Resources on Christian Life

Jan 8

Are You Unholy About Holiness? by Charles Spurgeon

Even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives.

Feb 24

Are You Suffocating Your Creativity? by Erik Raymond

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.

Sep 16, 2015

Are You Persuading or Polarizing? by Katie McCoy

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.

Nov 18, 2016

Are You Married to the Law of Christ? by Jared Sparks

The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin. 

Nov 1, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? - Part 3 by Micheal Pardue

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.

Oct 25, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? - Part 2 by Micheal Pardue

We must become desperate to find favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Jul 22, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? by Micheal Pardue

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.”

Sep 27

Are You Always the Hero of Your Stories? by Erik Raymond

Making yourself the hero all the time is like playing dress-up.

Jan 16

Are You a Confirmation Bias Christian? by Jared C. Wilson

How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .

Jul 18, 2016

Are You A Complainer or A Fixer? by Margaret Bronson

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?”

Jun 20, 2015

A Privileged People by Adam McClendon

Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary.  On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits.  Don’t forget that.

Jul 31, 2014

A Pattern Among Fallen Pastors by Garrett Kell

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.

Sep 21

An Old Church Building and a Reminder of Grace by K.V. Paxton

 It does not matter if we think we’re worth it; He thinks we are. 

Apr 22, 2015

An Invitation to Expectation by Brandon D. Smith

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 . . .

Apr 22, 2015

Angry Enough to Die by Russell L. Meek

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 . . .

Jan 3, 2016

A New Year's Sermon from Spurgeon by Charles Spurgeon

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.

Jun 15, 2015

Andrew Walker on Christian Ethics

Why should the average Christian care about the study of ethics?

Series: Conversations

Why should the average Christian care about the study of ethics?

Aug 15

An Arranged Marriage by Jesse Benack

Three ways we can make the most of the journey through the wilderness to meet our Lord.

Jun 16, 2015

An Acquired Taste by Michael Kelley

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.

Mar 2, 2016

A Mighty Fortress by David McLemore

When you're staring at the end of the rope with the threads so frayed that you can't believe a rope once existed . . .

May 30

A Living Sacrifice by David McLemore

Living a Christian life means putting to death the right to live life on your own terms.

Jul 19, 2016

Ain’t No Bargainin' With God by Joshua Jenkins

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.

Dec 31, 2015

A Guide to Biblical New Year’s Resolutions by Kristen Wetherell

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.

May 1, 2015

A God-Pleasing Despair by Staff

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.

Aug 1

A Fruitful Life by Leslie Shuler

As John Piper says, “Don’t waste your life!” Oh my, what if I accidentally do?

Mar 17, 2016

Advice for Keyboard Crusaders by Chris Thomas

Yet both my personal experience and anecdotal observations, tell me that the vast majority of 'robust dialogue' or 'authentic conversation' is a poor front for what the Bible calls 'meddling in controversies'.

Oct 18, 2015

Adversity Can Drive Our Affections to Christ by Liz Wann

I didn't want to get married. But I knew I was turning away a gift from God . . .

Nov 19, 2015

A Distorted Vision of Self in the Face of Ahaz by Adam McClendon

As I piously read Ahaz’s failure, I began to ponder how we in the church, all too often, act similarly in resorting to the ways of the word while ignoring God’s promises.

Dec 11, 2015

A Discipleship Inventory by Samuel Stephens

Through Christ’s teachings on discipleship, I guide my counselees in taking a personal inventory of their current ways of thinking and living so they can discern where their thinking has gone wrong and how their heart has become hardened to biblical truth.

Aug 23, 2015

A Christian is a Person Who Can Never Be Conquered by Staff

The sun shall not shine, the wind shall not blow, to the church’s hurt.

Jul 4

A Checkpoint for Your Ambition by Michael Kelley

The Bible tells us over and over again that the way we treat others is a reflection of what’s going on inside us.

Jan 3

A Better Temple by Joshua Jenkins

As beautiful as the temple was, it was but a shadow of the magnificence of Christ.

Dec 14, 2015

9 Ways To Become a Disciple-Making Disciple by Phil Bartuska

Here are 9 practical ways to help you and I become disciple-making disciples.

Jan 12

8 Important Things About the Young Timothy by Adam McClendon

Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.

Apr 24

8 Departure Dangers from Gospel-Centrality by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .

Nov 24, 2016

7 Ways to Kill Thanksgiving in Your Heart by Jared C. Wilson

If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.

Nov 22, 2015

7 Reasons to Give Generously by Darin Smith

Money is part of our discipleship.  How baptized are our pocketbooks?

Jan 5, 2016

7 Principles of Sabbath Rest by Gavin Ortlund

Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.

Jul 17, 2015

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Daily Devos by Chris Martin

Here are five easy ways that you can engage with the Bible in such a way that you may get a little more out of your daily devotions.

Oct 27, 2015

5 Things You Should Never Do On Facebook (As A Multilevel Marketing Business Owner) by Julie Masson

Since I love to help women business owners be effective on social media, I find that a lot of people that ask me for help are those that work from home as a “consultant” or “rep” for a Multi-Level Marking (MLM) company. Here is my short and condensed list of things that you definitely should NOT do if you want to go far with your business.

Oct 1, 2015

5 Steps of Repentance by Joel Lindsey

The importance of repentance is hard to overstate.

Aug 29, 2015

5 Christian Lifehacks - Debunked by Adam McClendon

The desire for instant gratification has also crept into the church to combine with this self-gratifying approach to the spiritual life. As a result, we often want an instant spirituality that results in comfort.

Oct 26, 2016

5 Building Blocks of Forgiveness

A Reflection on Philemon 1:1-7

Unforgiveness is not an obedience issue—it's a belief issue.

Nov 5, 2015

4 Magic Words For Your Next Argument by Erik Raymond

This step of humility has a very high success rate because it does one thing right away: it fires our prestigious lawyers.

Nov 14, 2015

4 Gospel-Shaped Praises of Thanks to God by Darin Smith

What should you put on that master list for life? Only one thing is necessary: to praise God for who He is and for what he has done for us in Christ.

May 29, 2015

4 Disciplines of a Healthy Identity by Tish Hedger

"Pastor’s wife" became foundational to my identity instead of solely my calling. These impossible expectations personified into an inner coach who barked orders and criticized when demands where unmet. This inner voice was my constant companion choking out truth.

Oct 6, 2016

3 Ways to Welcome Others as Christ Has Welcomed You by Kristen Wetherell

Through Christ, God has called every Christian to welcome other believers, whether through the doors of the church, in the pew, or while “doing life” during the week.

Mar 31, 2016

3 Ways the Spirit Works in Us by Darrin Patrick

As we’re “walking” with the Spirit, here’s what He does for us . . .

Jan 13, 2016

3 Ways the Gospel Impacts Our Gratitude by Becky Wilson

The gospel re-establishes our identity so that we understand who we are in light of whose we are.