Side with the afflicted people of God, and not with the world.
If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.
We’re in a battle after all. Haven’t you heard?
We must not become earth-rich and God-poor.
The lesson of wisdom is, be not dismayed by soul-trouble. Count it no strange thing, but a part of ordinary ministerial experience.
Therefore, the demand of Jesus stands, and there is sufficient reason to obey it with joy and courage. Don't be anxious about the ordinary needs of life, and don't fear the threats of man.
If we want our prayers to do the most good for the largest number of people, we must include those in our prayers whose decisions create the circumstances in which the purposes of the Gospel prosper.
Because the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we must not waste our lives.
Can a lack of sleep indicate a spiritual problem? Does the Bible say anything to guide us in our sleep patterns?
God doesn’t just want begrudging obedience. He desires us to have hearts which reflect His.
While distracted driving is bad, distracted living can be great. In fact, it can be liberating.
Words, even truth, not carefully spoken can damage relationships and cause division among brothers and sisters.
Other than in temporary moments of devotional solitude, there was never a time when Jesus was not with his men. After Jesus called his disciples, he had them with him doing ministry.
It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.
Rest requires faith and is the expression of faith.
Take heart, we have a God on the throne who sends us rain from dark rain clouds to make us grow.
The darkness that seems to hide the face of grace is actually a defeated darkness. It is inferior to the power of God’s unchanging light and grace. That’s like saying that clouds can smother the Sun.
So what are your hands?
Crucifying the defensive impulse is so difficult because it essentially means choosing to allow others to misunderstand you, misjudge you, and even malign you.
The Lord loves a straight shooter
It is not about your house or your meal; it is about the Christ-centered fellowship that takes place at your house over your meal.
We may want to believe that we can do anything if we just believe in ourselves, but we are saved by faith in Christ, not faith in ourselves.
Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf.
It was a crisis of faith, born under the lights of Friday night Texas football.
See yourself taking down those smiling pictures from the wall and taping up the moving boxes, unsure if you’ll ever open them again. Do you see it? Sin doesn’t tell you about those days, does it?
Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him.
We overlook “respectable sins” not only because they are pervasive, but also because they don't seem as bad as others that get more press. But when we turn a blind eye to these "ordinary" sins, they begin to fester.
The enemy delights in hijacking relational complications for his purpose of disunity.
A community that lives with love enough to both provide and receive gentle rebukes from one another makes for an incredible family.
You are undersized in the fight, but the Holy Spirit that indwells you is anything but.
The deep and regular confession of sin is one of the paths we walk to experience close communion with Jesus Christ. Its absence is certain to lead to a weakening faith, and a lack humility, joy, and zeal. Yet I have found some Christians who are uncomfortable with a push toward the ongoing confession of one's sins as if it's guilt-driven religion. But, the confession of our sins is not…
God allows us to continue to struggle with our sins so that we are complete not in ourselves, but in Christ.
Community isn’t something that comes to us; it’s something that we go toward.
What we need is a trust in God that can endure seasons of discomfort by denying ourselves.
"So much content; so little wisdom."
For Paul, having Christ as his credential was something that could not be improved upon by any other accomplishment. For Paul and for us - Christ is enough.
I am nothing without Christ’s righteousness.
Good conversation went fugitive with the invasion of electronic media. Yet you long for it, and so do those in your circle of acquaintances. Believers in Christ ought to be excellent at it. Even our non-believing friends ought to leave us saying, “That was the best conversation I’ve had for months.”
If we are to follow Jesus, then we must have a growing understanding that the Christian does not operate in the realm of desperation.
Since we have been saved by and testify to the Gospel of Christ, we should speak in such as way as to represent Him well in our conversations.
Following Jesus will often lead us directly toward what we do not understand.
It’s easier to disengage altogether in the places we could engage well.
The gospel is a message to every discontented heart that says the pathway to contentment is open to all who would come to Jesus in faith.
There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun.
The beauty of identifying with Christ is that He doesn’t need defending.
God cares for His people from beginning to end, throughout all circumstances. We do not rely on an unsympathetic God, or one who is distant or emotionally uninvolved.
When we accept that God’s kingdom comes through hands other than our own, we’ve begun to relinquish control of our own kingdom as it’s eclipsed by his.
More often than not, the burden of comparison leaves us shattered beneath its weight. In Christ, we have the opportunitiy to exchange false remedies for the healing balm of the gospel.
Whether you live in the country, the ‘burbs, or a global city, you have the opportunity to honor the Lord and taste the enthralling power of his gospel.