Living a Christian life means putting to death the right to live life on your own terms.
God doesn’t just want begrudging obedience. He desires us to have hearts which reflect His.
What do you think of when you hear the word "discipleship?"
In the greatest act of love, Jesus Christ, the eternal, pre-existing Prince of heaven, left His throne and came to earth to redeem His people from their sin so that they may live eternally with Him.
Thus memory may be, as Coleridge calls it, "the bosom-spring of joy."
The barren land of human brokenness, which has only ever yielded enough fruit for us to fight over, has been trumped completely by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the True Vine.
The truly aberrant among us are those submit themselves to the Lord.
Four things we enjoy as receipients of God's grace to us through Christ.
It doesn’t get better than the gospel. There isn’t a higher up, further down, deeper, wider experience to be had in the Christian life.
When we embrace the multi-faceted reality of the sovereignty of God, we are equipped to help others in their time of need.
I can rest assured that my powerlessness to determine my future makes room for me to trust God who is most powerful.
Ever notice how Jude identifies himself not as Jesus' kid brother, but as Jesus' servant?
Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf.
Without proper study of God, we cannot know what will please Him or how to best worship him.
God uses questions to force us to confront our own hearts.
Learn to groan in the pit, but never grumble!
My weaknesses show me just how great and powerful God is, because only he could bring something good out of the mess that is me.
Scripture testifies to the stark reality that the heart of man is the problem of man.
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood.
As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we should be reminded that the Gospel is not something we merely study or talk about.
Christ invites us to freely approach the throne, but not to usurp it. He invites us to come as children, not as rebels.
Give it up. Allow yourself to be nobody. Have a seat at the end of the table and you might just find Jesus sitting there too.
We get to engage in a selfless, other-exalting relationship that frees us from our focus on ourselves.
With whatever differences temptations present themselves, their effect is the same.
Who is this King of glory?
It is a very sad reflection that tens of thousands are now waiting in the use of means, and ordinances, and vows, and resolutions, and have so waited time out of mind, in vain, utterly in vain.
He cared for the one who was lost and that is what Jesus does.
In our time, there is a great temptation to be gospel-centered in name but not in deed.
When we “sabbath,” we do as God did. This is the essence of godliness.
Our minds could never rummage through to the ends of grace.
I need to be reminded that even though my little children will one day be grown, joy in Jesus is possible now, will be possible then, and will be fully complete in heaven forever.
The church with the snot-nosed kids and the cantankerous old folks and the arrogant hipsters and the out-of-touch Baby Boomers and the overweight “praise team” and the pastor with his short-sleeved button-up shirt tucked into his high-waisted Dockers? Well, that’s the kind of place where grace can really show off.
Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation.
We are living in a time when being ordinary is the worst thing that can happen to a person, and nothing screams ordinary like at-home work.
Our response to Jesus will often be proportionate to our understanding of the egregiousness of our sin.
Jesus is the true and better Prophet, Priest, and King, who is able to do what those who came before could not do.
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.
This is the only way to give it a death-blow.
Throughout our days, we are to retain the flavor of who God is, what he has done, and what he has promised.
They looked the stone over and marked it unusable, not valuable, replaceable and inadequate.
The church should not be afraid to acknowlege the depth and range of human suffering even as we place our hope in God.
Our righteouness goes beyond legalism when we obey the true intent of the law.
Only an "in-person" preacher can bear the burdens of the congregation, weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.
Why, O Father, must I endure this cycle of repentance in hard-heartedness forever?
Life defines the Christian experience.
In His life, on the cross, and in His resurrection, Christ labored to accomplish salvation for spiritual sluggards like us.
Let us be radically compassionate because of the radical compassion we have richly received from Jesus.
Do you know the name of the kinsman redeemer who was first in line to marry Ruth? Exactly.
The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity.
The Lord knocks at their door in order to remind them of who they forgot.