Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.
The Lord grant the sweet showers of his grace to water his garden this day.
Your failure does not define you, nor do the echoes of your sin. Jesus speaks a better story, and the grave does not have the final word.
When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.
In Acts, the disciples set the criteria for who would be chosen, and they land on two possible candidates: Joseph and Matthias. They cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias. This, of course, had to be a downer to Joseph.
Maybe he’s not the fool; maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s my eyesight. Is it possible that I’m conversing with the One who can draw water without a bucket?
“I heard your CD today,” she tells me. “You have a great voice. You could’ve been something!” I could’ve been something, yes, and by God’s grace I didn’t.
One of the most frustrating aspects of counseling students is the response of many parents. As I try to dig down to the heart issues, many parents want to rush to "relocate" their kids. The parents often think the solution is relocation: a new school, a "ranch" for extended counseling, or an extended trip to stay with family.
When they dropped their nets, the disciples broke with the past and fully embraced the future with Jesus.
As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people.
Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?
You will find in the long run that it is far harder to shun the work and will of God than to at once yield yourself to it.
"What X marks the spot for me?"
You have a worship problem.
The Lord provides the strength needed for the obedience he requires.
So according to Jesus things are going to continue to get worse but that shouldn’t be cause for concern for us.
When we are tempted to doubt the Father's faithfulness, we have no further to look than His provision of Christ.
Effective ministry is not simply saying, “Take this Bible verse and call me in the morning."
For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.
God's good word gives us the ability to simply breathe, to live, every single day.
How dare we question the faithfulness, the grace, the mercy, and the love of God because he has not orchestrated circumstances to attend to our every desire?
The church flourishing in spite of persecution is not the stuff of American church culture; it's the stuff of the New Testatment and we should not be surprised by it.
According to the Bible, we experience loneliness not because there is something wrong with us, but because there is something right with us.
The question we must all answer is, are we willing to be thought a fool for the sake of Jesus?
To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.
We want a 12 step program that takes us from sinner to saint with black and white rules to get there.
I wonder if, in all our talk of discipleship and mentoring and "pouring into", we've created for ourselves a culture of entitlement.
But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it?
To trust him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!
The reason your scarlet sins can be made white as snow is because Jesus' scarlet blood covers them.
What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect.
It seems as though the designation “man of God” has gone the way of the bus ministry and the youth choir—a largely passé referent to a bygone era of church life.
Jonah, David, and Paul saw the value of sometimes putting their worst foot forward as a way to show a watching world how long, high, wide and deep is the love of God.
We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.
“Come, get under my shade,” the bramble calls. “I will take care of you.”
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.
When our plans go awry it can be easy to spiral into complaining and self-pity.
Sometimes we don't went to do what we are created for. And in that moment we make a common mistake. We think since our heart isn't in it we shouldn't do it.
How God views me is not based on my performance but based on Christ’s perfect performance and sacrifice on my behalf.
Christians have the power to “do relationships” in an entirely unworldly way.
This does not make pain painless, of course, but it doesn’t make it purposeless either.
In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.
Too many of us look for the out so we can step away from the need, rather than looking for any way in to show the tenderness of Jesus and the love of God.
Coming face to face with the reality that maybe it’s actually not going to happen for you.
"If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what Grace has done for them."
When God gets involved, it doesn’t mean everything will be safe. It just means everything will matter.
The person who is always partying knows not the reality of this broken world.
The problem and the promise for those who fail morally is that Jesus will only deal with us on the playing field of reality.
Six lessons missionary John Stam learned while trusting God provide for all his needs.