The glory of the Lord fills the earth like the water covers the sea, and I’m convinced that soon Arabs will confess with their mouths, believe in their hearts, and find salvation in our gracious King.
Suffering is a story we do not often like to tell. Jacob's life recalls the hope found in our wandering and reminds us again, "Blessed are the sojourns, for they are like their Savior."
For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.
Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.
The first step to our nation's renewal is going to be the repentance of every individual man, woman and child who names the name of Jesus.
Let’s put the age-old adages away and say instead: I’m not as good as I think I am, I’m often worse than I realize, but thank God Christ is better than I imagine.
“I heard your CD today,” she tells me. “You have a great voice. You could’ve been something!” I could’ve been something, yes, and by God’s grace I didn’t.
You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.
There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?
What we believe about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is important. Either the Bible is right or it is wrong; it is either an ordinary book or a divinely-inspired text.
When we come to pray, we can know we are not there alone.
Since that time until our very own, humanity has been living at the verge of the end of the world, but that is not a cause for despair or hand-wringing.
Life's distracting and relentless sounds become idols when they prevent us from truly hearing the beautiful and transforming truth of the gospel.
How can you tell how much a pastor loves Christ and his people? It is by his preaching. Doctrinal preaching feeds and protects the sheep.
Dear Wormwood: two years ago, your subject crossed the point of no return, embracing the Enemy’s Son. Luckily for us, he embraced as “gospel truth” some of the splendidly simple, yet profoundly effective lies that you whispered in his ear..."
No amount of building that I do in my blanket-fort kingdom will last.
When we go through something difficult, that is typically when we begin to question whether God is actually good, whether he's actually remembered us, whether he even cares, if we're even saved!
In order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.
Our one, true King forever stands at the intersection of pure mercy and perfect justice.
No matter the source of your grief—be it silent, relational, or communal—you must know today that God is not deaf to your pain. You soul's ache is not foreign to him.
There’s a greater and more decisive power at work in this world and it’s not the American government, the EU, the Global peace initiative or the Islamic State.
Maybe He leaves us in these nasty bodies so we will long to be made clean. I do not know, but I do know that God promises to sanctify us.
There is one great sign that you are loved more than you thought.
The child is cheered as he sings, "This my father knows;" and shall not we be comforted as we discern that our dear Friend and tender soul-husband knows all about us?
More often than not, the burden of comparison leaves us shattered beneath its weight. In Christ, we have the opportunitiy to exchange false remedies for the healing balm of the gospel.
Every Christian in every place could likely use a reminder that life is not about us, and thus we should not structure our lives as if it is.
For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.
How can we work toward our leaders’ joy and not their anxiety? It’s no advantage to us to be a nagging pain to our pastors.
Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being.
It's good to bask in the light of grace. Soak it up. Revel in it. But don't recoil from the commandments of God—they are meant to show us his faithfulness, and steadfast love.
Culture is relentless in leading us to believe that all of life exists with ourselves at the center. When it comes to worshiping God, preference gives way to His worth and we are to strive for unity within the Body.
As I sit here quietly while my little boy naps, I remember that day one month ago so vividly. On that day I realized that I was miscarrying our second child. It was the child who we had been dreaming of and planning for after receiving news that I was expecting. This was the child who we could not wait to meet. This was the child to whom our little…
May we have those childlike reflexes that so characterize the children of God. Let us pray, wait, and watch.
Recovering from feminism and embracing God’s idea of womanhood is far more than a throwback to a 1950s television show. True freedom is knowing that God had a good design when he created us male and female.
By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.
We can freely come again and again to a Father who delights in being the best kind of giver.
Here’s the rub: We don’t always want to love Jesus. Living in light of truth is hard and living comfortable lives according to our flesh is easy. It’s hard to put Christ first when He calls us to love Him more than anyone or anything. And yet He promises the most joy when we seek Him alone as our greatest treasure.
One of the most formidable things that shaped who I am today is my sister, Amanda. She is now 21 years old, reads more books than I do, just graduated high-school, and has Down's Syndrome. And she is a means by which God has taught us to love him more.
But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands.
True believers are held "in Christ," not by an armed guard. No, you are kept secure in Christ by the greatest power ever known - God Himself. And there has never been anyone able to snatch a person out of His hands.
I remember one time after church I came home all bent out of shape over how lonely I was. No one ever invited me to anything. I just really wanted adult interaction. My sweet husband just looked at me patiently and said, “Well, why don’t you invite some girls over?”
Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying.
Until the New Heavens and the New Earth, wear your mourning like a badge of love from your Savior.
It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.
In our over exagerrated world, the good news tends to not be that amazing. We autocorrect this by letting a couple of pounds of air out of the tires of the gospel. Though we are prone to diminishing the spectacular, the fact remains, God shows grace to unworthy people.
Few things are as isolating as pain. When we suffer, we feel like no one can really understand what we are experiencing. Yet, no matter how alone we feel, we are never ultimately alone. Our heavenly Father is there.
To expect another fallen human to “make us whole” is to commit an idolatrous act, placing a created being before the Creator. Only Jesus Christ can offer us genuine wholeness.
The gospel tells us that, yes, we are saved, but the Holy Spirit is continually teaching us and forming us to be more like Jesus, who is the Greatest Teacher.
I’m convinced of this glorious and liberating truth about the gospel: In our victory, we can embrace insufficiency.
Monday. What to do with these Mondays of ours?