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Joy: An Irish Christmas Live

Joy: An Irish Christmas Live

publish date November 30, 2011
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Keith and Kristyn Getty premiered their new Christmas CD, Joy: An Irish Christmas in San Diego.

Providence: An Admission of Guilt

Providence: An Admission of Guilt

publish date November 30, 2011
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Alistair Begg writes: Up to this point Joseph’s brothers had never acknowledged their guilt. Do you recall their calloused reaction to his cries for help in the pit? They sat down to eat their midday meal, choosing to ignore his pleas for mercy. Now we discover the other side of the story: we saw him; we would not listen; we must give an account.

Audio Available for Murrieta and Costa Mesa Events

Audio Available for Murrieta and Costa Mesa Events

publish date November 29, 2011
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For those of you who would like to listen again to Alistair's talks at Costa Mesa and Murrieta in mid-November, we've added the audio to the website. You can download freely and pass around or listen online with the built-in player. Blessings!

Nov. 16 Costa Mesa Event Audio ...

Sunday Sermon: Not Far From the Kingdom

Sunday Sermon: Not Far From the Kingdom

publish date November 29, 2011
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How close is close enough when it comes to the kingdom of God? In this study from Mark 12:28-34, we learn that knowing true things about God and understanding his law isn't enough. Unless our religion shows us our need for God, it will actually keep us from him.

2011 Annual Report Booklet

2011 Annual Report Booklet

publish date November 28, 2011
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The holiday season seems an appropriate time to remind ourselves of God's grace. His grace has provided for us and His grace will sustain us.

As we wrap up 2011 and move into the New Year, we want to remind ourselves and our listeners of the centrality of God's Word—the foundation and building blocks for all we do. We have discussed this more in depth in our Annual Report Booklet but would like to give you a quick preview of our plans for 2012.

Sunday Sermon: The Sadducees Question, Part One

Sunday Sermon: The Sadducees Question, Part One

publish date November 26, 2011
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In Mark 12:18-27, the Sadducees take their turn trying to catch Jesus in his words. Jesus' response revealed that, like those who had come before, their cynicism was founded on a spiritual problem: they did not believe their own scriptures or understand the power of God.

A Reason for Thanksgiving

A Reason for Thanksgiving

publish date November 24, 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving! As you celebrate with your family and friends today, Alistair Begg reminds of the reason that all Christians have a reason to be grateful.

Providence: Dealing With Disappointment

Providence: Dealing With Disappointment

publish date November 23, 2011
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Alistair Begg writes: A lesson we learn from Joseph’s time spent in the dungeon deals with disappointment and unfulfilled hopes. Have you ever been disappointed by events or people? Ever had desires and dreams and hopes that went unfulfilled? We’ve all had them. They are part of the package called life.

2011: A Year in Review

2011: A Year in Review

publish date November 22, 2011
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November and December are important months for us at Truth For Life. We spent these 8 weeks reflecting on God's goodness over the year and looking forward with great expectation to the upcoming year. These months also provide an opportunity for us to provide a ministry update to you, our listeners and donors.

Providence: A Game Plan for Suffering: From Joseph to Jesus

Providence: A Game Plan for Suffering: From Joseph to Jesus

publish date November 21, 2011
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Alistair Begg writes: What a saga of injustice, and what a potential for bitterness. Joseph was opposed, imprisoned, maligned, misunderstood, slandered, falsely accused and wrongfully persecuted. The details of his life, though, foreshadowed Christ. In talking about Christ, 1 Peter 2:23 says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”

Sunday Evening Sermon: "Worth-ship"

Sunday Evening Sermon: "Worth-ship"

publish date November 17, 2011
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Why do Christians sing when we gather for worship? Our music allows us to participate together in praising our great God and edifying one another in the faith. As we build on the worship patterns of believers in the past, we are creating patterns of our own for generations yet to come.

Listener Stories from Last Week

Listener Stories from Last Week

publish date November 17, 2011
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Praise God with us and be encourged as you read just some of last week's comments from listeners and friends...

