Have you ever seen someone attempt something they aren't capable of accomplishing? On one hand, you feel there is a sense of nobility in the effort they put forward to carry out whatever task they've put their misdirected skill to accomplish. On the other hand it's uncomfortable and troubling to watch someone flounder, fail and become frustrated with themselves over the toil of their labor. They just aren't in the…
Maturity for Jonathan Edwards, and for us, is greater dependence upon the person and work of Christ. Grace takes a believer and gives them eyes to see themselves in light of who Christ is. And incremental holiness takes time.
This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.
Mom-judging is inevitable. It will always happen, even in the best of scenarios and the best of friends and the best of hearts. But it doesn’t mean we need to get stuck in a quagmire of doubt.
Most advice given about finding the “right person” to marry is about identifying a certain skill-set. Whether it’s a lasting legacy or a ticket to a comfortable lifestyle, the search becomes a matter of discovering what will be useful to achieve that goal. And this type of thinking is contrary to the gospel.
In evangelism, we’ll often talk about a variety of topics (suffering, faith, truth, etc.), but don’t forget that you are ultimately there to proclaim Christ. Always bring it back to Jesus. When I’m evangelizing, there are five truths I want to communicate about Jesus.
We cannot stop worshippers from worshipping. But we can redirect their gaze to the One who is truly worthy of worship.
I can overlook an essential element to the preaching process if I don’t intentionally pause and reflect upon the task at hand. These seven questions help me do just that.
"Sooner might fire be without heat, and a solid body be without weight, than a true faith of the gospel be without evangelical holiness."
We’ve struggled to find the right manner and method. It’s hard work and requires constant attention. But in our house, we’ve found that effective family devotions are made up of three basic rhythms…