Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.
Psalm 23 has a lot to say about Christ's tender, loving care for us. But the psalm isn't primarily about the sheep; it is about the exaltation of the Shepherd.
We must actively pursue deep relationships with others within our churches in which we bravely share how the gospel lays claim to our lives.
It would be convenient if Satan would show up as a talking snake. Then, we could run away screaming or call animal control. Instead, he comes to us as an agent of reason.
How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .
The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions.
How does God reach us when our heart staggers mindlessly into the gray dusk of ‘whatever’?
Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.
The real call of Christianity is to find our love and meaning by trusting in, submitting to, and abiding in Christ.
If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.
Even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives.
Declawing the Bible of its warnings against and judgments upon sin is not good for the church.
Let the church say, “Huh?”
All Christians want to stay close to Jesus. But to try to do that on your own is to set out to fail.
As beautiful as the temple was, it was but a shadow of the magnificence of Christ.
Is your ministry an individual sport or a team sport?
We open the gates of the year to the sweet strains of the harp of joy!
You may not love waiting. But if you love Jesus, you can learn to see that waiting, though in many ways part of the curse, can be redeemed for Him.
To set the goal of marriage, to see it as the ultimate prize and pinnacle of life, is destructive to a woman’s heart.
Do you think Jesus is street smart?
It was a thing unheard of before, and unparalleled since . . .
He emptied himself so that we would not see our own emptiness as a hopeless cause.
For some time most of these books have been of little use to me except to hold dust and to look good.
We are not exactly sure all that David had in might with his “olive tree” simile.
As I passed by each store, I saw white teeth smiling at me in frozen cheer from every window advertisement and I felt tired. I felt like I didn’t have it in me.
Don't turn Christmas into a warm fuzzy.
Outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common.
In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.
Look upon him, the great Surety of the covenant, as faithful and true.
Their mettle will be tested. Their faith will be challenged. They will be pressured to succumb on any number of fronts.
Christmas then is not the season to be jolly, as if the other seasons are the opposite.
Life transitions remind me that identity is a complex topic and not something that can be reduced to one or two things, like being a wife and mother. There are many layers that make up who we are, but the one most important layer is the foundation.
Our sighs are sacred things.
Let us not think that we can inconvenience Jesus with our cares and needs.
Let's advance the gospel of the kingdom out into the perimeter of our hearts and lives with affectionate meekness and humble submission.
Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear?
Do not allow discouragement to cause you to question your identity.
Christianity grows best under hardship.
O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord's lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.
The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin.
God my Father knows the things we need. So we are free to care about every stray thread and every little bird in life, not from some illusion of perfection, but for right fellowship with God.
Oh! to trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.
Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.
Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side.
We’re in a battle after all. Haven’t you heard?
“I’m a private person,” we might argue. “It’s no one else’s business,” we might say. “It’s my cross to bear,” we might conclude. And yet, we cannot weep with each other if we never see or know that we are weeping.
Mothering is not about fulfilling my dreams or satisfying any craving in my heart. It is about offering my heart to be wrung out on behalf of His redemptive plan, for his glory.
To be silent over God's mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude.
God is worthy and due our honor and glory.
Recognizing the influence of sin compels us to keep praying - keeping short accounts with God while fighting through seasons of guilt.