We don’t always see what the Vinedresser is doing beneath the surface, but we can rest assured that it’s always for our growth.
A classical Christian understanding of God’s immutability would maintain that God cannot – and need not! – change even by a divine decision to alter himself.
There is only one who instructs the rain to fall on Holland. There is only one who know the number of Netherland hairs. There is only one who administers days to Amsterdam. There is only one who is truly sovereign.
At the height of my foray into theological worlds unknown, I met a traveler. Her name was Mrs. Billie Jo.
This may come as news to you, and if so, I am sorry that it has taken this long for someone to tell you, but you are not the center of the universe.
Our God is a treasure to be enjoyed, worshiped, and obeyed.
Philosophy can show us the extent to which Scripture answers life’s ultimate questions.
You get the story wrong if you don’t see Jesus as the center and the goal. But when you get it right, you understand, as Stephen did, that suffering makes sense.
Both beats in our ears make promises, promises of fulfillment and of satisfaction. But only one has the power to keep and deliver on its promises.
My current struggles weigh as much as a feather while the weight of God’s glory is incalculable.
Seven theological and practical reminders to help you sleep like someone whose God is actually alive.
The Bible teaches three facts of life: God is good. God is all-powerful. Terrible things happen.
The ministry of reconciliation continually provides a clear, unobstructed avenue to grace to all of those who need to hear the gospel, which includes all of us!
Ashamed friend: look to the shamed one on the cross and know his shame was for you. His shame was so that you might not be ashamed, that his welcome would overcome the world’s rejection.
The more we orient our lives around Him, the more His Spirit shapes and even transforms our plans.
We should be so dependent on God that our first ingrained action should be to pray to Him when times get tough or even when we start a new day.
Eventually, if we actually believe what we believe, obedience will be the tell-tale sign that follows us.
Pride can only bring bondage and discontentment because you do not have the power to compel the world to affirm you on your terms.
This is where I am - covered by water and desperate for God’s help every moment to truly believe this flood is a gift.
We walk around incomplete or empty, longing to once again be complete in God.
Aren’t we left here in this in-between time to point others to the Lamb of God?
Wear your shield, Christian, and cry mightily unto God, that by his Spirit you may endure to the end.
We couldn’t reach up on the top shelf to get God, so God places himself on the bottom shelf—right within our reach—in the person of Jesus Christ, the carpenter from Nazareth.
My problem? I tend to think God forgives like I do.
Faith is not about impersonal plans, unfolding programs, or divine principles. Faith is heartfelt trust in the person of Christ.
We are not to expect that God will give us everything we choose to ask for. We know that we sometimes ask, and do not receive, because we ask amiss.
Apart from a broken spirit that sees how much we need Christ first and foremost, these betterments are futile.
The best this world offers is incomplete.
Nothing can provide a better picture of the relationship between believers to Christ than marriage. It explains why loving submission and sacrificial authority is so important.
The wisdom of God is more than just right thinking; it’s the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.
Jesus is commanding a life of faithfulness, of loyalty, and yes, in many cases, sacrifice. But He is not unaware of what He’s asking. He understands.
Our goals as Christian women should and will look different the more we behold Christ and, in desperation, throw everything aside and root ourselves in him. Only then can we be immovable, unshakable, laughing at the days to come.
How blessed to feel assured that the Lord is with us in all our ways, and condescends to go down into our humiliations and banishments with us!
The truth that sets us free, like the truth that set free the original audience of Genesis, is that the God of the universe created us.
God knows our idols will ultimately disappoint us and leave us empty, so He gets us alone into the wilderness to win our affections back.
The love of the cross rescues us from an idolatrous love of self. This gospel rescue doesn’t destroy personal confidence; it is the only true ground of it.
Dear friends, can you, by faith, see yourselves in that number?
Knowing the trajectory of the things of this world and their declared and promised end should drive us to place our hope and trust in God and not the world.
Here’s Christ’s kingdom offer: all our striving and trying for all his finished and accomplished.
We often neglect or ignore that Paul learned contentment both in times of frustration and in times of favor.
If you have lost the sweet sense of the Saviour's presence, and are seeking him with a sorrowful heart, remember the promises.
Much of the Christian life does not involve suffering, but is one of mundane, normal days under the good gifts from the Father of the heavenly lights. These days are crucial in our sanctification.
We have the one message of hope our crumbling culture and our challenging congregations need. Now our calling is to follow through.
Who is God? What is he like? How do we come to know him? To whom are we speaking when we go to God in prayer?
God is never surprised by our sin.
We must trust that these in-between days where we can’t see God at work are not signs that he’s turned his back on us.
Mankind has exchanged the truth of God for a lie and seems happy about it.
Jesus has a word for you today about tomorrow.
Our restoration begins with a change in what we’re searching for.
Christ at the right hand of God hath all power in heaven and in earth.