Why so much grief? Why waves upon waves upon waves of sorrows? If the Lord desired to deprive atheists and agnostics of ammunition for their powerful theodicy argument we would welcome the cessation of pain. Even for those of us committed to the Lord’s sovereignty have existential reasons to doubt when the miseries pile up.
Becoming more conscious that Jesus walked isn’t perhaps a profound revelation to you, but is necessary for you who fill every moment trying to attain maximum productivity. It isn’t Jesus-like to be harried in life, even if it seems noble to others.
Why then is it so easy for us to do this with the gift of salvation?
In all the chubby glory of his toothless grin and dimpled cheeks, he desperately needs Jesus to save him. If not, those beautiful feet can only run him away from God.
So, I was off to a great morning to jog and talk to the Lord. As I began to jog and pray, I became pretty convicted of all that I take for granted.
To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.
Let’s put the age-old adages away and say instead: I’m not as good as I think I am, I’m often worse than I realize, but thank God Christ is better than I imagine.
How can I continue to trust him if my faith is so weak in the first place?
The empty tomb is not only for faith for eternal life, though. The empty tomb is also for the work and business of this life.
Instead of obsessing about changing the world, what if we just gave ourselves to living in glad obedience to Jesus in the trenches of an ordinary life?
If we dig into Acts 1:8 we'll unlock a plethora of insight into what authentic "missional living" looks like.
Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. The espionage is everywhere.
His perfection becomes hers when he takes her filth with him in death.
You are encouraged to love one another as Christ has loved you, and a key way that happens is through the extension of merciful strength and aid in the face of failure.
After reading several dozen church planting manuals over the past few years, I’ve yet to see one with a chapter entitled, “Don’t freak out, they’re just gonna hate you.”
Let us listen to wisdom and grow in grace and knowledge as we seek to be the community that God intended for us to be.
I have much insecurity when it comes to the value of my input and wisdom. I always feel there is someone smarter, wiser, more experienced, and better qualified than I to speak on an issue. And the truth is that there is.
Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of failure and frustration in the Christian life, saying, “I hate myself”?
God was at work. The Holy Spirit powerfully wielded the Word in that place. I have no doubt that hundreds, if not thousands, of lives and ministries were altered in profound ways over those four days. Then I came home.
We know that we should value God more and above anything else, but we also know that we don’t always tell ourselves the truth. So how can we know what we truly value? I’d propose a simple exercise to find out . . .
Only a fool would leave God’s house to build a shack to impress him.
Boaz is one of those strange guys who does certain things because God exists.
Make no mistake, whatever your posture towards it may be right now, wherever you are in relationship to the web, it is serious stuff.
Even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives.
If we allow ourselves to be diverted and distracted all of the time we will scarcely enjoy the deeply meaningful seasons of discovery that come from thoughtful reflection.
His Word is full of commands that reveal the way in which we should live and how we should pray.
Sometimes we think that zinger of a Facebook post or that Twitter tirade is championing a cause, when in reality, all we really accomplish is alienating those who disagree.
The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin.
May it never been that you get to the point where you believe that all things are possible for you—that you can do anything on your own.
We must become desperate to find favor in the eyes of the LORD.
I was recently conversing with a good friend about the spiritual condition of the Church. He made a comment that I am sure is not exclusive to him, but struck me deeply: “We are not desperate enough yet.”
Making yourself the hero all the time is like playing dress-up.
How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .
I remember one time after church I came home all bent out of shape over how lonely I was. No one ever invited me to anything. I just really wanted adult interaction. My sweet husband just looked at me patiently and said, “Well, why don’t you invite some girls over?”
Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary. On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits. Don’t forget that.
Rejoice in such a way that the world takes notice and stands in admiration of and experiences longing for the joy your possess.
During my time in seminary I took a leadership course taught by the late-great Dr. Howard Hendricks. As we studied the life of David, Prof shared a study he conducted with a group of men in full-time ministry who had fallen into a morally disqualifying sin.
It does not matter if we think we’re worth it; He thinks we are.
Acts 2:42-47. A bunch of normal folks, like you and me, praying, eating, and worshiping together. It’s not much different than my church’s community groups that meet around the Dallas/Fort Worth area together. It’s a relief, a needed calm. And yet it isn’t calm at all . . .
As a young man, just converted to the faith and boiling over with anger toward my stepfather, I spent a lot of time praying imprecatory psalms. It wasn’t hard to cast myself in the image of the unjust sufferer, echoing David’s cries for vengeance on my enemies. But at some point during all that vitriol I read the book of Jonah . . .
We ought not, as men in Christ Jesus, to be carried away by a childish love of novelty, for we worship a God who is ever the same, and of whose years there is no end.
Why should the average Christian care about the study of ethics?
Three ways we can make the most of the journey through the wilderness to meet our Lord.
Developing new tastes take time. Instead of being frustrated by the time it takes to grow and love spiritual disciplines, think of time as your ally.
When you're staring at the end of the rope with the threads so frayed that you can't believe a rope once existed . . .
Living a Christian life means putting to death the right to live life on your own terms.
While the way of bargains and compromises might very well be the way in which most humans relate to each other, it is not the way that God relates with humanity. God is not a bargainer; He reconciles. God does not offer deals; he offers sovereign grace.
Confession: I used to roll my eyes at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions. After all, how many people actually keep them? I wondered.
Do not despair if you feel the flesh battling against the Spirit or if you cannot make it behave. For you to follow the guidance of the Spirit in all things without interference on the part of the flesh is impossible.