Mark this down: the Lord hears and answers the cries of desperate people.
To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.
When your children grow up, and they are asked, “Tell me about your dad” or “Tell me about your mom” - what do you think they will say?
The gift hidden within difficult seasons is that we may see more clearly and understand more deeply our desperate need of His keeping.
I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself.
Revival wasn't shouting and screaming; it was the beat of love within me for others.
Jesus is not far-off, peering through a telescope. He is among the churches. And He is with us now.
God was mercifully insensitive to our feelings and desires at the cross.
The incarnation glorifies the extent to which God would go to seek out those who were running from him.
If we are to follow Jesus, then we must have a growing understanding that the Christian does not operate in the realm of desperation.
The Holy Ghost is no temporary gift, he abides with the saints.
"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."
The danger of focusing on things over people is that we might actually get what we want.
Didst thou ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy?
You don’t get to decide to lay down your life one day and then not think about it again
We've heard it said, "God will not give you more than you can handle." Truthfully, God can and does give us more than we can handle - all because it leads us back to Him.
Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?
The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth.
When we ponder the right things, we proceed in the right direction.
There is much wisdom when you have a love for people wherever you find them, urban or rural.
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.