To the Almost Christian

Not all who profess faith in Christ actually follow Him. Not all who give lip service to Christianity necessarily know its truth. Various warning passages (e.g., Heb. 2:1–4; 3:7–4:13; 1 John 2:19), along with Jesus’ own words in the Gospels (e.g., Matt. 7:23; 25:41; Luke 13:27), alert us to the possibility that we can appear to have a relationship with Jesus and even enjoy the fellowship of close Christian community without finding a home in heaven in the end.

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Topics: Articles


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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Topics: Ministry Updates


Wallpaper: Enjoy the Beauty

“Go out and enjoy the beauty of His creation. Rest in the wonder of His providence. Trust unreservedly in His desire and design for His people. And we'll have occasion to be thankful.”
— Alistair Begg

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


Hymn: “Facing a Task Unfinished”

Original Words by Frank Houghton, Music by Samuel Wesley. New Words and Music by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Ed Cash and Fionan De Barra

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


“No Condemnation”: Highest Hope for the Chief of Sinners

The entirety of the Bible is inspired Scripture—every book, every paragraph, every sentence, every word. But while all Scripture is equally inspired, some parts of it exceed the others in being inspiring.

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Good Grief: How the Gospel Transforms the Pain of Loss

Though we use it sparingly, bereavement is a word most of us have heard—perhaps at least in the context of the bereavement leave that many workplaces grant. The word comes from the verb to reave, which means to forcibly deprive, to take captive, to plunder. And that is what happens in the experience of bereavement. In being bereaved, we are broken up, we are ravished. What we once had is lost, and we are invaded with grief.

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Wallpaper: What is Your Life?

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:14 ESV)

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


“Worthy Is the Lamb”: The Price, Scope, and Purpose of Our Redemption

Too often, we regard the book of Revelation as if it were a collection of riddles—some kind of theological Rubik’s Cube that must be deciphered by making all the colors match on every side. But this shouldn’t be the case.

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What Does the Bible Tell Us Heaven Will Be Like?


What happens when we die? And what will heaven be like? In Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come, author Derek Thomas draws directly from Scripture to answer these intriguing questions. While we can’t know all the details, you might be surprised by how much the Bible reveals about the afterlife.

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Topics: Monthly Resources


Some Thoughts on Sin and Hell

It may surprise some to consider that the strongest words in the Bible concerning hell come from the lips of Jesus Christ Himself. For example, in Mark 9:48, Jesus uses imagery from Isaiah 66 to describe hell as a place full of invincible, flesh-eating worms and unquenchable fire. (That’s not exactly the most pleasant picture, is it?)

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Topics: Articles


Wallpaper: Find Significance

“In the unfolding plan of what God is doing in the totality of His kingdom, individuals find significance.”
— Alistair Begg

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


Hymn: “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Retaliate, or Bless? How to Respond to Persecution

Comfy, accommodating visions of the Christian life have been popular for some time now. Peddlers of such ideas speak as if Christ’s mission were to purchase us an oversized, fluffy armchair to lounge in until He tranquilly guides us to an even fluffier cloud in heaven. “If you become a Christian, all your difficulties will fly away,” they say. “Just have enough faith, and you will reap only blessings.”

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T-U-L-I-P-S: Six Words to Guide Your Marriage

In some of the most important words ever written about marriage, the apostle Paul roots the marital union in God’s creation design:

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Wallpaper: Nearness to Jesus

“There will be three effects of nearness to Jesus—humility, happiness, and holiness. May God give them to you, Christian!”
— C.H. Spurgeon

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


The Wonder of God’s Election

Have you ever noticed that mainstream talk of religion rarely pays attention to God’s activity in the world? When the media does have something to say about God, it’s usually about the “search for God,” as if a great multitude is out there looking all over the place for Him, and they just can’t find Him. This is the story of religion: that man is just trying to find God, wherever He is.

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Hymn: “I Am His, and He Is Mine” by George W. Robinson

Loved with everlasting love,
Led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above,
Thou hast taught me it is so!
O, this full and perfect peace!
O, this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease,
I am His, and He is mine.
In a love which cannot cease,
I am His, and He is mine.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Download (Free) - “Encore: A Collection of Listener Favorites”


Each year Truth For Life produces a series of listener favorites. The messages are on a wide range of topics such as marriage, trials, and attributes of God.

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Topics: Ministry Updates, Monthly Resources


A Brief Reflection on God’s Goodness


Few of us today have any meaningful connection to the sources of our food and the other products we consume. Most meet their daily needs, and much more, with the scan of a barcode, a click, or a swipe on a phone. If you want it, you get it—and often right away.

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Topics: Articles


Alistair Begg’s Favorite Songs


Dear Friend,

Recently, I’ve been thinking about why I was never able to memorize the periodic table of the elements. Our science teacher would unroll a canvas screen that contained them all—top left was hydrogen, and top right was helium. That is about as far as I got! But why was that? After all, I have at least an average memory.

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Topics: Letters From Alistair Begg