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?
The glory which belongs to beatified saints belongs to us.
Grace, in part, is a linguistic category. It is not only works done for us; it’s also words spoken to us.
The tyranny of hyper-spirituality our church culture had foisted on us set us up for disappointment because it held up religious experiences as the means of God’s grace, rather than the finished work of the cross.
If we do thus suffer, what is our "light affliction" compared with reigning with him?
One day, we will be with God in his Kingdom, along with the rest of the broken who turned to Christ.
Corporate worship is not about getting some feeling. It’s about getting God.
The ferment of the gospel needs the wineskin of the church.
No greater eagerness will ever be seen among Satanic tormentors, than in that day when devils drag the hypocrite's soul down to perdition.
God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for this food… and for everything.
The only perfect love is the love of Christ - it's where we tether ourselves in the midst of temptation and trial.
How can I continue to trust him if my faith is so weak in the first place?
It's not the strength of the faith that saves, but the strength of the Savior.
Would to God, that we might feel his presence this day and every day.
Limits are gifts that help us remember that our greatest gift is a God who is limitless.
A renewed focus on attentive, undistracted and reverent prayer will greatly help us keep our balance and stay in the saddle.
Why is marriage such a vital crucible for discipleship?
As awkward and abrasive as it might sound to my son’s little ears, I will continue to tell him that I love Jesus more.
Has Jesus become our mascot, our projection? When you look at him, what do you see?
You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt?"
Though our redemption is instant, our sanctification is a slow and steady process over our entire lifetime. There is no express lane available on this road.
When we add something to the gospel, we are really subtracting from it.
The wicked are "living the dream."
Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love.
We all, at some point, are overwhelmed with burdens that are too heavy for us each to carry alone. Sometimes God acts in our lives without using others to meet our needs, but His normal mode of operation is to use wise believers in the Body of Christ—His church— to help us understand, grow, and grieve.
At its best, my desire to be clever is a blessing given by a creator God who made me in his image. We long to create as a reflection of the image of God that was put in us. But at its worst, my longings for originality show a heart that says, “Did God really say?”
He hated wickedness, so much that he bled to wound it to the heart; he died that it might die; he was buried that he might bury it in his tomb; and he rose that he might forever trample it beneath his feet.
We should be more like the Father who responds to problems with parties.
Throughout history, God has been at work in and through those He chooses to use greatly. In the book of Joshua, the mighty works God performs are but a shadow of a greater Reality yet to come.
The grace of God in Jesus Christ meets all of our needs and satisfies our deepest desires.
Oh, think not, believer, that your sorrows are out of God's plan; they are necessary parts of it.
Jesus is supremely radiant.
Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now.
A mother's thoughts on miscarriage, God's grace, and a tribute to tiny lives.
Lean into the means of grace that you may lean on Jesus himself.
I am nothing without Christ’s righteousness.
Comparison makes it difficult to truly rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. The gospel renews our minds and frees us up to truly love one another.
What if CNN or Fox News broke a story with the headline, “ISIS Leaders Becomes a Follower of Jesus and Ends Terrorist Activity”? Would we be shocked? Would we doubt the headline?
Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man.
There is no spot that the blood of Christ is unable to cover.
Have Christians oversold the position of “taking a stand?"