Blog Entries on Christian Life

Dec 31, 2015

A Guide to Biblical New Year’s Resolutions by Kristen Wetherell

Confession: I used to roll my eyes at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions. After all, how many people actually keep them? I wondered.

May 1, 2015

A God-Pleasing Despair by Staff

Do not despair if you feel the flesh battling against the Spirit or if you cannot make it behave. For you to follow the guidance of the Spirit in all things without interference on the part of the flesh is impossible.

Apr 16, 2019

Aging and Finishing Well by David Alan Black

 I deeply believe that for those of us who are over 60, the most profound growth still lies ahead of us.

Aug 1, 2017

A Fruitful Life by Leslie Shuler

As John Piper says, “Don’t waste your life!” Oh my, what if I accidentally do?

Aug 20, 2019

A Father’s Love in a Pixar World by Chris Thomas

Two decades of pastoral ministry has taught me that a prevailing theme of Christian life is the faulty thinking that we relate to God as though he is a disappointed father.​

Nov 12, 2017

A Faith Untried is Little by Charles Spurgeon

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith.

Mar 17, 2016

Advice for Keyboard Crusaders by Chris Thomas

Yet both my personal experience and anecdotal observations, tell me that the vast majority of 'robust dialogue' or 'authentic conversation' is a poor front for what the Bible calls 'meddling in controversies'.

Oct 18, 2015

Adversity Can Drive Our Affections to Christ by Liz Wann

I didn't want to get married. But I knew I was turning away a gift from God . . .

Nov 19, 2015

A Distorted Vision of Self in the Face of Ahaz by Adam McClendon

As I piously read Ahaz’s failure, I began to ponder how we in the church, all too often, act similarly in resorting to the ways of the word while ignoring God’s promises.

Dec 11, 2015

A Discipleship Inventory by Samuel Stephens

Through Christ’s teachings on discipleship, I guide my counselees in taking a personal inventory of their current ways of thinking and living so they can discern where their thinking has gone wrong and how their heart has become hardened to biblical truth.

Dec 28, 2018

A Destructive Daily Problem by Rush Witt

Immeasurable hope and help await you as you learn to kill the diehard sins that plague you.

Aug 15, 2019

Activate Your Sanctified Imagination by David Prince

Rather than reciprocating proportionally based on what has been done, the way forward for disciples of Christ’s Kingdom is rooted in the grace of Kingdom​.

Aug 22, 2018

A Common But Misguided Perception by Jim Elliff

Upon receiving this gift of life, God indwells us by his Spirit, changing our behavior and outlook for the eternal future.

Aug 23, 2015

A Christian is a Person Who Can Never Be Conquered by Staff

The sun shall not shine, the wind shall not blow, to the church’s hurt.

Jul 4, 2017

A Checkpoint for Your Ambition by Michael Kelley

The Bible tells us over and over again that the way we treat others is a reflection of what’s going on inside us.

Sep 23, 2018

Accepted in the Beloved by Charles Spurgeon

Know by full assurance thy glorious standing.

Jul 24, 2019

A Call To Do Good by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We are not to do good to meet a goal, exercise a gift, or fulfill a calling. 

Dec 16, 2018

Abide with Me by Charles Spurgeon

From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, "Come, come unto me."

May 22, 2018

A Better Way to Boast by Nick Harsh

When you and I encounter trials, we need the ability to see what God is doing, to see that our trials are not wasted.

Dec 14, 2015

9 Ways To Become a Disciple-Making Disciple by Phil Bartuska

Here are 9 practical ways to help you and I become disciple-making disciples.

Apr 11, 2018

9 Spurgeon Quotes on Fear and Faith by Lianna Davis

A Christian’s confidence in fear is that God does exist as One who, of his own incomprehensible decision and grace, rewards those who seek him

Sep 24, 2019

8 Ways to Battle ‘Comfort Idolatry’ by Brett McCracken

One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort. 

Jan 12, 2017

8 Important Things About the Young Timothy by Adam McClendon

Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.

Apr 24, 2017

8 Departure Dangers from Gospel-Centrality by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .

Nov 24, 2016

7 Ways to Kill Thanksgiving in Your Heart by Jared C. Wilson

If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.

