Resources on Christian Life

May 7, 2015

You'll Play How You Practice by Mike Leake

When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.

Sep 8, 2015

You Have Not Been Overlooked by Jeff Lawrence

In Acts, the disciples set the criteria for who would be chosen, and they land on two possible candidates: Joseph and Matthias. They cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias. This, of course, had to be a downer to Joseph.

Aug 29, 2016

You Could've Been Something by Andrea Burke

“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.

Feb 16, 2016

You Can't Relocate Away from Sin by Jared Bumpers

One of the most frustrating aspects of counseling students is the response of many parents. As I try to dig down to the heart issues, many parents want to rush to "relocate" their kids. The parents often think the solution is relocation: a new school, a "ranch" for extended counseling, or an extended trip to stay with family.

Oct 2, 2016

You Are Greatly Beloved by Charles Spurgeon

Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?

Aug 27, 2015

Words of Unnatural Comfort in the Midst of Unrelenting Conflict by Miles Morrison

So according to Jesus things are going to continue to get worse but that shouldn’t be cause for concern for us.

Apr 24, 2015

Will God Provide For Your Needs? by Garrett Kell

When we are tempted to doubt the Father's faithfulness, we have no further to look than His provision of Christ.

Nov 4, 2015

Wielding the Sword of God Without Being Trite by Sean Nolan

Effective ministry is not simply saying, “Take this Bible verse and call me in the morning."

Sep 1, 2016

Why Should We Work to Learn Contentment? by Casey Lewis

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.

Jun 18, 2015

Why Foolishness is Better Than Self-Esteem by David Prince

The question we must all answer is, are we willing to be thought a fool for the sake of Jesus?

Nov 8, 2015

Why Do We Not See Him? by Charles Spurgeon

To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.

Jul 20, 2015

Who Pours Into You? by Christine Hoover

I wonder if, in all our talk of discipleship and mentoring and "pouring into", we've created for ourselves a culture of entitlement.

Sep 15, 2015

Where Are All The Godly Men? by Jason K. Allen

It seems as though the designation “man of God” has gone the way of the bus ministry and the youth choir—a largely passé referent to a bygone era of church life.

May 29, 2015

When Your Heart Isn't In It by Joe Thorn

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.

Mar 27

When You Feel Forgotten, Abandoned, and Unloved by Jared C. Wilson

This does not make pain painless, of course, but it doesn’t make it purposeless either.

Apr 23, 2015

When You Didn't Bring the Bread by Mike Leake

In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.

May 6, 2015

When We Don't Respond Like Jesus by Jeremy Rose

Too many of us look for the out so we can step away from the need, rather than looking for any way in to show the tenderness of Jesus and the love of God.

May 11, 2015

When To Stop Chasing Your Dream by Michael Kelley

Coming face to face with the reality that maybe it’s actually not going to happen for you.

Apr 24, 2015

When the Truth of God Enters a Soul by Staff

"If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what Grace has done for them."

Apr 4, 2016

When There is No Good News by David McLemore

The person who is always partying knows not the reality of this broken world.

May 19, 2015

When Self-Awareness Matures Into Self-Forgetfulness by Michael Kelley

By God’s grace, hopefully we are moving in the direction where we know ourselves more and yet think of ourselves less.

Oct 16, 2016

When People Let You Down by Charles Spurgeon

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?

May 20, 2016

When Honor Becomes Toxic by Dave Harvey

We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?

Jul 6, 2015

When Gospel Motivation is Gone by Logan Gentry

While it would be nice for all of us to get a sabbatical to sort through everything, we all still have responsibilities, jobs, families, and friends that we can’t block out for an extended season until we are motivated by the gospel again. In these things, we must learn dependence in our weakness and watch the truth of scripture come to real life around us.

Mar 22

When God Gives You "X" But You Asked For "Y" by Sean Nolan

God exposed my misplaced allegiance by closing doors that, if opened, would’ve led down a path of continual self-destruction and false worship.

Sep 20, 2016

When God Feels Far Away by Kristen Wetherell

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.

Feb 21, 2016

When Faith Produces Fear by Charles Spurgeon

Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.

Mar 16, 2016

What Only God Can Do by David McLemore

The work of the Lord through his church has never looked like a well-oiled machine.

Jul 6, 2016

What Kind of Problem Is It? by Luke Holmes

We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems.  So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?

Oct 27, 2016

What Job's Friends Did Right by Zach Barnhart

Despite the harsh criticism often given of them, Job's friends show us how to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our listening.

Jul 15, 2015

What Is The Good Life? by Darrin Patrick

No so-called "expert," when surveyed, associated the good life with being poor, mournful, and meek. But if you asked Jesus that very same question, that’s where he’d start.

Dec 8, 2015

What God Celebrates In Us by Christine Hoover

God asks for our faithfulness, but we don't get to choose the shape our faithfulness takes. 

Jul 8, 2015

What Do You Need to Offload? by Staff

If you are a Christian, but bored, maybe you need to lose something

Feb 10, 2016

What Do You Do in Weakness? by David McLemore

What do you do when life feels like this? When weakness is the air you breathe?

Apr 24, 2015

What Do You Do?

Vocation as Mission

What we do helps define who we are. As Christians, we must view our vocations as opportunities for worship and witness in the world. We must “work heartily, as for the Lord.”

Jun 29, 2016

What Does It Mean to Give Grace to One Another? by Christine Hoover

Grace primarily means that we see one another as new creations in Christ, and we recognize the grace we received at salvation is continuing its work as a change agent in our lives.

Feb 11, 2016

We Were Made to Marvel by Erik Raymond

We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.

May 11, 2015

We Wait For Jesus; Jesus Waits For Us by Garrett Kell

After we take our places, we wait for the bride to make her entrance. As the congregation stands and the doors open, I look at the bride—but then I always take a peek at the groom.

Jan 27, 2016

Wealth and Our Daily Bread by Steve Patton

As we let the idea of the Lord's Prayer soak deeper into our hearts, we are confronted sometimes by our individualistic excess.

Dec 9, 2015

Was Jesus Anxious to Start His Ministry? by Phil Wade

Did our Lord chafe during these pre-ministry years? Did he long to get started preaching the kingdom?

Feb 22, 2016

Walking Among Giants by Chris Thomas

The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.

Nov 9, 2015

Unlocking the Cage Stage by Zach Barnhart

Ever since I got hyper on Piper towards the end of my high school years, I've found myself growing into a deeper understanding of the doctrines of grace, to the point that now most of my mornings and evenings are happily spent reading men like Charles Spurgeon (see what I did there?).

Mar 3, 2016

Unforced Delight by Jonathan Evans

No one obligates you to do what you delight in. You do it freely, without external compulsion or obligation. So it is to be with God’s people and God’s word.

Aug 25, 2013

Two Keys to Better Recreation by Joe Thorn

Today is my first day back from two weeks of vacation. The time off was great, and because the vacation was a real success I'm eager to get back to the regular life God has called me to. This is the real end (goal) of all our recreation: to fit us to do what God has called us to. Richard Baxter says it well:

No doubt but…

Sep 9, 2015

Trusting God Like Jesus Did by Joel Lindsey

Given the variety of difficult circumstances in our lives, recalling and trusting the promises of God can feel nearly impossible. Thankfully, our gracious God provides a model for trust through his gracious Son.

Sep 18, 2015

Trust God For How Long? by Daniel Ross

Unfortunately, we live in the very present world and waiting is hard. Joining David,
we cry out with the familiar refrain of ‘how long?’