — Alistair Begg Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices:iPadsiPhones Other Devices:Android PhonesAmazon FireMicrosoft Surface Social MediaFacebook BannerFacebook PostTwitter PostInstagram Post Desktop ComputerLargeSmall

“He said to him, ‘Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.’ And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:20–22) Imagine a patient at the doctor’s office going into a long explanation about his symptoms and the reason for his visit. The physician sits there, waiting patiently for the end of the prolonged description until…

Without the ascension, Christ’s nativity, passion, and resurrection would have been pointless. The ascension is the defining moment that marked the end of Jesus’ personal ministry on earth and the beginning of the Great Commission. Alistair Begg walks us through the Gospel plan, the Holy Spirit’s enabling power, and the personnel God uses to accomplish His purposes. As every believer joins in His mission, Jesus continues to reign from heaven, seeking the lost through weak, fearful servants like us. Listen to the message “Mark 13: An Introduction” Read the full transcript

“Unless the Gospel is Preached” — Alistair Begg Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices:iPadsiPhones Other Devices:Android PhonesAmazon FireMicrosoft Surface Social MediaFacebook BannerFacebook PostTwitter PostInstagram Post Desktop ComputerLargeSmall

Dear Friend, I recently noticed in a Scottish newspaper a letter from a Free Church minister in which he maintained that an increase in ferry breakdowns is a sign of “God’s displeasure” for sailing between the mainland and the islands on Sundays. The Free Church is calling on the ferry operators to “cease their breaking of the Lord’s Day for the sake of their business and the community as a whole” because it is the desecration of the Sabbath! It got me thinking about the fourth commandment. You may be interested to learn that I regularly hear from Seventh-day Adventists…

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor … to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1, 3) What can transform despair, mourning, sackcloth, and weeping into light, gladness, honor, and joy? Who brings about changes like this—in a city, in a life,…

You might be familiar with the classic story The Pilgrim’s Progress, a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It tells the fictional tale of Christian, who navigates many challenges on his way to Celestial City. But did you know that Bunyan wrote a sequel to his story, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Part II? In it, the main character, Christiana, embarks on her own journey and learns, as Christian did, about the perseverance that the Christian life requires. In a recent adaptation for children, Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey Part II follows the same storyline as Bunyan’s sequel but uses simplified language that’s…

“At the very best we only have an inkling of the wonder of who God is.” — Alistair Begg Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices:iPadsiPhones Other Devices:Android PhonesAmazon FireMicrosoft Surface Social MediaFacebook BannerFacebook PostTwitter PostInstagram Post Desktop ComputerLargeSmall

The apostle Paul’s sermon in Athens in Acts 17:22–29 is a masterpiece in Gospel contextualization. It is rhetorically skillful, it is culturally sensitive, and it is biblically faithful. It springs from a place of deep grief for the lostness of its hearers, it leads them to Jesus Christ through a deep exposition of who God is and what He wants with the world, and it does so in language that yields both clarity and goodwill. It is the exemplar of great evangelistic preaching in a world for whom God is, as He was to Paul’s Athenian hearers, “unknown.” The Western…

“We’re going to see Christ, therefore we seize the day…because there is a tomorrow.” — Alistair Begg Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices:iPadsiPhones Other Devices:Android PhonesAmazon FireMicrosoft Surface Social MediaFacebook BannerFacebook PostTwitter PostInstagram Post Desktop ComputerLargeSmall

  The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled Roe v. Wade, has brought an old, familiar accusation before Christians around the United States: “The Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion.” That is true, but only in the strictest sense. The Bible never once uses the word abortion, nor does it refer to the practice of abortion as we know it. But it’s not true that the Bible has nothing to say that’s relevant to the devastating decision to terminate a pregnancy. Scripture teaches clearly that all human life is sacred to and protected…

Being a believer entails a lifelong pursuit of getting to know God better. It’s an ongoing journey that involves studying the Bible and gaining a deeper understanding of God by learning about the many facets of His nature. The book God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God examines twenty-six unique characteristics of God, one short chapter at a time. The book presents daily readings that are five to six pages in length. Each is dedicated to a specific attribute of God, including for example, His patience, His omnipresence, His mercy, and even His anger. You’ll learn how…

“When we live in the enjoyment of what God has provided in creation for us, then we may enjoy it to the full.” — Alistair Begg Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices:iPadsiPhones Other Devices:Android PhonesAmazon FireMicrosoft Surface Social MediaFacebook BannerFacebook PostTwitter PostInstagram Post Desktop ComputerLargeSmall

“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (Psalm 40:2) Throughout the Psalms, we read David’s words of lament for his sins and his praises for God’s forgiveness. As the king learned more about the wonders of his Creator, his words made a clear distinction between the heaviness he experienced while he was running away or hiding from God and the happiness he later declared in knowing full restoration. Through God’s sanctifying work in David’s heart, he made an eye-opening discovery: God not only…

It is a countercultural, widely unacceptable notion to say you are not the owner of your own body. Again and again we instead read or hear things like this: “You are your own person. What you do with your body is entirely up to you. It’s nobody else’s business.” So when we read Paul’s reminder to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, it hits like a ballistic missile, exploding the mythologies of our day. In these verses, Paul reminds his readers of three facts that are true of every believer. Fact number one: “Your body is a temple of…