Jesus promised that we would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. What on earth can that mean?
Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given.
God's good word gives us the ability to simply breathe, to live, every single day.
When you get a little grace, you start asking, “Who else?” Because there must be someone.
The idea of the professing Christian living in isolation from the local church is quite foreign to the New Testament.
Holding a grudge never ever results in what we think it will.
This is the good news of the gospel. Words that didn’t make sense together make sense now because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Trials, of all kinds, test our faith in crucible-like ways—ways that will show the greatness and goodness of God and result in our greater praise to him. This is, in part, because he endures the trials with us.
There is much good in young men rejecting passivity, taking responsibility, and seeking to better themselves. But the arteries of anger, victimhood, and aggressive machismo running through the new masculinity movement do not bode well.
There is no magical formula for you to faithfully walk with Jesus.
Oh, what a fulness must this be of which all receive!
In the Christian gospel, we have not only a God who answers our questions, but also a God who enters our pain. The fact that Jesus entered our world to live as a man of sorrows proves he’s trustworthy.
There is no “being the church” apart from “going to church.” The two are intrinsically connected.
When I look at the history of the Church, I am reminded that God often works wonders through deeply broken people, and through some of the darkest atrocities imaginable. My faith is not in Christians, but in Christ — a holy, good, and just God.
We are to handle our disagreements with humility, not with even an ounce of grumbling or quarreling.
The truth that God is in control of our suffering is offensive to many, but it is a truth we should want to embrace when faced with the alternatives.
FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, author and pastor's wife, "In an age of Instagram and Photoshop, why should we not be afraid to be real?"
This is a fit prayer for every day.
The New Testament is saturated with the local church. Trying to understand these 27 books apart from the local church is like playing baseball without the bases. You may be able to recognize the sport, but the path to winning has been eliminated.
To think rightly about what we deserve, we must start with God. Our flesh wants to make everything about us, as if the world revolves around humans, but creation tells a different tale.
We must be mindful to walk in humility, being open to learning what God has taught others, knowing that we are not the only saints who have traversed the path we are on.
My desire for rest is not wrong, it’s just often misplaced.
Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case?
Let stories be as bold, brash, and audacious as they were meant to be.
It is life and death. The wind is howling, the waves are building, and life is coming at me with all its fury. What have I to cling to? Hold fast to the gospel. Cling to Christ.
What are you hiding?
"Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening."
Against this dark backdrop of depravity beams the love of Christ.
Seeking the blessing of the city means knees will bow.
Charles Spurgeon preached at least 14 sermons about the New Year in his 38 years at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Though many themes arise in his comments, belief is as pervasive as any.
How great the light that casts the shadow!
Let faith and patience have their perfect work.
To my grandpa, the gospel was the good news of rest.
Are you slavishly protecting your Christian freedom to do everything that pleases you?
Christians stand on this confession not because it is a sweet sentimentality at holiday time, but because we know that it is integral to Christ’s gospel.
We are in real danger of allowing the disappointments of life to discolor our understanding of God.
Let all heaven say "Amen" to the praises of our hearts, and let the multitude of thy children here on earth, for whom this feast is spread, laud and magnify and bless thy name.
Seasonal celebrations have become more about seeking peace, gaining a glimpse of beauty, upholding tradition, or experiencing some other common grace than celebrating God incarnate.
The God who finished creating the world for his people is the same God who finishes the work of redemption for them.
When we refuse to listen to all of God’s word and substitute other, more palatable messages in its place, we set ourselves on a path to sin big-time.
Could you imagine how hopeless of a doctrine union with Christ would be if he remained in the tomb?
Why would Rembrandt place himself at the feet of Jesus as he is being hoisted up and crucified?
God cannot not be omnipresent. So for Jesus Christ to be God incarnate must not mean he was not also God omnipresent.
Even the best of friends and closest family need time to themselves, but not God.
From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, "Come, come unto me."