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.
We will face difficult situations, but none of them will ultimately defeat us because God will keep us in Christ.
Why do you suppose He gave us such a gorgeously diverse menu to choose from when we feed ourselves? Couldn't He have fed us simple manna every day?
We are held captive until Christ delivers us.
Our hearts tremble with love for that we have yet to see—as we long for the day when we see Him face to face.
Along with the various sounds of the holidays, there is a tension in the air. And it’s not just the umpteenth repeat of “Christmas Shoes.”
What we see in the wonder of the God-Man is a miraculous extension, not reduction!
This Fall and this redemption, and the story as a whole, so far as the divine purpose is concerned, are the fruit of the Father’s love to the Son and his delight in glorifying the Son.
Because the church is people, church can often be messy. It’s never as neat and as ideal as we’d like it to be. We’d like things to run in perfect harmony, but they seldom do.
The bread of Ruth 1 provides more than a theme in the Bible. It provides one of the keys to unlocking the meaning of the text by showing how Christ fulfills the passage.
Did our Lord chafe during these pre-ministry years? Did he long to get started preaching the kingdom?
If I feel like my relationship with Jesus is bad right now I can look to Jesus and remember it's all about Him.
God asks for our faithfulness, but we don't get to choose the shape our faithfulness takes.
What are the songs of Christmas that help you fight off cynicism or even despair? THE ones that remind you of the reason for the hope of Christ?
There is a great danger this Christmas season of missing the point. And I'm not referring simply to idolatrous consumption and materialism. I'm talking about Christmas religiosity. It is very easy around this time to set up our Nativity scenes, host our Christmas pageants and cantatas, read the Christmas story with our families, attend church every time the door is open, and insist to ourselves and others that Jesus is…
Corporate worship is one of the primary means by which God saves you to himself.
“Daddy, worshipping Jesus makes my heart happy,” her little voice whispered into my ear. “Do you know why that is?” I asked.
As Christians, we look forward to the perfection or consummation of Christ’s reign, when sin will be defeated and we will enjoy the presence of God forever.
Your identity of sonship isn't founded on performance-based assessment. Your standing before God was not procured by strategy or tribal association. Your preaching did not gain you merit, nor your vision give rise to redemption.
It was a crisis of faith, born under the lights of Friday night Texas football.
Are there any weak in faith who come under the denomination of bruised reeds and smoking flax? Let them know that God will take care of them.
I've finally come to terms with it. I'm getting a tattoo. But not just yet.
He frustratingly questioned, “If all this is Bible stuff is true, why won’t God just prove that he is real!? Why won’t God just prove he loves me!?”
Unfortunately, on this side of heaven we will continue to have churches filled with quarreling members. In James 4:1, Pastor James asks rhetorically, “And what causes this behavior?” He answers himself, “You quarrel and fight because of what’s in your hearts.”
What are the implications of the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ?
What does it actually feel like to find our identity in Christ in real time and amidst genuine struggle? I was thinking about this the other idea day and jotted down 5 initial thoughts . . .
Let no thought distress you about death's coming to you at an unseasonable hour. Should it come to-morrow should it come now, if your faith is fixed on nothing less than Jesu's blood and righteousness, you shall see the face of God with acceptance.
You have a worship problem.
"God does not want you to be happy, he wants you to be holy." "It does not matter whether you are happy, as long as you have joy." "Satan wants you to try to be happy, but God wants you to be faithful." Whatever one thinks of this approach in pitting happiness against Christian sanctification, it must be acknowledged that it is a novel perspective among Christians throughout the ages.…
For centuries, earnest Christians faithfully following Jesus have experienced a God who seems asleep at times, sometimes for long seasons in their lives. In the disciples' case in Luke 8, He literally was asleep. In my life, it has seemed He slept as I needed direction. Sometimes, He felt asleep as I needed deliverance from a trial. But as time goes on and I can look back, I recognize that…
“He, near your side hath always stood. His loving-kindness. O! how good.”
The darkness that seems to hide the face of grace is actually a defeated darkness. It is inferior to the power of God’s unchanging light and grace. That’s like saying that clouds can smother the Sun.
We must constantly look to Christ as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.
This is a story about two young men who were friends, roommates, and pastors. In other words, this is a story about jealousy.
Do we have confidence in our savior Jesus? Are we secure in the fact that Jesus will have us?
My self-esteem, good or bad, cannot sustain me. It’s a toothpick house in a tornado.
When his dog was suffering a particularly noisome barking fit, Martin supposedly preached this gospel implication to him, exhorting the pooch this way: “Never mind, little Hans . . . Thou too, in the Resurrection, shalt have a little golden tail.”
It is amazing to me that my helplessness before God mirrors the helpless of my two week-old son.
He is not robbed of any glory, but his name is now surrounded with brighter lustre than ever.
What should you put on that master list for life? Only one thing is necessary: to praise God for who He is and for what he has done for us in Christ.
Peter introduces his letter to God’s chosen people with a glimpse of the front porch light.
We familyolaters take what most of us consider the most important thing in our lives and give it the weight of our worship in a way that is both dishonorable and unsustainable. And we end up living "Thus saith the family" rather than "Thus saith the Lord."
For all the celebrations to be remembered, the occasions of suffering are the dates that stick with me. It was then, when the day came that she would call - or we’d get in the car with a warm meal in the back seat. A note would get dropped in the mail, a meal on the doorstep to say: you are loved, you are not forgotten, and neither are they.…
Like a kindergartner learning his numbers, so do we practice the discipline of counting . . .
To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.
Other than in temporary moments of devotional solitude, there was never a time when Jesus was not with his men. After Jesus called his disciples, he had them with him doing ministry.
The beauty of the gospel is that it hijacks our worship and aims it at the One in whom our worship finds its consummation of joy.