Though we might rather just have a happy, coffee cup verse of the day, God in his wisdom only gives such hope and encouragement in the context of our fallen reality.
There is a difference between sharing and learning. Don’t confuse the two, thinking you have learned what you have shared.
We can look to Jesus and see a Savior who did it the good and right way, and we can be humbled under the weight of His sacrifice and emboldened to feel deeply for others in light of His compassion.
When you have Christ, you have everything.
Let the Gospel alone and it will save!
He is indeed possessed of infinite majesty . . .
You may call me foolish or underfoot, you may even accuse me of being blinded by my male leadership, and I am okay with that, because here is what I know . . .
We understand that the One who cut his covenant with the people of Israel is the One who raised our Savior from the dead. He is the unchanging, holy, and eternal God of heaven and earth. So shouldn’t Achan have received some grace?
If we get into the habit of weekly preparing our sermons while forgetting the who of the biblical text, we miss the point of the Gospel.
When Paul says that Christians belong to Christ Jesus, it means, at least, that the blessings that are Christ’s are the blessings bestowed on Christians right now.
We know we are not Jesus, but we're tempted to believe and act from the idea that we're able to be all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, self-sufficient, without limits, self-existent, and in control of all things. Especially in how we minister to others.
If Adam had a business card, it would have read “Gardener.” Nothing exciting there. And yet the words God used to describe his job are anything but ordinary.
Before I let my gospel-centered infatuation cause me to point a judgmental finger at Jonah, maybe I too need to learn a lesson from the shrivelled up plant.
There’s something to place. Something to knowing and being known. There is beauty in surrendering to it, recounting the faithfulness of God down every road.
God looks at the available selection, sees that I have no evident talent or ability and that in fact I give all indications of being a liability to the team, not an asset, and says, "I'll take him."
As we set our minds on the things above, we are reminded of our freedom from and power over sin, as well as of our future sinless reality.
Unfortunately, we live in the very present world and waiting is hard. Joining David,
we cry out with the familiar refrain of ‘how long?’
After living a lot of my life passively, I've discovered that pushing through the awkward is better than retreating almost all of the time. Because it's in pushing through the awkward that life gets a little bit crazy and a lot more complicated but also where God gets to come through.
When we attempt to solve our shortcomings on our own, we are doing nothing more than scratching the scales off of our bodies, like Eustace did.
What most men fail to see is that they are in the ring with themselves.
If you cannot explain the gospel in this period of time, then you probably don’t understand it.
Sometimes we think that zinger of a Facebook post or that Twitter tirade is championing a cause, when in reality, all we really accomplish is alienating those who disagree.
Baptists like us have two ordinances and one sacrament. The ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacrament is a church-wide potluck.
One of the most vivid illustrations and daily reminders of God's grace in my life is my daughter Grace.
The cumulative effect of the gospel is affectionate worship of the one true God. The grand design of gospel proclamation, then, is gospel enthrallment, gospel enjoyment.
Are you bitter? Do you catch yourself only giving critique and never giving compliments? Do you find yourself reacting strongly to confrontation but all too willing to enact it yourself?
To take up the cross is to take up joy—painful joy, but real joy.
When we come to Christ we are instantaneously swept into a spiritual, life-giving current - even before our conscience minds are aware of it.
Death was a distant cousin to me. I knew he existed, but I knew nothing of him. But this has changed.
If we are not a weeping people then we are not the people of Jesus.
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.