A little boy ran up to us with a baby in his hands. Curious as to what he was doing I turned and faced him and he immediately placed the infant in my arms, smiled at me, and ran away.
Are you keeping watch on yourself? Taking note of your own heart?
When a pastor once remarked that it was pity that among all her gifts, sight was not included, the great hymn writer Fanny Crosby said this . . .
There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun.
Why then is it so easy for us to do this with the gift of salvation?
So, I was off to a great morning to jog and talk to the Lord. As I began to jog and pray, I became pretty convicted of all that I take for granted.
Was it wrong of me to utter those fateful words, "I'll be praying for you?"
Jesus did not simply come as a wise teacher, or visionary leader.
This is something that I never could have orchestrated on my own.
We stand firm in battle, because we know the one who has won the war for us, and he is our greatest weapon.
These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.
Timid believers are afraid to begin to work for Jesus.
When we consider the height and transcendence of God, the questions that present themselves are: Can we even know this God? Can He desire to know us?
In A.D. 404 John Chrysostom, the early church father, was brought in before the Roman emperor. The emperor threatened him with banishment if he remained a Christian . . .
Biblically speaking, what can we learn about pharisaical behavior?
The gospel re-establishes our identity so that we understand who we are in light of whose we are.
Leader, on your worst day, you are still a child of God!
Some examples of writing that worships.
When God sets us on high, Satan himself cannot pull us down.
No matter how well we do in the day to day tasks, if our minds are our ultimate governors then we are nothing more than fools.
Value all of the workers, not just the ones who put on a suit and tie, or plaid and cords, at 8am and come home for dinner at five.
I’ve never spent a lot of time on end of the year reflections and beginning of the year resolutions. I have always found it difficult to find the time for that kind of reflection during the busiest time of the year. But this year has been different.
Union with Christ means the Lord of peace remains present in your joy, in your pain, in your liftoffs, and in your layovers.
We need all that Christ is, and in becoming his disciples, we actually receive all that Christ is!
We ought not, as men in Christ Jesus, to be carried away by a childish love of novelty, for we worship a God who is ever the same, and of whose years there is no end.
"And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted." What a phenomenal phrase.
Paul is reminding Timothy not only of the reality of the situation on the ground but also of the importance of tending to his own soul.
Confession: I used to roll my eyes at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions. After all, how many people actually keep them? I wondered.
Here we come to the place that we must recognize that it is Jesus who bore the sins of all who would believe and as our substitute, He not only paid for our sins, but has also become our righteousness.
Do you merely perform religious duties like a pharisee, or is your life the fruit of a changed heart?
While self-condemnation might come off as holy in our churchified contexts, the truth is that self-condemnation is more than a bad character trait; it’s sin in and of itself.
All church planting wives start as generalists. We are children’s ministry coordinators, counselors, graphic designers, web managers, worship leaders, hostesses, and the primary sounding board for the church planter. Multiply this work times years of church planting, and it can make for one exhausted woman. I know, because I was one.
We have to choose - give or take, selflessness or selfishness. We’re given an incredible opportunity to be sacrificial and submissive and Christ-like. Here is what The Prosperity Gospel has done: it has eliminated the choice.
It is possible to have a fascination with the Bible that does not lead to faith in Christ.
No aristocratic Christ have I to commend to you, but the Savior of the people, the Friend of publicans and sinners.
Our present difficulties do not dismiss God’s future promises.
Here's one personal test I subject my own reading of the Gospels to (which actually works quite well when reading any Scripture): Is it freaking me out?
A punchy little Christmas poem.
Better than all other possible “solutions,” following the Christ you sing about would be the best.
This is the witness of Scripture, the confession of the Church, and the only hope for humankind.
A Christmas poem by C.S. Lewis.
My wife is currently in the throes of a full-blown "simplify" campaign, and I need to be careful—if I place my half-drunk coffee cup down it's likely to be thrown out. Anything not nailed to the floor may very well disappear.
If God came as a vulnerable, needful, weak baby, we have no need to fear for our own vulnerability, needfulness, and weakness.
Christmas can leave a good number of people feeling more empty than full.
The cradle and the cross can never be separated.
The right response to the Christmas story isn’t “oh how cute” but “oh, how gracious.”
The enemy delights in hijacking relational complications for his purpose of disunity.
Your current season may be cold and bitter too, but if you wait on the Lord you will find that the next season is full of the warmth of God’s faithfulness and the sweet reassurance of His constant care.
Your only hope—my only hope—is that God himself would deliver us.
The lesson of wisdom is, be not dismayed by soul-trouble. Count it no strange thing, but a part of ordinary ministerial experience.