Alistair, I've enjoyed this great work that the Holy Spirit is doing through you for years now. I would be remiss if I did not share with you just how encouraging it is to hear God's Word through your preaching. Thank you, and thanks to your staff and supporters who make these sermons available free via podcast to us all.
Jason from TX

2011 Year in Review: A Letter from Alistair Begg

2011 Year in Review: A Letter from Alistair Begg

publish date November 16, 2011
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Dear Friends,

"You accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God."

The Apostle Paul commended the believers in Thessalonica because of the manner in which they received the word of God. In light of this, it is interesting that Luke records the fact that the Jews in Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica: "They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so."

Providence: Powerful Ways to Deal With Temptation

Providence: Powerful Ways to Deal With Temptation

publish date November 16, 2011
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Alistair Begg writes: "Temptation is Not From God. Here’s the first principle. God is never, ever the source of temptation, so we can’t lay the problem at His feet if we fail. After Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife, she tried to lay the blame for her lust first at Joseph’s feet, and then at the feet of her husband (Genesis 39:13-18). She told the other servants Joseph had tried to rape her, and then insinuated to Potiphar that he was at fault for bringing Joseph into their home..."

Sunday Sermon: Render to Caesar...

Sunday Sermon: Render to Caesar...

publish date November 15, 2011
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From Sunday morning on November 13, Alistair Begg preaches from Mark 12:

"Why do you keep playing games with Jesus?" That's the issue that confronted those who questioned Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar and the issue that faces us today. In this study from Mark 12:13-17, we learn that Christ's kingdom takes precedence over every other kingdom and every agenda that we have.

Keith, Kristyn and Eliza Getty Unplugged

Keith, Kristyn and Eliza Getty Unplugged

publish date November 15, 2011
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We're excited to be offering the Getty's CD this year as our thank you when you make a financial gift towards our $2.5 million Year-End goal.

Watch as Keith, Kristyn and Eliza Joy Getty share an unplugged version of the new Christmas hymn "Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven" from their Nashville home.

Providence: Joseph Was Safe in God's Hand

Providence: Joseph Was Safe in God's Hand

publish date November 14, 2011
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Remember that Joseph's grandfather was Isaac. AS that old man sorted through his memories, he would have recountedthe story told in Genesis 22 of how his father, Abraham had been commanded by God to offer him as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah.

Providence: Saying No... Again and Again!

Providence: Saying No... Again and Again!

publish date November 11, 2011
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Joseph is remembered for two things: his multi-colored coat and his encounter with Potiphar's wife; and in the second of these, the coat figures in his downfall once again.

Providence: Habits of Highly Effective Slaves

Providence: Habits of Highly Effective Slaves

publish date November 9, 2011
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Few of us suffer the circumstances Joseph contended with, and most of us would have forgiven Joseph for indulging in a little resentment, basking in a bit of self-pity, or viewing the world around him with bitterness. The prince had become a slave.

Sunday Sermon: After Darkness, Light

Sunday Sermon: After Darkness, Light

publish date November 8, 2011
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This Sunday, Alistair Begg turned to Romans 3 for a study on salvation and justification.

Providence: The Grace of God

Providence: The Grace of God

publish date November 7, 2011
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In modern-day terms, Joseph came from a dysfunctional family. Indeed we all come from a dysfunctional background because sin makes people dysfunctional. But when you take all the sins of a large number of selfish people and mix them together in a family, you have an entity badly out of alignment with wheels turning in different directions...

A New Series: Providence

A New Series: Providence

publish date November 2, 2011
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Join Truth For Life & Alistair Begg in our new series, Providence, which goes through the life of Joseph and shows God’s sovereignty in his life and in our lives.

Rooted in the Truth: 2011 and Beyond

Rooted in the Truth: 2011 and Beyond

publish date November 1, 2011
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November and December are always exciting times for us here at Truth For Life. During the last two months of the year, we have an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that God has been faithful to us in the preceding year, to make plans for another year of ministry, and to hear from you- our listeners- about how God has used the teaching of his Word to change your lives.

It's also a time for us to reaffirm our mission and purpose for existing as a ministry: