“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.
You have enemies as you try to live as a content man. Most of the time we think the enemies are from without—people around us and circumstances upon us. But the true enemies of contentment are within in us, which is where contentment is either fed or starved.
It's the wave that provides the power.
Though some denominations historically have wrongly understood the call to moral holiness and perfection to mean that sinners can attain perfection on this earth, the pursuit of holiness is no less important.
May it never been that you get to the point where you believe that all things are possible for you—that you can do anything on your own.
A faithful minister cares little what people think of him.
God has done his mightiest works by the meanest instruments: that is a fact most true of all God’s works—Peter the fisherman at Pentecost, Luther the humble monk at the Reformation, Whitefield the potboy of the Old Bell Inn at Gloucester in the time of the last century’s revival; and so it must be to the end.
I often misremember. I’m prone to long for Egypt because I forget the truth about God’s character and faithfulness.
Christian, no one might know what internal fear, insecurity, or idolatry the Holy Spirit is convicting you of and walking you through. And because it’s internal, you might be tempted to put it to the side in favor of something seemingly more flashy and exciting. But don’t neglect His work. Embrace it. Because the storm is coming.
This is the cosmic love and wisdom of God for you . . .
We must become desperate to find favor in the eyes of the LORD.
The next time you enter the church to fellowship with God’s people, go with a sacrifice of brokenness.
Why does Christlikeness always go and get in the way of a good two cents?
Becoming more conscious that Jesus walked isn’t perhaps a profound revelation to you, but is necessary for you who fill every moment trying to attain maximum productivity. It isn’t Jesus-like to be harried in life, even if it seems noble to others.
If Christ the King has come, and He has proclaimed that the kingdom has arrived, then where is it?
We planted our church over six years ago. There is a church where there used to not be one, yes, but we're still working really hard and sometimes it feels like we're spinning our wheels. When is it going to get easier? When is God going to do something big and miraculous instead of the small and incremental?
I share in the victory of Christ.
I didn't want to get married. But I knew I was turning away a gift from God . . .
Too many churches still treat church growth as a competition.
Cursed are you when others love you and accept you and say all kinds of good about you because you have moderate, tolerant views of a safe Jesus.