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.
I invite her to our women's day retreat. She says no. She describes past experiences of women's events characterized by shallow conversation, girly crafts, and topics never veering far from marriage and motherhood.
Let us therefore be incited, when we hear of such a fullness, not to take the grace of God in vain, but strive to participate in it . . .
Suffering is the gift that no one wants, and yet God chooses to give sometimes nonetheless.
As it pertains to having the living God draw near to us, fear and trembling assume it is truly God and the glorious Christ we have encountered and not some pitiful caricature.
The fear of man leads to hypocrisy. The fear of God leads to courage.
The call to keep your heart is a call to work on your life internally, not merely externally.
We had no idea when we named our son Asa, that he would have a disease of the foot. Perhaps it is simply coincidence . . .
This knowledge, or sight of God and Christ, cannot be a mere speculative knowledge . . .
But hatred ends…
Through faith in Jesus, God gives us an eternal country, a heavenly wealth, and the favor of the King of the Universe. These are blessings we did not earn and could never deserve.
What does it mean to "pray the Bible," and why is it important?
I was recently conversing with a good friend about the spiritual condition of the Church. He made a comment that I am sure is not exclusive to him, but struck me deeply: “We are not desperate enough yet.”
Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.
With each young man still wearing a smile of pride and accomplishment, I poured lighter fluid on each project and lit them aflame.
If the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, how can we be so unmoved by it?
Oh, how eminently is Jesus thus glorified in His saints!
I wonder if, in all our talk of discipleship and mentoring and "pouring into", we've created for ourselves a culture of entitlement.
Now this is proof that Christ is God, the Word and Power of God . . .
The time had come for God’s justice to be laid out on the Amalekites, and King Saul was to be the mediator. But, as often is the case, a simple command gets transfigured into something more palatable between the hearing and the doing.
Do not be always poring down over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own besetting sins.
I have much insecurity when it comes to the value of my input and wisdom. I always feel there is someone smarter, wiser, more experienced, and better qualified than I to speak on an issue. And the truth is that there is.
This was no new theology or new idea or new promise; it was a new event in history.
No so-called "expert," when surveyed, associated the good life with being poor, mournful, and meek. But if you asked Jesus that very same question, that’s where he’d start.
All men face similar sexual temptations, but the Christian man is to think actual thoughts—clear, articulate, intentional thoughts. The Christian man doesn't just feel things in his mind; he says things to his mind.
After months of feeling like my role in our church was nothing more than drudgery, this little book destroyed what had been dragging me down: a wish-dream.
Hellfire and brimstone preaching will not suffice, but neither will a mushy Christianity.
If you want to have your breath taken away by grace, wonder the New Testament in search for what happens to wicked men and women who are “in, with, through, and by” Christ.
Salvation by Christ's work is a gift of grace received through faith. This salvation is total (Romans 8:30) and we see its totality in John 6.
You know the feeling. It’s the one when you find yourself surrounded by people who work more interesting jobs, take more interesting vacations, and live generally more interesting lives. Suddenly, you find yourself shrinking into yourself, very conscious of your normality in light of what’s surrounding you.
To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.
God cares for His people from beginning to end, throughout all circumstances. We do not rely on an unsympathetic God, or one who is distant or emotionally uninvolved.
Is it possible to be at the same time repentant and also to boldly ask for relief from sin’s consequences? Or does God’s grace for our sin stop only at the point of forgiveness? Are we on our own after that?
What prayer is and what it does and how it works and the ways it changes us and the world is nearly impossible to grasp. So here are just a few thoughts on prayer that have been camping out in my mind . . .
When both our justification and our new life are found in Jesus Christ, then this burdensome, disingenuous Christianity is replaced by Spirit-empowered gratitude.
My encouragement to you is that if you are presently in your Bible college or seminary education, do not study for a passing grade. Remember now why you are studying God’s word.