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.
Christmas can leave a good number of people feeling more empty than full.
If God came as a vulnerable, needful, weak baby, we have no need to fear for our own vulnerability, needfulness, and weakness.
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.
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.