When we continue to uphold the gospel and what Christ has done, then they will see the purpose of discipleship.
If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?
We mourn the passing of loved ones and friends, but if they are in Christ we don’t mourn like the world.
Just by being there you increase your chances of making an impact and you give yourself the chance to use your gifts.
Precisely because saying "sorry" is a counter to the sin of pride, we need to be able to do it when necessary.
The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.
How amazing it is that Jesus takes the cup of wrath once and for all!
When we go to ourselves for our confidence or encouragement we will end up finding more doubt.
The disconnect happens when we forget who we are in Christ and choose to live in our old ways of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-rule.
There is more to it than just the pattern, but the pattern sets us up and supports the truth.
The Scriptures are filled to overflowing with the mind-boggling truth that God is here with us. His hand never leaves our life.
When the over-emphasis of numbers starts to creep in I have to run to the Word of God.
When we overthink our faith we tend to have some really bad thoughts and go places God never said to go with those thoughts.
Both beats in our ears make promises, promises of fulfillment and of satisfaction. But only one has the power to keep and deliver on its promises.
We are living in a society that is becoming more isolated from each other.
Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.
We long for the whitewashed memories to be a present reality.
I know way too much of the ways of this dark world and the ways of depraved humanity to be innocent of evil.
The irony of growing on our faith is that we have to be childlike to mature.
God calls us to die to self. Often that means we will be doing things that don't feel great.
This is joy uplifts all that I do so that I can now find joy in the most mundane task or everyday circumstance.
We should all seek to know the story of the Bible, not as simple facts, but as a vivid living story that we find our place within.
From one point of view, the natural result of being a new creation, regenerated by the Spirit, is that we have the fruit of that new life being produced in our lives.
The gospel is greater than our inability. Grace covers our shortcomings. Jesus achieved for the underachievers.
We walk around incomplete or empty, longing to once again be complete in God.
When faced with the impossible, trying, and hard situations of life we should be God-seekers.
The culture wants us to separate reason and faith. But the bible wants us to engage the mind that God gave us.
Don’t set yourself up to play with something that will grow to something that can kill and maim you.
We should be so dependent on God that our first ingrained action should be to pray to Him when times get tough or even when we start a new day.
God is the only one that can truly give us comfort and this is a comfort that doesn’t just look to the past and the good ol’ days. It is a comfort that holds the future in its hands.
A checklist without a heart change is giving a corpse a facelift.
Just stop for a moment and ponder this truth: we get to wiggle our way into the eternal embrace of the Father and the Son.
When we trust that God is in control, we are freed to take responsibility for our own actions.
We are called to continue in the ways of God, to pursue godliness.
He is working all things for our good while we are being conformed to the image of his Son.
We need to pay much closer attention to what we know to be true so we can live accordingly and not be in a complacent drift.