The New Testament is saturated with the local church. Trying to understand these 27 books apart from the local church is like playing baseball without the bases. You may be able to recognize the sport, but the path to winning has been eliminated.
To think rightly about what we deserve, we must start with God. Our flesh wants to make everything about us, as if the world revolves around humans, but creation tells a different tale.
We must be mindful to walk in humility, being open to learning what God has taught others, knowing that we are not the only saints who have traversed the path we are on.
My desire for rest is not wrong, it’s just often misplaced.
Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case?
Let stories be as bold, brash, and audacious as they were meant to be.
It is life and death. The wind is howling, the waves are building, and life is coming at me with all its fury. What have I to cling to? Hold fast to the gospel. Cling to Christ.
What are you hiding?
"Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening."
Against this dark backdrop of depravity beams the love of Christ.
Seeking the blessing of the city means knees will bow.
Charles Spurgeon preached at least 14 sermons about the New Year in his 38 years at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Though many themes arise in his comments, belief is as pervasive as any.
How great the light that casts the shadow!
Let faith and patience have their perfect work.
To my grandpa, the gospel was the good news of rest.
Are you slavishly protecting your Christian freedom to do everything that pleases you?
Christians stand on this confession not because it is a sweet sentimentality at holiday time, but because we know that it is integral to Christ’s gospel.
We are in real danger of allowing the disappointments of life to discolor our understanding of God.
Let all heaven say "Amen" to the praises of our hearts, and let the multitude of thy children here on earth, for whom this feast is spread, laud and magnify and bless thy name.
Seasonal celebrations have become more about seeking peace, gaining a glimpse of beauty, upholding tradition, or experiencing some other common grace than celebrating God incarnate.
The God who finished creating the world for his people is the same God who finishes the work of redemption for them.
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.
Could you imagine how hopeless of a doctrine union with Christ would be if he remained in the tomb?
Why would Rembrandt place himself at the feet of Jesus as he is being hoisted up and crucified?
God cannot not be omnipresent. So for Jesus Christ to be God incarnate must not mean he was not also God omnipresent.
Even the best of friends and closest family need time to themselves, but not God.
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."
Our resurrection is coming! Every physical blessing in the heavenly places belongs to us. It is coming for us, but not yet.
Even amid the most heated and intense opposition, Jesus shows his heart of mercy and pleads for forgiveness.
It might be tempting to change the message because we often think we have to do something in return for what we are given, but not so with the gospel.
Jesus’ first arrival made way for his second. The incarnation and the second coming are wound together.
At this hour we rest . . .
Whether our physical Bible is coming apart or not, we should store up the word in our hearts.
For the humble spirit that knows where its help comes from, every day is a day of thanksgiving!
He entered human flesh to show us that he is better in every situation, at every turning point, in every crisis.
Though a relatively short work, Queen Katherine Parr's The Lamentation of a Sinner is a deeply personal and overwhelmingly theological confession of her unworthiness for the grace of God.
We are called to continue in the ways of God, to pursue godliness.
“I hope that everyone gets to rich and famous and have everything they ever wanted so they could see it isn’t the answer.”
The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing.
You cannot love Christ as an attachment to life, either in an intentional part-time way or a part-hearted way.
Since God became a man who lived in a particular time and place, we can be more confident that He cares about the particulars of our time.
We must wear this armor constantly. We should never take it off.
How God views me is not based on my performance but based on Christ’s perfect performance and sacrifice on my behalf.
When Jesus sets free, the liberty is perpetually entailed; no chains can bind again.
In the various expressions of contemporary evangelicalism it is often easy to forget that the phrase “born again” is a biblical phrase, employed a verb, not an adjective.
When faced with the impossible, trying, and hard situations of life we should be God-seekers.
We have here crowning mercies, suggesting special and crowning thanksgiving.
Suffering creates an avenue for ministry as it makes us able to extend the comfort we receive from the Lord to others.
God’s preeminent concern is the glory of His name, not the comfort of our lives.
Christians have the power to “do relationships” in an entirely unworldly way.