Nov 22, 2015

7 Reasons to Give Generously by Darin Smith

Money is part of our discipleship.  How baptized are our pocketbooks?

Jan 5, 2016

7 Principles of Sabbath Rest by Gavin Ortlund

Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.

Nov 28, 2017

6 Simple Steps to Revolutionize your Spiritual Life by Jason K. Allen

Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.

Jul 17, 2015

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Daily Devos by Chris Martin

Here are five easy ways that you can engage with the Bible in such a way that you may get a little more out of your daily devotions.

Oct 27, 2015

5 Things You Should Never Do On Facebook (As A Multilevel Marketing Business Owner) by Julie Masson

Since I love to help women business owners be effective on social media, I find that a lot of people that ask me for help are those that work from home as a “consultant” or “rep” for a Multi-Level Marking (MLM) company. Here is my short and condensed list of things that you definitely should NOT do if you want to go far with your business.

Oct 1, 2015

5 Steps of Repentance by Joel Lindsey

The importance of repentance is hard to overstate.

Jan 25, 2018

5 Implications for Relationships Defined by the Gospel by Michael Kelley

The gospel redefines everything. No part of our lives is untouched by God’s redemptive power, including our relationships.

Aug 29, 2015

5 Christian Lifehacks - Debunked by Adam McClendon

The desire for instant gratification has also crept into the church to combine with this self-gratifying approach to the spiritual life. As a result, we often want an instant spirituality that results in comfort.

Oct 26, 2016

5 Building Blocks of Forgiveness

A Reflection on Philemon 1:1-7

Unforgiveness is not an obedience issue—it's a belief issue.

Sep 17, 2018

5 Better Ways to "Argue" About Social Justice

. . . Or Anything Else Online

I'm not convinced this thing can be settled online at all. But it's effecting real life relationships and it's effecting local churches, so the least we can do is start thinking and rethinking in terms of our online discourse.

Mar 6, 2018

4 Things to Tell Yourself When Anxiety is Overwhelming by Michael Kelley

Our anxiety is tempered by remembering that we have a Father who gives good gifts.

Nov 17, 2017

4 Reasons Every Pastor Should Exercise by Chad Ashby

When I took my first pastorate, a frequent comment from my congregation was, “You're too skinny to be Southern Baptist. We'll do something about that!” I must admit, over the past five years, remaining healthy has been an uphill battle.

Nov 5, 2015

4 Magic Words For Your Next Argument by Erik Raymond

This step of humility has a very high success rate because it does one thing right away: it fires our prestigious lawyers.

Nov 14, 2015

4 Gospel-Shaped Praises of Thanks to God by Darin Smith

What should you put on that master list for life? Only one thing is necessary: to praise God for who He is and for what he has done for us in Christ.

Sep 28, 2018

4 Encouragements To Live A Vulnerable Life by Allyson Todd

Trust that God is at work in your heart, and vulnerability is good because He makes it good.

May 29, 2015

4 Disciplines of a Healthy Identity by Tish Hedger

"Pastor’s wife" became foundational to my identity instead of solely my calling. These impossible expectations personified into an inner coach who barked orders and criticized when demands where unmet. This inner voice was my constant companion choking out truth.

Oct 6, 2016

3 Ways to Welcome Others as Christ Has Welcomed You by Kristen Wetherell

Through Christ, God has called every Christian to welcome other believers, whether through the doors of the church, in the pew, or while “doing life” during the week.

Mar 31, 2016

3 Ways the Spirit Works in Us by Darrin Patrick

As we’re “walking” with the Spirit, here’s what He does for us . . .

Jan 13, 2016

3 Ways the Gospel Impacts Our Gratitude by Becky Wilson

The gospel re-establishes our identity so that we understand who we are in light of whose we are.

Sep 25, 2018

3 Ways the Gospel Changes the Way You Apologize by Michael Kelley

Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers.

Sep 25, 2017

3 Ways Self-Condemnation Steals Your Joy by Kaylee Freeman

Lay down the luggage of condemnation and kneel in worship at the feet of Him who bore your sins.

Jan 11, 2016

3 Warning Signs You're Drifting from Faith Into Superstition by Michael Kelley

We are more superstitious than we’d like to admit if we find that God just can’t seem to live up to our expectations.