My 20-year-old self bought the lie that flash, position, popularity, power, and success was the way to live ministry life. It is far better to strive for faithfulness to Jesus.
FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, author and pastor's wife, "What encouragement do you have for the believer who feels like they're at the end of their rope?"
If I don’t believe the gospel, I will miss out on the joy of the it-ness of things.
If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire.
Yet we can take heart in the midst of it all because Christ has overcome the world.
A reading of the early chapters of Deuteronomy shows us that Moses' commandment to know that the Lord is God is not made in vain.
Christ upholds all things such that not one molecule fails to do it’s appointed task. Not one ant goes off course. Not one leaf withers and falls out of place. He upholds all things well.
George Cheever was right: God is against slavery and racism, as well as oppression and injustice of every kind, in every age.
God is too great and good and glorious to forego the right, fitting, and delightful adoration that is due him from his creatures.
Our song is truer and better.
To trust him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!
Your ministry is not about endless growth and it certainly isn’t about your fame; it’s about the difficult task of loving and caring for the sheep Jesus has sought and purchased.
We mourn the passing of loved ones and friends, but if they are in Christ we don’t mourn like the world.
Death says you are less important than you’ve ever allowed yourself to believe. The gospel says you are far more loved than you’ve ever imagined.
God is in the business of opposing and exalting, of bringing down and lifting up.
How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?
Better anything than death. The snarlings of the dog of hell will at least keep us awake, but dead faith and dead profession, what greater curses can a man have?
Trust that God is at work in your heart, and vulnerability is good because He makes it good.
True purpose is found in communion with our Father who invites us to draw near to his throne of grace with confidence because of Christ’s righteousness.
When God gets involved, it doesn’t mean everything will be safe. It just means everything will matter.
Frith's call for Christian love doesn’t mean that he saw doctrinal debates about the Lord’s Supper as unimportant.
When we suffer, we tend to ask lots of "why" questions. Here's the one thing we can know in our hurts.
This tension that we must keep in balance with God-given wisdom is really a call to be like Christ.
Know by full assurance thy glorious standing.
What if instead of making services about the altar, the priority of the gospel invitation was attached to the exhortation from Scripture?
How good it is, however, that God has pointed out what we couldn't see and has made a way for our return to him.
This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us. And, by God's grace, we will accomplish this task by his word and power.
The proof of God’s delight in saving sinners is the investment of His Son on the cross for our redemption even when we had nothing to offer Him.
Oh! marvellous mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it?
Justification is not only the non-imputation of sin but the imputation of righteousness.
As I think of Josiah, I am challenged by his humility and sensitivity to God’s Word.
A fictitious first-person narrative imagining what it was like for the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
I know way too much of the ways of this dark world and the ways of depraved humanity to be innocent of evil.
I know that he sees my every failure. He knows my every sin against him. Yet, he stands in my defense.
Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy.
If we experience giving and generosity as fundamentally an obligation and a duty, we will never unlock the joy that God has for us in it.
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s the most difficult thing in your life that has taught you the most?"
Greedy, lustful, predatory businessmen gain our support because "that's just the way the world works." "You've got to pick your poison." "The world isn't black and white." "What other choice do we have than picking the lesser of two evils?" Well, for starters, there is the way of Jesus.
Why, dear reader, if such be your case, do you crave for signs and wonders?
It is a holy endeavor to stop and smell the roses so long as the rose is not the ultimate object from whom we seek rest.
While we can’t drum up genuine zeal by our own power, God has given us his word to know him and prayer to commune with him.
What if one of my primary concerns in every situation was my holiness instead of my comfort?
Surely this is one of the most loving warnings Christ gave - to warn us of the way of destruction.
He came to serve, but he is not a butler; He’s the Lord God Almighty who is in the heavens and does whatever he pleases.
God isn't calling gay people to be straight.
When the church pursues the Lord’s Supper with discipline and forms good habits around the table, the congregation is equipped to embrace unity wholeheartedly.
More especially it is the pleasure of God's people to contemplate the graciousness of this covenant.
When we experience even a fraction of the weight of who God is, the only response is utter surrender.
Not only was Jesus qualified to take the mantle of our suffering, he was willing. This drips with love from another land.
Bunhill Fields has never attracted the crowds of St. Paul’s, but the kingdom influence of those buried in that field lives far beyond the crowds through the churches that carry forth the same Gospel they preached and shared.