Jesus defines the church, but the church does not define Jesus.
The grace of God meets my identity crisis and reminds me that I am approved by God in Christ, and the approval of man I can never earn.
How are Christian friendships different?
One day my eyelids will do what they were made to do.
Among the panoply of spiritual beings said to see into our world, none is more pervasive, interested, and involved than God himself.
I wanted the Bible to fit my story. I didn’t want any impositions.
God’s people must not settle for only a rudimentary knowledge of God’s saving message.
“To live is Christ and to die is gain” is more than a hashtag for your Instagram account; it’s theology clothed with flesh.
We must carefully balance between conformity and non-conformity by purposing to no longer be conformed to the world and by being transformed by the renewal of our minds.
Christian, the Lord knows you are not an asset to the organization.
We understand that loving doesn’t always mean doing what others want, but doing what serves them best.
Does Jesus want to heal you? In this lifetime, it’s possible he does.
Though there was a desert around him, there was no desert in his soul.
The overhwleming answer to the question: how can an unholy people enter into God’s presence and live?
I turned 40 last month and as I reflect on God’s goodness in my life and on what I have to look forward to in Christ, my soul is full and content. I can’t wait for the future, gray hair and all.
If the pace of our lives is in His hands, then even our seasons of silence are for a purpose that goes way beyond our current circumstance.
Are you sick enough for the Good Doctor, Jesus? If so, rejoice! The kingdom of God is at hand, and it’s coming for you!
Here are 4 ways ordinary evangelicals like you and me sometimes fall prey to a kind of prosperity gospel in our thinking.
Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon him without tears, as he stands before you the mirror of agonizing love?
We should slay the lurking thought that obedience to God should give something other than Christ.
We shouldn’t love the world because it means we have divided hearts.
Have you found yourself walking through seasons of great anticipation only to end up crawling through disappointment?
There is a blessed kind of simplicity for the Christian who is convinced of the providential love of God in Christ.
Even if your earthly father was a failure, here you come to experience fatherly love in its ideal. Here is a Father who has committed himself to provide for us, his children, in exactly every way we need, and he has promised to direct our every step for our good and his glory.
We are living in a society that is becoming more isolated from each other.
Exiles though we be, we rejoice in our King; yea, in him we exceedingly rejoice, while in his name we set up our banners.
We’ve gone so far down the road of feminism that we’ve forgotten how to proudly be feminine.
Usually waiting doesn’t seem to make much sense or have much purpose at the time, but that is a sheerly human perspective, bound and shackled by our mortal limitations.
In our highly educated and Biblical competent circles, we all know marriage is important, but as leaders in ministry, is caring for our marriage our utmost goal beyond abiding in Christ?
Jesus has the authority to fix everything in the deepest part of your being and no one can stop him.
What excites you most about the church today?
The theology of the OT often rides on the harmonics created by the songs and poems breathed out by the Holy Spirit through the skillful pen of His prophets.
Lord, make this thought a pillow for many a weary head!
If our God-talk doesn’t respect him who is incomprehensible, we risk worshiping a glorified version of our own likeness. But if our posture is one of humility—faith seeking understanding—then our stammering turns into worship.
There is more to it than just the pattern, but the pattern sets us up and supports the truth.
The brooding of the Spirit of God upon the face of the deep, first produced order and life, and in our hearts, he causes and fosters new life and light.
Reflecting on my life reminds me that God truly works in mysterious ways. But I'm reminded that God also works in another, more primary way, that is, through the local church.
At the end of it all, he makes his final offer: all of your sin and unloveliness for all my kingdom of righteousness and unending, unyielding, unashamed, outrageously faithful love. Does that sound good?
We must let time pass over us with the night and we must give in to letting God be the sovereign one.
You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children.
God has spoken the verdict of “not guilty” over law-breakers in his realm.
We should all seek to know the story of the Bible, not as simple facts, but as a vivid living story that we find our place within.
There is a powerful beauty in beholding oneself in another.
The saints are God's heritage, and he is in the midst of them, and will protect his own.
He may not change your circumstances, but he will give peace in the midst of hardship as he promised.
I am a long way from having the character of our heavenly Father, but my daughter is helping me understand what it means to be drawn fully into the gospel story.
Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. Marriage is intended to be commitment to which we maintain trust and fidelity until separated by death.
It is a divine lesson to know how to be full
Whatever Albert Einstein meant when he said “God does not play dice with the universe,” the believer can assert with even greater conviction (and gratitude) that his heavenly Father does not play dice with his people.
When we pursue kindness, we direct our lives to reflect God and to live for what He expects of us.