The Pharisee brought all his religious currency to the market and found that his money was no good there.
Seeking to leverage ministry for comfort goes against the grain of the ministry picture in the New Testament.
Once He has helped us to step across the threshold of our straining circumstances, we will see that God is the wise and trustworthy Savior of His people.
Crucifying the defensive impulse is so difficult because it essentially means choosing to allow others to misunderstand you, misjudge you, and even malign you.
The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ . . .
Sometimes the most courageous thing you can do is to stay right where you are.
Everything rides on the reality of resurrection.
We don’t follow Christ’s commands because we should or because we will be “blessed” when we do. We follow Christ’s commands because we have a deep and profound admiration and a growing love for Him and we want nothing more than to please Him.
Do not despair if you feel the flesh battling against the Spirit or if you cannot make it behave. For you to follow the guidance of the Spirit in all things without interference on the part of the flesh is impossible.
There is a gospel spring beneath the deathly depravity of Judges 19.
When will the Spirit gust in revival power? We don't know. But maybe today.
The God who governs all things can be trusted, even when He can’t be understood.
Join me as I try to think about heaven more often, even dwelling upon the reality of it, the ceaseless praise that is going on right now to the blessed Savior for his wrath drinking death upon the wood of Calvary.
If you preach the gospel, you wield the most powerful word in the universe. It's not the gnosis of the apostles. It's the resurrecting word entrusted to us all.
The beauty of identifying with Christ is that He doesn’t need defending.
Receiving is difficult. Being given something affects us differently than being the giver. Receiving something is harder than earning it, especially for driven people.
Jesus is no talisman. Crucify "Jesus as key to your personal achievement" and he will stay dead. But the real Jesus achieves a victory greater and far superior to any wish-dream of any man.
Union with Christ is an abiding reality.
Moses would not make a good postmodern. The notion of “things that are revealed” is so certain, so objective, so confident sounding. Yet, Moses doesn’t shy away from the idea that God has given His people revealed things—truths about Himself, truths about man, truths about the world. And all these belong to God’s people.
“No,” she pulls a blanket up over her head. I know you want to hide, I want to say. Confession makes us feel naked even with all of the weight of hiding on top of us. I know where she is, but I ask for her to show herself anyway. Coming face to face with the one you’re confessing to is important. I know it from the garden. I…
If nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, what then?
It is not uncommon to hear people say things like: “Aren’t we all sinners? What gives you the right to make moral judgments about someone else? Isn’t that God’s job?”
During the last few years we have been putting a mild label on sin.
"Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?" said the poet.
"What X marks the spot for me?"
"As long as Christ hath it, believers shall not want."
The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.
"Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly?"
"If you will not let me live, then I will die."
While God certainly asks missionaries to pick up their life, leave everything, and go wherever, His call on His disciple's lives doesn't end there.
"The brother dismissed my view as impossible on the grounds that the Holy Spirit, who does not lie, had told him the truth on this matter. Being young and bold, I pressed on with my explanation of grammar, context, and translation, but was brushed off by a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:10b-15: spiritual things must be spiritually discerned -- which left little doubt about my status."
When we believe that the things we possess are actually ours or exist because of us, they begin to control and define us rather than the other way around.
You can't just decide to change your heart, Thomas Chalmers says.
We have been racing from God, and yet in Christ, we find ourselves racing home.
How much are you missing because you assume all the answers are in the back?
Self-denying humility ought to show up in the way we worship together.
Thou who wast lifted up upon a cross
art ascended to highest heaven . . .
We need the Jesus who loves us in our Genesis 13 moments and our Genesis 12 moments.
We should note that in all the Bible's words about reproof and rebuke and discipline, the Bible never says to "confess one another's sins."
Jonathan Edwards saw God's grace as a tide of goodness.
I believe obscurity is good for Kingdom laborers, particularly pastors, and most especially newly up and coming pastors.
Every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith.
When we are tempted to doubt the Father's faithfulness, we have no further to look than His provision of Christ.
"If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what Grace has done for them."
"If there is to be a renewal, it will be a renewal that grows out of the blazing center that is the glory of God in the face of Christ."
When I fret about life, time, finances, relationships, I'm tempted to control them for my preferred outcome. When I rest in the giver of good and perfect gifts, I see every allowance as unmerited favor and can walk in the confidence as one who is held by the God of the universe—the perfection of every attribute.
Christ died to redeem men and women from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. When those men and women gather together, we ought to sing as only redeemed men and women can.
Why so much grief? Why waves upon waves upon waves of sorrows? If the Lord desired to deprive atheists and agnostics of ammunition for their powerful theodicy argument we would welcome the cessation of pain. Even for those of us committed to the Lord’s sovereignty have existential reasons to doubt when the miseries pile up.
In the pastoral ministry world, we sometimes get the impression from the Bright Minds Among Us that only losers quit. Well, maybe so. But Jesus came for losers.
Two sweet words start the reversal of our will and fate.