What do you suppose it might look like to eat or drink to the glory of God?
In Acts, the disciples set the criteria for who would be chosen, and they land on two possible candidates: Joseph and Matthias. They cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias. This, of course, had to be a downer to Joseph.
Jesus is worth a broken heart. In fact, He’s the only One who can heal it again.
What does Jesus mean when he says, "This is my body which is for you?"
It was not justice for the state to sanction same-sex marriage. It is in fact injustice, because it sanctions as "righteous" what God has called unrighteous.
The encouraging part of running the Christian race is that we don't have to run it in our own power. At salvation, not only is our heart created anew, which causes us to desire to run for Christ, but we are also empowered by God to run.
How are God's messengers like wind and fire?
We have no defense against this brilliant triangle offense!
Not only are we a witness to the power of the gospel when we live out the Golden Rule, but we also promote peace and societal flourishing.
These titles for Jesus are unimaginably marvelous, and there are more incredible things about him. He charges us to live in his name, as if he is sending himself to the world through us.
Like many of us, young Timothy seemed to suffer with bouts of discouragement. Yet Paul does not write Timothy to encourage him with warm fuzzy thoughts about how awesome he is as a person.
I’m a recovering information addict.
Without a break-wall, disaster is only a storm away.
In all the chubby glory of his toothless grin and dimpled cheeks, he desperately needs Jesus to save him. If not, those beautiful feet can only run him away from God.
They can only go as deep as the gospel we give them.
In Christ, there is the fullness of a fountain, which proceeds from himself and depends on no one else.
Why do you think Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's was not. Did God just like Abel better? Did Abel know the right religious words or jump through the right religious hoops?
The apex of the Father's re-creation of us in Christ is adoption.
How do we function in our communities, then? How do we encourage those fearful ones who hate and face hatred on all sides?
Jesus Christ makes all things new. This applies not only to the personal implications of a life surrendered to his lordship but also to how we understand and relate to the theology of creation.
So according to Jesus things are going to continue to get worse but that shouldn’t be cause for concern for us.
It's wonderful to feel the joy and thrill of God's Presence that comes through ministry. But we don't live in a church service or Christian environment 24-7. And neither could we.
We may want to believe that we can do anything if we just believe in ourselves, but we are saved by faith in Christ, not faith in ourselves.
The sun shall not shine, the wind shall not blow, to the church’s hurt.
Atonement is a divine business; its sacrifice is infinite, even as the God who conceived it.
Therefore, the demand of Jesus stands, and there is sufficient reason to obey it with joy and courage. Don't be anxious about the ordinary needs of life, and don't fear the threats of man.
A faith that has no growth will not do.
A desire exists to be famous and live for the applause of others despite reality showing us that the applause does not satisfy. Nor does the applause last.
How do we become holy without becoming 'holier than thou'?
Oh, that I might treat the glory of God like a sunset!
I wasn’t thinking about my unwashed hair or the spit up (and coffee) on my clothes or the fact that I honestly couldn’t remember if I had put on makeup that morning. That is, I wasn’t thinking about it until I saw my beautiful friend walking up to say hello.
Not only did Jesus endure such injustice from sinners but he did it for sinners.
There is no sin so great that God's gospel is not greater still.
"He is, after all, the one about whom the book was written."
"So Christ, who 'is in heaven,' has clothed himself in our flesh, so that by stretching out his brotherly hand to us he may raise us to heaven with himself."
All of this makes me wonder: If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I?
As I write, I think of a 26-year old girl struck by a drunk driver less than five miles from my home. In an instant, a man’s carelessness wrecked her dreams and now she clings to life in a hospital bed. Around the world today, ISIS carries out its atrocities, natural disasters riddle lives with heartache, and still we drift forward. Can we find comfort? Peace? Hope?
The ascension is an integral part of gospel doctrine and has many implications. Here are just five . . .
The gospel frees me from the pressure to be the hero of the church.
Pain is a funny thing. How I wish I could shield my baby from it all. But that would not be love.
Is God good? As I reflected upon this question, I had a decision to make. If the answer was “yes,” then that answer had to hold even if God allowed my child to die.
The apostle having established the doctrine of justification, and answered the objections commonly urged against it, now asserts his triumphant conclusion . . .
This mystery is grasp-able because it itself comes near and grasps.
Knowledge is a hindrance when we allow it alone to guide us.
This is the meaning of existence, if you will accept it and enter in.
Instead of obsessing about changing the world, what if we just gave ourselves to living in glad obedience to Jesus in the trenches of an ordinary life?
Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy.
I am running on a trail along a lake. I haven't run (or exercised) in months and so I really have to pace myself. But then she passes me. I don't even know who she is. All I know is she is about my age, she's wearing cute yoga pants and she just passed me.
Was there ever such love?
We must be careful that we don’t gauge the Spirit’s effectiveness in our church based on how many people feel a certain way.