Our churches will experience a super-nova of the Spirit when we stop trading personal and meaningful holiness for what is safe in the world’s eyes.
"The new life in Christ, just like all natural life, must be nourished and strengthened."
Hannah was able to look in the face of her precious boy as she walked away from him for the last time and know that God would win in the end and her loss was not in vain.
Let them come with their words, then. Let the devil come with his barrage of lies, even his truths-turned-lies.
The question for you is not, 'Am I one of the elect?' but 'Am I a sinner?'
He longs to transform their spiritual rubble into complete life restoration because this is His way, the way of Jesus. If they would just let Him.
There was a time when obeying my parents ended. There will never be a time on this earth when honoring my parents will end.
Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary. On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits. Don’t forget that.
Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.
Christianity recognizes our problem as a matter of character, of human nature.
Like a regular relationship, we have to see the warning signs here in our spiritual relationship. If we find ourselves intentionally avoiding or carelessly neglecting communion with God then we are on a troubling trajectory.
I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.
I have discovered that there is quite a massive chasm between trusting God to do and trusting God to be. So what's the difference?
The question we must all answer is, are we willing to be thought a fool for the sake of Jesus?
The universe, as I understand logic, demands a creator. But I do not believe the universe itself to be the greatest miracle of all.
We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.
I'll tell you why I hope Bigfoot exists -- and why, in a way, I hope he is never discovered . . .
At each new beginning, the centrality of God's authoritative and creative word is reaffirmed and reemphasized. Because our salvation is not born of human will or merit but the powerful word of God, which dissolves darkness into light and raises the dead to life.
Complementarianism is not generally about authority/submission, as if they exist in a moral vacuum. It is about what biblical authority/submission look like. Any man who treats his wife in a neglectful or abusive way is no complementarian; he is a walking perversion of manhood in need of repentance.
We sat down to ask Michael Kelley, "What did you learn about God while your son Joshua was battling cancer?"
It stands, then, that if Jesus was not raised, Christ’s sacrifice was deficient, that Jesus’ blood was somehow insufficient to pay the full penalty for sin.
They love you, they love you not.
Salvation is for us but ultimately about God.
I’ve noticed in my own heart is that my definition of ministry success is often determined by what other people think of me. Strong influence, wide recognition, and powerful spiritual authority can be good things. Those things can be leveraged for tremendous impact in God’s kingdom. But often my heart can gravitate towards those things quicker than they do the ultimate goal: honoring Christ.
What is the relationship between theology and the church?
Have you considered the wonder of the Doxology?
We now face a bigger, badder “I don’t care.” It’s more complex. Topics of God, church, love, community, spiritual discipline, theological conviction, relational faithfulness, life, work, family, friends, whatever . . . all receive a definitive, self-assured “Meh.”
I'm finding these days that tucking my children in to bed has much more to do with securing the edges of life than the edges of blankets.
The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.
Evangelism is often a slow process; sometimes it’s enough to stick a rock in someone’s shoe, and see what God does with it.
Pastor, you primary calling is to the people God has you with now, not who you think you deserve.
Basically I was being told, “Evangelism won’t work for us. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is for everyone else."
We sing because we love God, not because we are the next Whitney Houston. Making a joyful noise is more about the One who makes us joyful than the squeaky noise coming from our vocal chords.
Is skipping church whenever we feel like really no big deal?
I am, if you’ll excuse the metaphor, an intellectually fat Christian. My mind is obese with knowledge and bloated with facts. And as I loosen the belt around my heavily churchified brain more and more day by day, I wonder what would happen if my obedience kept pace with that knowledge.
Sometimes we don't went to do what we are created for. And in that moment we make a common mistake. We think since our heart isn't in it we shouldn't do it.
My instinct was to hide and to zone out and to stay inside my head. But God wasn’t having that. Sometimes He leads us, kicking and screaming, beside still waters.
Maturity for Jonathan Edwards, and for us, is greater dependence upon the person and work of Christ. Grace takes a believer and gives them eyes to see themselves in light of who Christ is. And incremental holiness takes time.
Mom-judging is inevitable. It will always happen, even in the best of scenarios and the best of friends and the best of hearts. But it doesn’t mean we need to get stuck in a quagmire of doubt.
We cannot stop worshippers from worshipping. But we can redirect their gaze to the One who is truly worthy of worship.
"Sooner might fire be without heat, and a solid body be without weight, than a true faith of the gospel be without evangelical holiness."
The Father orchestrated the plan of salvation, the Son accomplished it, and the Spirit applies it. So it is in corporate worship.
There is an initial act of faith and repentance at the moment of conversion, but, after that, the process of faith and repentance constitutes a daily discipline—the Christian’s lifestyle—and a path to joy thereafter according to Psalm 32.
All who have accepted the call to salvation in Christ can offer Him the gifts He gave us, however and wherever He calls us to use them.
We must allow God’s promises to establish an unshakeable trust in him, which forges the way for peace.
It is better to die before you die.
Jesus does not deny those he has called, no matter how grievous their denial of him has been in the darkest moments of life.
The world’s picture of the sexually liberated woman isn’t empowered at all; rather, she’s enslaved by the deception that becoming a commitment-free object of lust was all her idea.
The wrestle of wealth, of making enough and having enough, is a dark space in my soul—the struggle for contentment against a sliding scale in a world that rejects less as more and sees more as a means to happiness. It’s where I have to preach to myself the truth I know when the lie is in front of me.
By God’s design, my family keeps growing and spreading. Certainly aspects of that are incredibly difficult. But when I think of the treasured people in my life that I never would have met had I not moved around as much as I did, and when I anticipate the hope of that happening again, that tastes pretty sweet to me.