The ministry of reconciliation continually provides a clear, unobstructed avenue to grace to all of those who need to hear the gospel, which includes all of us!
Ashamed friend: look to the shamed one on the cross and know his shame was for you. His shame was so that you might not be ashamed, that his welcome would overcome the world’s rejection.
The more we orient our lives around Him, the more His Spirit shapes and even transforms our plans.
We should be so dependent on God that our first ingrained action should be to pray to Him when times get tough or even when we start a new day.
Eventually, if we actually believe what we believe, obedience will be the tell-tale sign that follows us.
Pride can only bring bondage and discontentment because you do not have the power to compel the world to affirm you on your terms.
This is where I am - covered by water and desperate for God’s help every moment to truly believe this flood is a gift.
We walk around incomplete or empty, longing to once again be complete in God.
Aren’t we left here in this in-between time to point others to the Lamb of God?
Wear your shield, Christian, and cry mightily unto God, that by his Spirit you may endure to the end.
We couldn’t reach up on the top shelf to get God, so God places himself on the bottom shelf—right within our reach—in the person of Jesus Christ, the carpenter from Nazareth.
My problem? I tend to think God forgives like I do.
Faith is not about impersonal plans, unfolding programs, or divine principles. Faith is heartfelt trust in the person of Christ.
We are not to expect that God will give us everything we choose to ask for. We know that we sometimes ask, and do not receive, because we ask amiss.
Apart from a broken spirit that sees how much we need Christ first and foremost, these betterments are futile.
The best this world offers is incomplete.
Nothing can provide a better picture of the relationship between believers to Christ than marriage. It explains why loving submission and sacrificial authority is so important.
The wisdom of God is more than just right thinking; it’s the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.
Jesus is commanding a life of faithfulness, of loyalty, and yes, in many cases, sacrifice. But He is not unaware of what He’s asking. He understands.
Our goals as Christian women should and will look different the more we behold Christ and, in desperation, throw everything aside and root ourselves in him. Only then can we be immovable, unshakable, laughing at the days to come.
How blessed to feel assured that the Lord is with us in all our ways, and condescends to go down into our humiliations and banishments with us!
The truth that sets us free, like the truth that set free the original audience of Genesis, is that the God of the universe created us.
God knows our idols will ultimately disappoint us and leave us empty, so He gets us alone into the wilderness to win our affections back.
The love of the cross rescues us from an idolatrous love of self. This gospel rescue doesn’t destroy personal confidence; it is the only true ground of it.
Dear friends, can you, by faith, see yourselves in that number?
Knowing the trajectory of the things of this world and their declared and promised end should drive us to place our hope and trust in God and not the world.
Here’s Christ’s kingdom offer: all our striving and trying for all his finished and accomplished.
We often neglect or ignore that Paul learned contentment both in times of frustration and in times of favor.
If you have lost the sweet sense of the Saviour's presence, and are seeking him with a sorrowful heart, remember the promises.
Much of the Christian life does not involve suffering, but is one of mundane, normal days under the good gifts from the Father of the heavenly lights. These days are crucial in our sanctification.
We have the one message of hope our crumbling culture and our challenging congregations need. Now our calling is to follow through.
Who is God? What is he like? How do we come to know him? To whom are we speaking when we go to God in prayer?
God is never surprised by our sin.
We must trust that these in-between days where we can’t see God at work are not signs that he’s turned his back on us.
Mankind has exchanged the truth of God for a lie and seems happy about it.
Jesus has a word for you today about tomorrow.
Our restoration begins with a change in what we’re searching for.
Christ at the right hand of God hath all power in heaven and in earth.
Despite my despair and self-pity when trials come my way, He lovingly draws me to Himself and reminds me there is so much more.
Though a relatively short work, Queen Katherine Parr's The Lamentation of a Sinner is a deeply personal and overwhelmingly theological confession of her unworthiness for the grace of God.
Jesus is not the poster boy for old-time religion. He’s not the Bible Belt co-pilot. He’s not the post-modern homeboy. Jesus is the covenant-making God filling up the old in himself and pouring out the newness we long for.
I deeply believe that for those of us who are over 60, the most profound growth still lies ahead of us.
For those of us living in the twenty-first century, how one understands the relationship of their faith in Christ and their obedience to Christ makes all the difference for living a life of joy and God-glorifying freedom.
We long for the whitewashed memories to be a present reality.
O beloved, if God declares that all is well, ten thousand devils may declare it to be ill, but we laugh them all to scorn.
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.