Resources by Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the Lead Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He is married to Carrie and together they have four children: Eden, Haddon, Phoebe, and Graham.
Apr 24, 2015

Will God Provide For Your Needs? by Garrett Kell

When we are tempted to doubt the Father's faithfulness, we have no further to look than His provision of Christ.

Oct 31, 2015

When My Halloween Became My Reformation Day

The Stand That Saved My Soul

On Halloween night 1998 I threw a party in my apartment. I had girls, booze, weed, and cocaine. On that Halloween night, I was geared up for what I expected to be a good time. But my friend Dave didn’t respond like I expected he would.

Aug 3, 2015

What Would Jesus Say to People Buying and Selling Baby Parts? by Garrett Kell

While there certainly should be political and legal discussions about these events, the most important question we must always ask is, “What would Jesus say about it?”

May 11, 2015

We Wait For Jesus; Jesus Waits For Us by Garrett Kell

After we take our places, we wait for the bride to make her entrance. As the congregation stands and the doors open, I look at the bride—but then I always take a peek at the groom.

Oct 31, 2014

The Toughest Conversation I'm Glad I Had by Garrett Kell

We weren't sure when Grandpa woke up, but we knew it was long before the sun did. My earliest memories of him revolve around a small kitchen table where he sat each morning drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. The walls of his basement were decorated with World War II honors and pictures of his hunting victories. Locked gun cases held treasures we were only allowed to behold when Grandpa…

Sep 30, 2014

The Purpose and Privileges of Marriage by Garrett Kell

"Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”—1 Corinthians 10:31

The Purpose of Marriage

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us that getting married and staying married is to be done to the glory of God. To glorify God means we do things in such a way that we put His greatness on display for all to see. In…

Jun 30, 2014

The Pastor's Second Most Important Book by Garrett Kell

For Christians, the Bible is the most precious and important book we possess. In its pages are the divinely inspired words that guide us to know and love our God.

After the Bible there are a few books that every believer should probably read, reread, and apply. On this short list would be works like Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Pilgrim's Progress, Augustine's Confessions, Mere Christianity, Knowing God

May 13, 2016

Should I Tell My Spouse about Struggles with Sexual Purity? by Garrett Kell

Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it is important for husbands and wives to develop a plan to help each other fight sexual temptation.

May 18, 2015

Precious and Very Great Promises by Garrett Kell

Christians are people who live on promises. We grow by promises. We are sustained by promises. We please God by trusting His promises.

Feb 7

Photobombing Jesus

Confessions of a Glory Thief

A simple, but profound truth: Jesus came to save glory thieves from themselves.

Apr 26, 2016

Love is a Risk Worth Taking by Garrett Kell

“I saw everyone staring at him, but I couldn’t just watch him struggling like that. I was afraid he might hit me, but I thought it would be better for me to risk being hurt than for me to just let him hurt alone.”

May 14, 2015

How ISIS Helped Salmaa Become a Christian by Garrett Kell

ISIS thinks they are destroying and ending Christianity by killing Christians, but what they do not understand is that their evil acts are causing people to look not at them, but at these who are dying with the peace of Jesus.

Jul 14, 2016

He's a Good Father, Even in Our Suffering by Garrett Kell

Few things are as isolating as pain. When we suffer, we feel like no one can really understand what we are experiencing. Yet, no matter how alone we feel, we are never ultimately alone. Our heavenly Father is there.

May 5, 2015

God's Way Is Through the Sea by Garrett Kell

Once He has helped us to step across the threshold of our straining circumstances, we will see that God is the wise and trustworthy Savior of His people.

Apr 6, 2016

Followed By The God of Grace by Garrett Kell

It was early in my junior year at Virginia Tech—and I felt like everywhere I turned, God was following me around . . .

May 21, 2015

Encourage One Another

Giving Grace With Our Words

God commanded that His people encourage each other because He knew we would need it.

Jul 10, 2015

Consider Where Sin is Leading You by Garrett Kell

See yourself taking down those smiling pictures from the wall and taping up the moving boxes, unsure if you’ll ever open them again. Do you see it? Sin doesn’t tell you about those days, does it?

Mar 5, 2016

A Sample Statement on Regular Church Attendance by Garrett Kell

One church's example statement to help their community think biblically about regular church attendance.

Jul 31, 2014

A Pattern Among Fallen Pastors by Garrett Kell

During my time in seminary I took a leadership course taught by the late-great Dr. Howard Hendricks. As we studied the life of David, Prof shared a study he conducted with a group of men in full-time ministry who had fallen into a morally disqualifying sin.

Nov 5, 2015

7 Reasons Not To Skip Church by Garrett Kell

Faithful church attendance does not earn salvation, nor does it act as a measure to rate spiritual greatness over and against other people. It does, however, reflect a growing commitment to the gospel, the good of the church community, and spiritual health.