If you are not content with a Christianity characterized by minimal devotion to God, Nehemiah is your book.
Because He is the Master at creating a brand new something from a pile of nothing, He saw what we could become.
Jesus commands humility from us but he does not leave the humble man hanging!
The Bible is preoccupied with the Messiah and we must be as well.
Jonah fled because he knows that God is compassionate and loving, eager to forgive sinners.
I made a disjointed relationship into a convincing substitute for true unity.
We share a couple of things in common besides our name. One is a dark reality. The other is a greater Truth.
Father, help us to see that you are at work through us for the advance of the gospel.
There is one thing that the churches experiencing historic revival have in common: they seemed overrun with the sense of the glory of God.
God desires us to run to Him with both the things that bring us joy and the things that bring us pain.
In this fallen world permeated with sin and death, even adopted children of God may taste the bitterness of loss.
Because God is good and he does not change, there is a reason to be thankful, to God, for God, always.
The more bored you are with the things of God, the more vulnerable you will be when difficulty comes.
We may not always understand why the Father prunes the way He does.
It is good and right also to consider the impact of a group of praying students, heirs of Wittenberg themselves, on the modern missions movement of global gospel proclamation.
If all else were stripped away—your career, your earthly relationships, your plans—your identity as a beloved child of God would still remain.
The good news is that the Lord has a way of making a way where there is no way.
Certainly, my smartphone and its accompanying array of apps can be a tool of inestimable value.
What’s it like to hear the whole world sing your praise? Only God knows. Be awed by the fact that He does.
Two decades of pastoral ministry has taught me that a prevailing theme of Christian life is the faulty thinking that we relate to God as though he is a disappointed father.
This is the story of the hopeful, dreadful time between sin’s entrance and Christ’s conquest.
The life of faith is difficult. But there is a joy waiting for us beyond all comparison.
God’s character is as honest as we can be in our prayers. Our quest may feel endless but our God is not.
The abundance of God comes in part in this life, but in fullness only later.
While reading your Bible every day, praying, and fasting do not necessitate spiritual growth, neglecting them is like never going to the gym in the first place.
When the perfect comes, the partial, half-measures of today will pass away, and no one will miss them.
I am not against you, friend. I’m against the golden calf that I’ve seen built in your midst.
Here are just three of my favorite anecdotes touching on the surprising power of grace.
Mimi is a good reminder, to me at least, to curb my ambition and instead simply, faithfully seek Christ.
When we engage in what the Bible calls foolishness—choosing sin over obedience—we engage in a practical kind of atheism.
Often, in lieu of your local church becoming the best contextualized version of itself, God is fashioning its parts into a whole that looks more like Him.
Pastor's Kid, your dad devotes his time and talent to faithfully steering the church toward Christ. As his son or daughter, don’t detract from that mission. Be a catalyst.
Jesus went willingly into the weakness of flesh, to make himself like us so he could save us.
Jesus' torn flesh and spilt blood was for the embarrassing—those like you and me.
If you hear this, it won't be from Jesus.
Don’t set yourself up to play with something that will grow to something that can kill and maim you.
Living in the present, with a forgiven past, and secured future, will definitely lead to a happier life.
As one who is entrusted with a leadership position, I find it profitable to read of others who have led.
We have died to sin in his death and are now alive to God in his resurrection.
On first looking into Spurgeon’s sermons, I have found joy and awe in the work of Spurgeon, the man, but also in the work of Spurgeon’s God.
We don’t always see what the Vinedresser is doing beneath the surface, but we can rest assured that it’s always for our growth.
A classical Christian understanding of God’s immutability would maintain that God cannot – and need not! – change even by a divine decision to alter himself.
There is only one who instructs the rain to fall on Holland. There is only one who know the number of Netherland hairs. There is only one who administers days to Amsterdam. There is only one who is truly sovereign.
At the height of my foray into theological worlds unknown, I met a traveler. Her name was Mrs. Billie Jo.
This may come as news to you, and if so, I am sorry that it has taken this long for someone to tell you, but you are not the center of the universe.
Our God is a treasure to be enjoyed, worshiped, and obeyed.
Philosophy can show us the extent to which Scripture answers life’s ultimate questions.
You get the story wrong if you don’t see Jesus as the center and the goal. But when you get it right, you understand, as Stephen did, that suffering makes sense.
Both beats in our ears make promises, promises of fulfillment and of satisfaction. But only one has the power to keep and deliver on its promises.
My current struggles weigh as much as a feather while the weight of God’s glory is incalculable.