The empty tomb is not only for faith for eternal life, though. The empty tomb is also for the work and business of this life.
Paul had the cross for his philosophy, the cross for his tradition, the cross for his gospel, the cross for his glory, and nothing else.
It was early in my junior year at Virginia Tech—and I felt like everywhere I turned, God was following me around . . .
Power that comes through position is incompatible with God's agenda on earth.
The person who is always partying knows not the reality of this broken world.
There is one thought about the conveniences of modern life that keeps eating at me. What if we are forfeiting opportunities to engage with people, particularly in the ways the Jesus did?
As we’re “walking” with the Spirit, here’s what He does for us . . .
We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.
Not warm fuzzies.
The regeneration which has taken place in those who believe has changed our spirit, and given to it eternal life.
Many things can and will make us happy.
There is no joy but in Jesus Christ.
When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.
We know that we should value God more and above anything else, but we also know that we don’t always tell ourselves the truth. So how can we know what we truly value? I’d propose a simple exercise to find out . . .
I know I am not unlike many other leaders in ministry. When we relax, if we are able to relax, we feel guilty. Our math looks like this: doing more = more done. Some will read this will say— “Of course!” The assumption here is that “more” is best.
Our twenty-first-century culture is quite taken with a literal “alien savior”—Doctor Who. Like ancient kings of old, the Doctor spans the gap between humanity and that which lies outside our grasp. But there is one significant difference . . .
Knowing who God is and how he interacts with us and his world will give us assurance in the wilderness of the soul.
We’ve got to wake up.
The work of the Lord through his church has never looked like a well-oiled machine.
So what are your hands?
Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church . . .
So this is the story of how J.I. Packer made me cry.
The grace of God is scandalous.
You know the feeling as well as I do. There is someone who brings something to us – it’s an accusation, it’s a criticism, it’s a rebuke – it’s a whatever. We. Must. Respond. Curious, though, that Jesus did not feel the same need.
Even in our moments of failure, doubt, and fear, he is still strong and sure.
Those who worship idols eventually become like the idols they worship.
Blowing on the Gospel embers of young Timothy’s heart, the Apostle Paul fans into flame the grace-producing calling on the Ephesus disciple-maker.
While Satan comes to accuse, Christ comes to accept.
Where the law announces death, Christ announces eternal life.
While we're all blame-shifting, Jesus is blessing-shifting.
"But when the believer discovers this pearl of great price itself, then his soul cleaves to it with joy.”
The "leadoff hitter" of Western lit carries the responsibility of setting the tone for all future literature. And does it ever.
No one obligates you to do what you delight in. You do it freely, without external compulsion or obligation. So it is to be with God’s people and God’s word.
A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.
When you're staring at the end of the rope with the threads so frayed that you can't believe a rope once existed . . .
My heart sank. I made the call that no one, not even a pastor, likes to make.
The best help for your husband is prayer. Here are 5 ways to pray for him . . .
That we don’t open this divine revelation with eyes wide, mouths gaping, hearts leaping out of our chest is an astonishment of its own.
If salvation is to be had at all it must be of divine origin.
Oh, wondrous grace of God, that he owns his son when that son is still an Egyptian slave.
Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.
We cannot sit idly by in our churches while 6,000 people groups making up over 2.9 billion people have never even heard the gospel.
Not too long ago, my five-year old daughter asked me why I exercise, and I hesitated. The language we use regarding food is vitally important.
How do I know God hears and answers us?
The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.
Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.
Far too many of our conversations are about why one church is the best in polity, or how a specific kind of music, preaching style, discipleship model, major, leadership training program, or missions agency is superior to all others.
"One of the most intense times of worship I have ever experienced.” This caption came across my Instagram notifications a few weeks back. I never would have expected a picture of a young man standing in front of a mirror in his bathroom with a bewildered smirk on his face.
Our worry isn’t about our circumstances; it’s about our hearts.
In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.
The cross of Christ both proves and founds God's eagerness to forgive.
A great many persons go about their supposed lifework without thinking about God.
The sugar crash after eating too much candy is strikingly analogous to some experiences with Christianity.