Reformation Re-Discovery: Grace, Faith, and Jesus

In his book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray observes, “People in wealthy Western democracies” now have “absolutely no explanation for what we are doing here, and no story to give life purpose”1—no overarching narrative that guides our sense of where we fit on our earthly journey and in the unfolding panorama of our world. As the children’s nursery rhyme would have it, “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men” cannot “put Humpty together again.” We have, as a culture, fallen off the wall, and we lie in pieces on the ground.

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Recommended Resources for Pastors


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.

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Topics: Ministry Updates, Monthly Resources, Recommended Reading


The Fruit of the Spirit: Love (Part 2 of 9)

Countless pages of the Bible recount the outpouring of God’s love for the least deserving. The contours of Scripture’s story line help us to know and feel that God Himself is love (1 John 4:8, 16). He is more than love, of course, but never less.

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Wallpaper: The Mystery of Godliness

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

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The Root of Our Holiness: Introducing the Fruit of the Spirit (Part 1 of 9)

One of the greatest Reformation-era rediscoveries is the astounding truth that sinful men and women can be justified—made right with God—on the basis of faith alone. No merit of our own makes us acceptable to God. It is ever and only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that restores the broken relationship we have with our Creator.

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7 Bible Verses on Purity

Psalm 51:1–2“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”

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Wallpaper: Far More

To him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


What Makes a Christian Leader Effective?


Pastors aren’t perfect. They battle with temptation and sin just like the rest of us. But when they fall from grace, they make headlines—and sometimes they drag down whole congregations.

So what does it take to be successful in Christian leadership?

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Topics: Monthly Resources


Hymn: “There’s a Work for Jesus” by Elsie Duncan Yale


There’s a work for Jesus, ready at your hand,
’Tis a task the Master just for you has planned.
Haste to do His bidding, yield Him service true;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


The Sufficiency of Scripture in an Age of Uncertainty

We live at a time when truth has been devalued and tolerance has been enthroned. Everyone has their own opinions about how to reach “divine reality”—whether that be nirvana, paradise, or the denial of the divine altogether, which just leads us to the deification of the material or the self. Too often, when faced with such cultural pressures, all that our churches have to offer in response is a kind of how-to or self-help therapeutic program that lacks robust, distinctly Christian theology.

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FREE ‘Pathway to Freedom’ Study Guide

In the audio series Pathway to Freedom: How God's Laws Guide Our Lives, Alistair Begg teaches step by step through the Ten Commandments. He explains how each commandment points to the responsibilities laid upon us by our Creator—and, ultimately, to our need for saving grace. You’ll learn that the Ten Commandments are not a ladder to climb to find acceptance with God; rather, they are a mirror that exposes our sin and our need a Savior.

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How Do We Approach the Bible? Four Lessons from Nehemiah

God’s Word is a focal point during most Christian worship services. But why do so many churches give such priority to the public reading and preaching of the Bible? And how should the church respond?

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Wallpaper: Walk Worthy

“I … urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
— Ephesians 4:1–3

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When the Cross of Christ Takes Its Rightful Place

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).

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Two Vital Elements of Expository Preaching

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.”

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Hymn: “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman, Jr.

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.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Wallpaper: Wonder at His Purposes

“The providence of God is worked out in life in ways that cause us to wonder at His purposes.”
— Alistair Begg

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Alistair Begg on Encouraging Pastors


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 of doing what I do keeps me alert and hopefully growing in grace.

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Topics: Letters From Alistair Begg


Learn Why Church Membership Is Not Optional


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?

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Topics: Monthly Resources