Resources by David McLemore

David McLemore is part of the church planting team at Refuge Church in Franklin, Tennessee. He is married to Sarah, and they have three sons.

Jun 9, 2017

Yawning at the Glory of God by David McLemore

 If I fail to behold the glory of the dawn, how much more have do I fail to behold the glory of the Son?

May 16

Will We Go When Wisdom Calls? by David McLemore

The wisdom of God is more than just right thinking; it’s the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.

May 29, 2015

Why Your Church Should Pray For Revival by David McLemore

We need a category for revival in all of our churches. Without it, we may miss out on the great blessing that God offers. Without it, we may spend our lives toiling for the wrong things, and we may shortchange the future generations.

Jan 24

Why We Suffer by David McLemore

In the Christian gospel, we have not only a God who answers our questions, but also a God who enters our pain. The fact that Jesus entered our world to live as a man of sorrows proves he’s trustworthy.​

Nov 13, 2018

Why Does Church Membership Matter? by David McLemore

We can have meaningful church membership because what Jesus died for, he will also give life to. Jesus died for the church. He will give life to it.

Jun 5, 2018

When Your Son Needs Fatherly Approval by David McLemore

Approval flows from heaven and floods this earth in Christ. Let’s advance the tide in our day.

Dec 20, 2018

When Your Sin Finds You Out by David McLemore

When we refuse to listen to all of God’s word and substitute other, more palatable messages in its place, we set ourselves on a path to sin big-time.

Feb 23, 2017

When We Open the Bible by David McLemore

To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.

Sep 27, 2018

When the Spirit Comes Down by David McLemore

When God gets involved, it doesn’t mean everything will be safe. It just means everything will matter.

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.

Mar 14

When the Authoritative Jesus Shows Up by David McLemore

Jesus has the authority to fix everything in the deepest part of your being and no one can stop him.

Jul 31, 2018

When I'm Not Productive, I'm Loved Anyway by David McLemore

When we don’t feel productive, the work we should look to and be comforted by is the work done by Jesus.

Jul 19

When God Swallows Your Sin by David McLemore

Jesus went willingly into the weakness of flesh, to make himself like us so he could save us.

Aug 14

When God Calls by David McLemore

The abundance of God comes in part in this life, but in fullness only later. 

Oct 3

When Failure Leads to Worship by David McLemore

Yes, we fail, but God is good and worthy to be worshiped. He accepts us by the blood of Christ. We can draw near to him right now.

Aug 14, 2018

When Christ's Call is Urgent by David McLemore

The best news of all is that Christ fighting for us. In fact, he already fought for us. And he won.

Dec 5, 2017

What Should We Believe? by David McLemore

It’s not that God doesn’t want good things for us; he certainly does. But what God defines as good is himself. Everything else just gets in the way.

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.

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?

Jul 19, 2018

What Can the Kindness of Jesus Do? by David McLemore

What if we all opened our heart to the kindness of Jesus Christ? Maybe he could transform your city into a modern-day Geneva.

Oct 25

We Need Theological Triage by David McLemore

He took on skin to veil his radiance and live the life we should have lived to die the death we don’t want to die and save us from our sins. 

Dec 5, 2018

We Need Someone to Help Us by David McLemore

He entered human flesh to show us that he is better in every situation, at every turning point, in every crisis.

Aug 29, 2017

True Freedom by David McLemore

We need the Holy Spirit to awaken us to God and to real freedom—the freedom found in God himself.

May 17, 2018

The Seeds of the Worst Deeds Are In Your Heart by David McLemore

David’s sin didn’t start with Bathsheba in his bed; it started with Bathsheba in his mind. 

Oct 11, 2018

The One Who Upholds All Things by David McLemore

Christ upholds all things such that not one molecule fails to do it’s appointed task. Not one ant goes off course. Not one leaf withers and falls out of place. He upholds all things well.

