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.
Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer!
When you’ve wrestled with God and prevailed with a blessing, it has a way of breaking the spell of insecurity and fear.
We might intellectually know our union with God will never falter, but our communion with him sometimes can feel far and sporadic.
Though we don’t deserve to be heard, God chooses to hear and acknowledge repentant sinners who struggle with unfaithfulness and wander from him.
We weren’t designed to be double-minded. We weren’t made to playact, to posture. So it’s impossible to keep The Persona from taking over.
Anguish and confidence met to form sonorous, singing agreement: our God in heaven is sovereign.
Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.
How is the gospel connected to the daily effort in the spiritual disciplines?
The uniquely begotten Son of God stepped out of the glory of heaven to bring the glory of the Father to us. Does his birth not demonstrate his love for us?
Jesus never turned away a person who came to him broken, hurting, and deemed “useless” by society and religious people.
The Lord does withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.
Your failure does not define you, nor do the echoes of your sin. Jesus speaks a better story, and the grave does not have the final word.
We grieve at bedsides and empty beds, asking hard questions that might go unanswered for our lifetimes.
Happy are those to whom our Lord manifests himself, for his promise to such is that he will make his abode with them.
Sometimes sanctification can feel frustrating, unfair, or useless. But God knows how to care for His children and to bring them to see Him as our superior satisfaction.
The Bible says at least as much -- if not more -- about speaking the truth in love, not tearing down, and letting our speech be gracious as it does "letting people have it."
Come, my soul, exult before the God of grace and leap for joy of heart.
By and large, you’d be hard-pressed to find a missionary who used his last words to show regret.
The Reformation was costly for many. For John Frith, a committment to one Reformation doctrine cost him everything.