We ask God for daily bread, always trusting that He knows what the bread for tomorrow will need to look like as well.
Unforgiveness is not an obedience issue—it's a belief issue.
In our vocation and recreation, in days of peace and days of persecution, in the valley of the shadow of death and in the pastures of comfort, we are created and called to glorify and enjoy God.
Not once has God ever picked up a perfect church led by a perfect pastor to write his continuing story of redemption.
If you talk a big game about the gospel, but don't live like it's true, the people in your life will begin to suspect you don't actually believe it. Worse yet, they may begin to disbelieve it themselves.
He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient?
When we see the Old Testament in light of Jesus, we don't destroy its essence, we enrich it.
Although physical maturity happens without our planning, Paul told the church at Colossae that spiritual maturity does not work that way.
If bravery is to outwardly face what intimidates us, courage is being transparent enough to admit that inwardly we have many fears and wounds.
There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this?
Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.
There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.
When the duties are ordained means by God, they are blessings filled with the seeds of your delight.
Only an Almighty arm can preserve us from these unseen foes, who are seeking to destroy us.
I am sorry we didn’t tell you the Christian life is about being connected to the right root, Jesus, before you can bear the right fruit.
Our God is a powerful God. Nothing is too hard for Him.
Wonder is necessary to survival, either in telling a story or living your own. No wonder we are a people starved of soul satisfaction.
What does it mean to fix our eyes?
For Paul, having Christ as his credential was something that could not be improved upon by any other accomplishment. For Paul and for us - Christ is enough.
Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?
We often assume that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between nutritious eating, exercise, and spiritual discipline.
God shows grace to all of his creatures every day.
Our frail earthly faith and our tender heavenly hope will meet their match in the Love that strengthens them, and we will enjoy this Love forever.
Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him.
For those of us who see this need, it is wise to pause and make sure we aren't doing the right thing in the wrong way.
There is more to Christ than what happened in a three year span, as critical as that is for man’s salvation.
Part two of a two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.
In Christ, we no longer need to perform image maintenance and reputational management.
Humility comes between Pride and Vanity and breaks the bond between the two.
Truths about God far transcend our fleeting emotions and distressing circumstances. So we choose to rehearse these truths when God seems far away, to praise Him even when we cannot feel Him.
Let faith and life be put together, and, like the two abutments of an arch, they will make our piety enduring.
A two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.
The Christian has the perfect words of God - they are scented with heaven, preserved for us, and even addressed to us. Sadly many of us have gotten over it.
Jesus’ clearing of the temple served the same function as the cursing of the fig tree: it exposed hypocrisy and condemned fruitlessness.
Let’s aim for a universal scoreboard. And give God glory that we get to play in the Games at all.
Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. The espionage is everywhere.
If you want to give really good, eternally significant gifts to your children, become poor in spirit, take up your cross, walk in freedom from sin, and be willing to do whatever Jesus asks of you in this life.
The glory of the Lord fills the earth like the water covers the sea, and I’m convinced that soon Arabs will confess with their mouths, believe in their hearts, and find salvation in our gracious King.
Suffering is a story we do not often like to tell. Jacob's life recalls the hope found in our wandering and reminds us again, "Blessed are the sojourns, for they are like their Savior."
For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.
Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.
The first step to our nation's renewal is going to be the repentance of every individual man, woman and child who names the name of Jesus.
Let’s put the age-old adages away and say instead: I’m not as good as I think I am, I’m often worse than I realize, but thank God Christ is better than I imagine.
“I heard your CD today,” she tells me. “You have a great voice. You could’ve been something!” I could’ve been something, yes, and by God’s grace I didn’t.
You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.
There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?
What we believe about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is important. Either the Bible is right or it is wrong; it is either an ordinary book or a divinely-inspired text.
When we come to pray, we can know we are not there alone.
Since that time until our very own, humanity has been living at the verge of the end of the world, but that is not a cause for despair or hand-wringing.
Life's distracting and relentless sounds become idols when they prevent us from truly hearing the beautiful and transforming truth of the gospel.