Who Were the Puritans? Watch the Engaging Documentary  “Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God”

Over the past two decades, interest in the Puritans has enjoyed a resurgence. This group of devout believers left a vibrant legacy of biblical Christianity—one that not only furthered the advancement of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century but also left behind a vast treasure of writings beloved by many, including classics like John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

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Topics: Monthly Resources


Hymn: “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil F. Alexander

Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Download the Complete 8-Volume Set of “The Gospel According to Mark”


Mark’s Gospel emphasizes the certainty that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the fulfillment of God’s purpose. Attributed to John Mark, a contemporary of the disciple Peter, this Gospel is identified as Peter’s first-hand account of life with Jesus. Mark provides vivid descriptions of the relationships between Jesus and the religious leaders, Jesus and His disciples, and Jesus and the multitudes who sought His miracles. Misconceptions about Jesus motivated each of these three groups to action: the religious leaders arrested Him, the disciples abandoned Him at the cross, and the crowd betrayed Him.

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Topics: Monthly Resources


Faithful: Wallpaper

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”  (Hebrews 10:23 ESV)

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


Hymn: “The Sands of Time Are Sinking” by Anne R. Cousins

The sands of time are sinking,
The dawn of heaven breaks,
The summer morn I've sighed for,
The fair sweet morn awakes;
Dark, dark hath been the midnight,
But dayspring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel's land.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Download (Free) - “The Pastor’s Study” - A Study For Pastors and Leaders by Alistair Begg

Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that “the work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.” Such a high calling, however, comes with a high level of responsibility: As a pastor places his confidence in the Gospel’s power, the task of proclamation must be his chief concern. In the Pastor’s Study, we present a collection of sermons designed to help and encourage the Gospel-centered pastor as he evangelizes faithfully and establishes believers in the sound doctrine essential to spiritual growth.

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Topics: Ministry Updates, Monthly Resources


How Alistair Begg Prepares a Sermon

The following material was adapted from On Being a Pastor by Derek J. Prime and Alistair Begg (©2013). Published by Moody Publishers. www.MoodyPublishers.com. Used by permission.

Preparing a sermon or a talk is a very personal process, and the reason we (Alistair and Derek) share our own approach is that we have been helped over the years as we have asked others how they set about the task. Whatever our method, prayer and personal obedience to the Word of God must come first. The very spirit in which we prepare should express our dependence upon God and our personal willingness to be obedient to what He reveals to us to pass on to His people.

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Topics: Begg's Blog


Heir: Wallpaper

“In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”
— Hebrews 1:2 ESV

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


What Gospel Ministers Do

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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Topics: Begg's Blog


Video: “Love, Loss, Lamentation” by Alistair Begg

David’s lament over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan invited Israel to feel their grief and provided direction for their sorrow. As Alistair Begg explains, David buried Saul’s past offenses, choosing instead to focus on the good that had been lost. His poem highlighted the bravery Saul and Jonathan displayed, the unity they enjoyed, and the prosperity Saul created. At the same time, his deep anguish over Jonathan’s death points us to Jesus as the friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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Topics: Weekly Sermons


Take an Epic Journey Through Christian History

Christianity is unlike any other religion because it’s grounded in historical events centered on our Creator and His people. Alistair often reminds us that when we read the Bible, we're learning about real people who lived in a real place at a real time.

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Topics: Monthly Resources


What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 4 of 4)

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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Topics: Begg's Blog


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Topics: Ministry Updates


Recommended Reading List for Pastors

Truth For Life recommends the following assortment of books 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.

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Topics: Ministry Updates, Monthly Resources


Fulfills: Wallpaper

“The new covenant does not contradict the old covenant; it fulfills it.”
— Alistair Begg

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What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 3 of 4)

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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Topics: Begg's Blog


Hymn: “When All Thy Mercies, O My God” by Joseph Addison

When all your mercies, O my God,
My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I'm lost
In wonder, love, and praise.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Video: “How the Mighty Have Fallen” by Alistair Begg

Following Saul and Jonathan’s death, David cried out for silence in the streets and for a curse to descend on the mountain where the mighty of Israel had fallen. Although David’s lament was personal, he led all of Israel in mourning the nation’s calamity. As Alistair Begg explains, his sorrowful grief was a biblical response to death. When we take time to mourn, we show a watching world that death is indeed the last great enemy, even as we look forward to the return of Christ, who alone conquered death.

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Topics: Weekly Sermons


What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 2 of 4)

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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Topics: Begg's Blog


Hymn: "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" by Charles Wesley

Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
O receive my soul at last!

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 1 of 4)

For pastors, the Gospel ministry is not always smooth sailing. Jesus said we should anticipate hardship, and when we look at the lives of the apostles, we discover that is exactly what they faced. In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, however, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the call to ministry—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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Topics: Begg's Blog


Holiness: Wallpaper

“The key to effective Christian living is an awareness of God's majestic holiness.”
— Alistair Begg

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


Alistair Begg Reminds Us God Works in Dark Places

 

Dear Friend,

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them.” Most of us find it hard to imagine what imprisonment would be like, and even harder to empathize with its reality.

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Topics: Letters From Alistair Begg