Isaiah and the book of Revelation help us to connect the exile and restoration of Jerusalem with the brokenness and restoration of the world.
I very often treat the gospel like something I've moved on from, but every time I bring it back to mind, it transports me to a more beautiful, more powerful, more helpful place than any of these newfangled messages I flirt with every day ever could.
Side with the afflicted people of God, and not with the world.
A robust understanding of the sinfulness of the human heart leads to a right understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A large-hearted Christian has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within.
When distress comes, do not succumb to the pride-filled response of the world.
How do you know if repentance is real?
It matters that we get the Trinity correct because it pertains to the God we love and worship, and we want to worship Him rightly.
A believer has two principles at work within him.
We should never think that just because God has blessed us, we are free to allow our heart to be turned from God.
If God’s wrath has not fallen on Jesus at Calvary, then his justice is not satisfied.
For Liberty, each Freeman Strives
As it's a Gift of God
And for it willing yield their Lives
And Seal it with their Blood
The move is subtle. The switch from ordinary human achievement to blasphemy requires no explanation. It just flatout happens.
We must have answers to prayer.
Their works cannot take them out of God's favor because their works didn't put them into God's favor.
While distracted driving is bad, distracted living can be great. In fact, it can be liberating.
God allows us to continue to struggle with our sins so that we are complete not in ourselves, but in Christ.
Faith that always looks at self and surroundings, rather than Jesus, has no power over the tsunamis of your life.
Unless we have a vision of God’s holiness, we’ll be great at pronouncing woes against sinners, but woefully inadequate at proclaiming God’s grace.
Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person.
God has given us all we need to know about Him in His Word, and He has much grace and patience for those who seek to know Him.
If thou art still crying after and craving after something better, Christ has not forgotten thee, for thou hast not quite forgotten him.
Tribulation is real—we should not be surprised by it—but it is not our defining reality. We have a living hope, an imperishable inheritance, and a secure salvation.
To my daughters: I pray that you will be a light for Jesus, that you will live for him, and tell others about him.
God is committed not to our behavior but our hearts; not just in what we do but to what we are becoming.
The tendency we have to rely on ourselves for our own justification is gospel-muting. It’s Jesus-eclipsing. It’s legalism.
The Lord grant the sweet showers of his grace to water his garden this day.
Remembering that the faithful Savior’s blood covers sin and is the means of sanctification helps guard us against self-condemnation.
When the reality that your true address is on high in heaven with Christ, then you will think, live and talk as such here on earth.
For the Christian, Christ’s honor and name are at stake with each and every word that piles out of our mouth.
Until the heart is transformed, we are no more than broken people breaking people—the wounded inflicting more wounds on the already wounded.
Jesus is saying that on judgment day, your words will be like a traceable cookie crumb trail leading to an unarguable conclusion - you’re either dead in sin or alive in Christ.
God has entrusted each of us with an almost immeasurable quantity of words, a gargantuan gift to be stewarded and wielded for His glory.
“Come, get under my shade,” the bramble calls. “I will take care of you.”
Sin hath no more dominion over us.
His wrath leads us to far greater comprehension of the mercy and love shown to us in His Son.
If I fail to behold the glory of the dawn, how much more have do I fail to behold the glory of the Son?
Job's story is one of trusting God’s heart, even when he could not trace God’s hand.
I'm afraid if I go further down the path, the next spot won't be as comfortable.
I have a moment-by-moment choice to press on through the trenches or give way to the crushing burden of my circumstances.
The Word tells us to be sober - to have a clear mind going in - so that when the taunting from the enemy comes, we will be ready.
How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with his own beloved people!
To embrace solitude and quietness is to reflect on an image of our own self.
Often adversity is a tool of the Lord to remove the things that impede our contentment.
Living a Christian life means putting to death the right to live life on your own terms.
God doesn’t just want begrudging obedience. He desires us to have hearts which reflect His.
What do you think of when you hear the word "discipleship?"
In the greatest act of love, Jesus Christ, the eternal, pre-existing Prince of heaven, left His throne and came to earth to redeem His people from their sin so that they may live eternally with Him.
Thus memory may be, as Coleridge calls it, "the bosom-spring of joy."
The barren land of human brokenness, which has only ever yielded enough fruit for us to fight over, has been trumped completely by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the True Vine.