When the darkness is heaviest, it is hard to go to the Word. But I believe that those are the times where the Word is the most necessary.
Does your "devo life" need a spiritual steroid shot? Consider this approach to Bible reading.
"There are three ways whereby the glory of Christ is represented unto us in the Scripture."
I’m awestruck by a metaphor used by 17th-century pastor and poet George Herbert to describe prayer: “reversed thunder.”
In the middle of winter, Boston was low on fuel and a man came to the governor complaining that a "needy person" was stealing from his woodpile . . .
When you are stuck, deep, despondent, or in despair, think back to what God has delivered you from in difficult times past.
When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.
In pastoral ministry and in our Christian walk in general, we can easily ignore or lose sight of the reality of Spiritual warfare because it is an invisible battle. Paul’s plea to the church at Ephesus and to us today is, “Don’t become so sophisticated that you think people are your enemy or that you can become sanctified by sheer will-power.”
About a year or so into being a Christian, I did something absolutely, spectacularly dumb: I joined the men's ministry leadership team at our church. Seriously, on a scale of dumb to really dumb, this was just the worst.
When we worship in song, we are recognizing what is already true about God. We are saying: Look at our God, behold our Savior - He is worthy of our praise! We don’t make God glorious with our praise; rather, we praise Him because He is glorious.