The good news in all this is that we are gloriously whole and are being made to feel that way also. But God is not content that we fill up on vainglory.
“Do you know why there are a thousand fresh self-help books every year? It’s because they don’t work.”
It is delightful to reflect how close is Christ's union with his people.
In his temptation, Jesus understood that not even a legitimate need should be met in illegitimate ways.
We may not understand what God is doing or even agree with it, but we know that while things are hopelessly beyond our control, they are not beyond His.
It has been revealed to God’s prophets already, they have written it for you, and that is enough.
The work-life God set forth is a life of purposeful work of imaging God in our shepherding of his creation.
My left knee sends out a regular signal in Morse code that death is creeping up on me.
The truth of God’s love is weaved through the Scriptures and culminated at the cross and it is unignorable.
God's people need lifting up.
If I want to soothe that deep, empty ache in my heart, am I ready to chase down the right things, even when it costs me dearly?
The amazing and good news about this upside-down kingdom of our God is that you can be the most effective, the most faithful, and leave the greatest legacy simply by being faithful in your quiet life.
A man with self-control is not governed by his emotions, but is governed by God and his gospel.
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
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 problem and the promise for those who fail morally is that Jesus will only deal with us on the playing field of reality.
Why do we seek contentment in things that will never satisfy, long to make much of ourselves, and compare our lives with others?
Fear not; the divine Spirit can give you, in your want, a greater plenty than the rich have in their abundance.
If you live in pursuit of the things of this world in an attempt to satisfy the longing of your soul, then you will die empty.
God shows his love for us not by affirming our brokenness, but by receiving us while still in such a state, and then slapping an expiration date on it.
If your trust is anchored in Jesus, you never need to fear his frown. God has no anger left for you.
Victory in Jesus is not equivalent to an exemption from trouble. Nor does it mean that you look like a champion in the eyes of the world.
This proves the futility of all opposition to Christ
The cross is an exposure of human evil and at the same time a revelation of the divine purpose to overcome human evil.
There are a myriad of things the Lord is calling us to do as a body and a myriad more he is calling you to do as an individual. And most of them are uncomfortable.
Living in a fallen world means living in perpetual winter, at least in the morning. With each frosty morning, we must grab our tools and get to work.
When people are lazy (or restless), they do have a sin problem, but the sin problem is just a symptom of the deeper worship problem.
Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss.
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.
Jesus did not come for those who presume they are innocent before God, but for sinners who know they are guilty.
Jacob failed his daughter, his wives, his sons, himself, and God; but God did not fail Jacob
So confident is the Son of God. So self-assured. So much so that He holds Himself out so us, day after day, with the same invitation: "Come and you'll see."
FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What should the average Christian's devotional time look like?"
As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people.
Trials can be surprising ministers, serving us by showing our insufficiency and escorting us to our all-sufficient God.
If you opt out of being vulnerable with your sin and prefer instead to convey a sense of perfection with your life, there’s likely a legalistic spirit that needs to be killed.
We should feel “at home” with people who share our faith but not our politics even more than we do with people who share our politics but not our faith.
There is no price we can pay to remove the stain of our sin and guilt. Favor with God is something that is only given.
Jesus doesn’t lord his inheritance over you. He serves you with it, giving you a portion along with him.
This is how the Christian life is designed to work . . .
Jesus Christ is the eternal Word that perfectly communicates and reveals God to His people.
The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out.
Our minds are complex, intricate, sometimes confusing, and always in need of guarding.
When we trust that God is in control, we are freed to take responsibility for our own actions.
We must be careful what we call beautiful. We must be careful not to attribute words to the Word that he never said.
Our anxiety is tempered by remembering that we have a Father who gives good gifts.
One fear we must put aside in our quest for greater gospel-centrality is that it will not preach week to week.
Let your academic study and writing become a spiritual discipline through which you are able to behold the wonders of our God.
This patience of the saints proves the power of divine grace.
One sin deserves God’s wrath for all eternity, but the shed blood of Christ, our Eternal Priest, removes the punishment for our sins forever.