Apr 18

The Kingdom of God is Radically New by David McLemore

Jesus is not the poster boy for old-time religion. He’s not the Bible Belt co-pilot. He’s not the post-modern homeboy. Jesus is the covenant-making God filling up the old in himself and pouring out the newness we long for.

May 2

The Kingdom of God is for You by David McLemore

Here’s Christ’s kingdom offer: all our striving and trying for all his finished and accomplished.

Apr 2

The Kingdom of God is for Sinners by David McLemore

Are you sick enough for the Good Doctor, Jesus? If so, rejoice! The kingdom of God is at hand, and it’s coming for you!

Mar 13, 2018

The Heir of All Things by David McLemore

Jesus doesn’t lord his inheritance over you. He serves you with it, giving you a portion along with him.

Aug 3, 2017

The Gospel is the Entire Meal by David McLemore

What God has filled up in the gospel, let no man empty with the law.

Apr 25, 2016

The Father Himself Loves You by David McLemore

Believe this and you will have the key to what upholds the universe.

Feb 28

The Father Himself Loves You by David McLemore

At the end of it all, he makes his final offer: all of your sin and unloveliness for all my kingdom of righteousness and unending, unyielding, unashamed, outrageously faithful love. Does that sound good?

May 25, 2017

The Benefits of Our Justification by David McLemore

Four things we enjoy as receipients of God's grace to us through Christ.

Sep 21, 2016

The Antidote to Pride and Vanity by David McLemore

Humility comes between Pride and Vanity and breaks the bond between the two. 

May 9, 2017

Stirring One Another Up by David McLemore

We need strong words from one another because the glory of Jesus is too wonderful to miss out on.

Mar 31, 2017

Sharing the Gospel at Work by David McLemore

You are not at your workplace by accident but by divine providence. 

Aug 28, 2018

Saying Yes to Christ is Saying Yes to Joy by David McLemore

He came to serve, but he is not a butler; He’s the Lord God Almighty who is in the heavens and does whatever he pleases.

May 3, 2018

Saved by Grace Through Faith by David McLemore

Your sin can’t kick you out of God’s love because your righteousness never put you in it.

Oct 29

On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Book Review by David McLemore

Series: Book Reviews

We’re all looking for a place where the Father comes running, wraps his arms around us with a tearful smile, and throws a party. We’re all looking for home.

Sep 13, 2018

On the Road to Emmaus

A Fictional First-Person Retelling

A fictitious first-person narrative imagining what it was like for the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Feb 20, 2018

Looking Comes First by David McLemore

Whatever else we do as Christian leaders must stem from seeing Jesus first.

Feb 6, 2018

Jesus is Never Late by David McLemore

If Christ hasn’t experienced the bitter taste of sin, how does he know the sweetness he must apply?

Nov 9, 2017

I Want My Kids to Be Good by David McLemore

I can’t reroute my kids' sins to me. I can’t undo the pain they’ve already felt. I can’t remove the stain with which they were born. But Jesus can.

Jul 3, 2018

How to Make the Most of Your Daily Bible Reading by David McLemore

For many, “joy” and “reading plan” don’t jive. How many of us have set out January 1 with Genesis 1 only to fail somewhere around Leviticus 10?

Jun 20

How to Greet Visitors to Your Church on Sunday by David McLemore

What we say to new people (and how we say it) will either give credence to our message about Jesus or take it away.

Jan 10

How to Forge a Friendship by David McLemore

Real friends are candid and give counsel, but their love keeps it from being reckless. Real friends are careful with one another. They don’t want to push you away; they want to bring you nearer to themselves and to Jesus.

Jun 21, 2017

How to Encourage Your Pastor by David McLemore

Trust that your pastor is following Jesus closely enough that you can trust him. 

Jun 19, 2018

How Far Does God's Grace Go? by David McLemore

Is there a certain test - designed by you, administered by you, and graded by you - that one must pass to be included in God’s kingdom?