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Joy: An Irish Christmas

If you were in the Truth For Life offices recently, you would have heard Christmas carols in the hallway as we previewed Keith and Kristyn Getty's new project, Joy: An Irish Christmas. In this latest project, the Gettys have combined traditional songs like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Carol ...

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Category: Recommended Resources


Note To Self: Kill Your Sin

You seem to think your sins will somehow die of old age. It's as if you believe that you can wait them out and they will eventually grow weak and fail. But the truth is your sin ages more like an oak tree.

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Note to Self: Forgive

Your refusal to forgive one who has sinned against you is a manifestation of hypocrisy--a telltale sign that either you have not experienced God's forgiving grace, or that you take such grace for granted.

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Upcoming College Events

Alistair Begg will be speaking at college campuses in California and Illinois

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Category: Events


Sunday Sermon: Lessons from the Fig Tree, Part Two

In the evening service on October 9, Alistair Begg continued his message from Mark 11:

When Jesus told his disciples that they will receive "whatever you ask in prayer," did He mean it only as a symbol or metaphor? As we work through these verses in Mark's gospel in light of the rest of scripture, we find the balance we need by believing God will do the impossible while at the same time humbly submitting to His sovereign will.

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Category: Weekly Sermons


Note to Self: Remember Your Sins

Part of your confidence before God is that he has forgiven you of your sins and remembers them no more. But sometimes you have a hard time forgetting all that you have done wrong.

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Sunday Sermon: Lessons from the Fig Tree, Part One

On Sunday, October 9, Alistair Begg continued his series in Mark's Gospel.

The cursing of the fig tree recorded in Mark 11 is a living parable of the judgment that God would send on unbelieving Israel. Today, Jesus' actions still challenge us to consider the fruitfulness of our lives before God.

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Category: Weekly Sermons


Upcoming California Events

Upcoming events in Westlake Village & Santa Barbara, CA

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A Student's Reflection on Lessons from Alistair Begg

A senior at Taylor University shares how Alistair Begg impacted her Spiritual Renewal Week.

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Category: Events


Sunday Sermon: In the Temple

On Sunday, October 2, Alistair continued his study in Mark's gospel in the evening service. In Mark 11, Jesus enters the temple.He looked past the disguise of religion and saw God's people being exploited. What motivated His dramatic response? Not anger, but a holy zeal for God's honor.

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Category: Weekly Sermons


Note To Self Excerpt: Rejoice

October's monthly resource "Note to Self" by Joe Thorn is available with a donation of any amount. We're including some excerpts from it to give you a taste its content. Today's is called "Rejoice."

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Preach to Your Soul: A Letter from Alistair Begg

One of the questions I receive most frequently is: "Who is your pastor?" My answer always includes older wiser ministers to whom I listen and from whom I take counsel and encouragement. I also point to my colleagues here at Parkside Church and to a few of our elders who take a particular interest in my spiritual well-being. But in a strange way, the pastor is involved in pastoring himself as he teaches the Bible, Sunday by Sunday. This is a sobering thought brought home by James when he warns about becoming a teacher since, "he who teaches will be judged with greater strictness."

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Category: Letters from Alistair


Sunday Sermon: The Coming Kingdom

The story of the "triumphal entry" is well known, but because of its familiarity, we may miss the point that is made in the details. In his approach to Jerusalem, Jesus asserted that he is the Messianic king predicted by the Old Testament Scriptures.

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Category: Weekly Sermons


October Resource: Note to Self

"The idea of preaching the gospel to ourselves is getting more press these days, but the actual work of preaching to ourselves seems to be slow in coming. We hear the basic concept and think, 'Of course, I need to do that.' But where do we start? What does it mean? How do we actually do it?"

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Getting to Know: Rico Tice & John Dickson

In May 2011, Alistair invited Rico Tice and John Dickson to join him for the annual Basics Conference for pastors held at Parkside Church. Both of these men have a passion for evangelism, and for 3 days, they led the conference attendees through a series of discussions on the theology and practice of evangelism, particularly in the context of the local church.

While they were in Cleveland, Alistair asked Rico and John to sit down for a few minutes with Bob Lepine so that we could get to know them better, hear more about their ministries, and be challenged and encouraged in our evangelistic efforts.

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Why Celebrate Pastor’s Appreciation Month?

Part of our mission at Truth For Life is to strengthen local churches, which we believe is fundamentally accomplished by the relevant and clear teaching of God’s Word. Christ, in his sovereignty and wisdom, has established the local church as the primary mechanism for preaching, fellowship, worship, growth and service. Pastors have been called and appointed by God to teach the Bible and to shepherd their flock, which takes diligence, dedication, time and energy.

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