The letter to the Galatians reminds us that the faith that saved us is the faith we still walk by and the Spirit that regenerated us is the Spirit that grows holiness within us.
While the attributes of God’s wrath and God’s love may seem to clash to our spiritual ears, they were in perfect harmony in Jesus’ death on the cross.
Many would rather live it up now and use the party they create out of their life as a sedative numbing them to the certainty of what lies ahead in death.
When you hear of new appeals for tolerance of sinful behavior in the churches, remember that this is not a nascent problem, but the old Corinthian problem revived.
I am transformed from a person who balks at King David’s selfishness and short-sightedness into a person who bawls alongside of him.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and we fear God through Jesus.
If the Lord who counts every star came down from heaven to die in your place when you were his enemy, is it likely that he has forgotten you?
Just as we appreciate the skill of a spectacular soloist, or an elite athlete, or simply a brilliant coworker, we can appreciate the work of an artist.
The essence of Christianity is the believer’s union with Christ.
There can be a temptation to put believers who are suffering in a petri dish, watching to see if they grow evidence that will confirm our doctrinal beliefs without making us too uncomfortable in the process.
As God’s revelation to man, the Bible comes with binding authority.
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.