Cares: Wallpaper

“We do not need to worry because He cares for us; we do not need to carry burdens because He invites us to cast them upon Him.”
— C.H. Spurgeon

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Is There an Approach to Bible Reading That Advances Spiritual Growth?

How do we get the most out of reading our Bibles? Pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson suggests that because of their approach to reading Scripture, many Christians don't receive the full benefit of God's instruction for their lives. In his book Maturity, Ferguson outlines a helpful pattern for learning from God's Word that makes a "long-term investment in your life, because you're really building a Bible into your soul." Request your copy of Maturity today from Truth For Life.

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Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters?

When hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, or other disasters occur, we tend to think that God has fallen asleep on the job. Why would He let something like this happen? This timeless question finds its answer in God‘s providential and loving care. This is a God who plants His footsteps in the sea, and the winds and the waves obey Him. This message was given in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but an understanding that God has loving reasons for all such events helps us rise above the storm, setting our minds and hearts on solid ground.

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Video: “Living on Dead-End Street” by Alistair Begg

As the Philistines gathered their forces, King Saul was alone and desperate. Afraid for his life, he inquired of the Lord, but after years of ignoring God’s word, Saul received no answer. He then disguised himself and consulted a medium, only for an apparition of Samuel to tell him of his impending death. As Alistair Begg explains, Saul’s hopeless situation reflects our natural condition apart from Christ. If we hear God’s voice today, we must not harden our hearts.

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What Characteristics Mark an Effective Church? Part 6 of 7: A Worshiping Community

Have you ever been reluctant to sing wholeheartedly at church? Alistair reminds us that singing gives God the glory that's due to His name. Learning the marks of an effective church from the book of Acts, we discover how foundational praise was to the first-century believers and how it remains essential for us today when we gather in our local churches. Click here to hear more about the importance of a worshiping community.

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What Hinders Us From Becoming Mature Christians?

There are few, if any, priorities more important for the believer than developing a mature faith. Pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson sheds light on hindrances to growing in a faith that's rooted firmly in Scripture, particularly for those of us living in a Western culture. Ferguson's book Maturity provides a practical road map for making consistent forward progress on the journey. Request your copy today from Truth For Life.

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Safety: Wallpaper

“At all times we should commit everything to Jesus' faithful hand; then even if life should hang on a thread, and difficulties multiply like the sands of the sea, our soul shall live in safety and delight itself in quiet resting places.” —C.H. Spurgeon

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Video: “The Flea Flees” by Alistair Begg

After sparing Saul’s life a second time, David allowed fear to overturn his confidence in God’s protection. Rather than seeking refuge in the Lord, he escaped into enemy territory and out of Saul’s reach. His success was short-lived, however, as his lies to Achish, king of Gath, soon led to trouble. As Alistair Begg notes, David’s duplicitous activity reminds us that all men are fallible. We must keep our gaze fixed on Jesus, the one true King, in whom there is no deceit.

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Hymn: "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" by Henry Francis Lyte

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

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A Book Forty Years in the Making

Pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson discusses the long background to his book Maturity. He also explains that once we become followers of Christ, our journey to grow into mature believers is just beginning. Ferguson discusses the biblical importance of nurturing a mature faith. 

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What Characteristics Mark an Effective Church? Part 5 of 7: Mutual Care

In the book of Acts, we see Jesus' followers adopting an entirely new pattern of community life that extended to their pocketbooks! As Alistair continues this series of short talks on the attributes of an effective church, he describes the dramatic change that declaring Jesus as Lord has on how we view our possessions. Click here to hear more teaching from Alistair on this topic.

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Four Myths about Forgiveness

Many of us are very familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, a series of verses in both Matthew and Luke in which Jesus provides His disciples with an example of prayer to use in their own lives. In this prayer, Jesus reminds us how important it is not only to seek from God our most basic physical requirements but also to cry out to Him for our primary spiritual necessity—namely, forgiveness:

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Inheritance: Wallpaper

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” (Ephesians 1:11 ESV)

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Hymn: “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” by Horatius Bonar

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

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Sermons about the Glory of God

Many have tried to define the glory of God. The Bible often describes it as a light far brighter than anything seen on earth. But what does that mean for us as Christians? In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg examines what the Bible says about the glory of the Lord, reminding us that we are to give Him the glory He is due.

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Video: “David Spares Saul Again” by Alistair Begg

After Saul yet again moved against him, David infiltrated the king’s camp and found him sleeping and helpless. But David was a man of conviction, not convenience; instead of slaying his enemy, he spared Saul’s life for a second time. As Alistair Begg reminds us, though, David’s faithfulness would eventually crumble in the face of temptation. Only Jesus fulfills all righteousness, which He imparts to all who place their trust in Him.

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What Characteristics Mark an Effective Church? Part 4 of 7: Prayer

For the apostles, prayer was a fundamental aspect of their relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Alistair comments on how important it is for a church to follow the apostles' pattern of prayer described in the book of Acts. Continuing a brief look at seven marks of an effective church, Alistair encourages us to say yes to prayer as a church family. Click here to learn more about the priority of prayer in the early church and its necessity in our churches today.

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Eric Liddell: Olympic Athlete and Missionary to China

Eric Liddell, known as the “Flying Scotsman,” is most widely known for his refusal to run on Sunday in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Liddell, a committed Christian, withdrew from his strongest event, the 100 meters—a decision that would years later make him the subject of the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire. As an alternative, Liddell registered to run in the 400 meters instead. Just moments before the race, an American handed him a piece of paper with words from 1 Samuel 2:30, which reads, “Those who honor me I will honor.” Liddell ran the race with the verse in his hand and claimed Olympic gold and a new world record with a time of 47.6 seconds. When Eric described his race plan, he said,

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Waiting: Wallpaper

“We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.”
— C.H. Spurgeon

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Video: “Restraining Grace” by Alistair Begg

After protecting men in the wilderness that were not his own, David sent word to their master, Nabal, asking for provisions. Nabal, however, spurned David’s kindness and repaid evil for good. While David planned to avenge himself through bloodshed, God’s unseen hand was at work to prevent him from sinning. As Alistair Begg explains, the timely intervention of Nabal’s wife, Abigail, illustrates God’s restraining grace. Like David, we can rejoice and bless God for His providential grace in our lives.

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Hymn: “God Is Still on the Throne” by Kittie Suffield

Have you started for glory and heaven,
Have you left this old world far behind;
In your heart is the Comforter dwelling,
Can you say, :Praise the Lord, He is mine;"
Have the ones that once walked on the highway,
Gone back, and you seem all alone?
Keep your eyes on the prize, for the home in the skies.
God is still on the throne.

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What Characteristics Mark an Effective Church? Part 3 of 7: Devotion to the Sacraments

What important practices marked believers in the first century? Continuing his series of talks on church life according to the New Testament, Alistair describes the essential role of baptism and the Lord's Supper in the local church. Click here to learn more about how devotion to the Sacraments is foundational in a Christ-centered church.

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Alistair Begg on His Favorite Movie

Dear Friend,

When I am asked to name my favorite movie, my answer hasn’t changed in nearly forty years. It is Chariots of Fire. Nominated in seven categories at the 54th Academy Awards, it was an unexpected winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture. In 1982, the applause rang out in Hollywood, just as it did in 1945 at the cemetery in the Weihsien Internment Camp in China when Eric Henry Liddell made an abundant entry into heaven.

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Praise Cheers the Day: Wallpaper

“It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; such praise cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow.”
— C.H. Spurgeon

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