Resources on Christian Life

Apr 24, 2015

But We See Jesus by Glenn Lucke

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.

Oct 23, 2015

Busy Unlike Jesus by Jim Elliff

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.

Jan 23, 2016

Bragging About Accepting Jesus is Weird by Jared Sparks

Why then is it so easy for us to do this with the gift of salvation?

Sep 1, 2015

Born This Way by Tish Hedger

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.

Jan 22, 2016

Blind to My Blessings by Adam McClendon

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.

Oct 29

Better to Gaze Upon Him by Charles Spurgeon

To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.

Aug 30, 2016

Better Than I Used To Be by Jeff Higgins

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.

Jun 20, 2016

Be Strengthened by Grace by Kristen Wetherell

How can I continue to trust him if my faith is so weak in the first place?

Apr 11, 2016

Belief, Work, and Resurrection by Jenna Fleming

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.

Aug 1, 2015

Being Spectacularly Unspectacular for the Kingdom by Staff

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?

Oct 10, 2015

Be Empowered Everywhere by Zach Barnhart

If we dig into Acts 1:8 we'll unlock a plethora of insight into what authentic "missional living" looks like.

Sep 11, 2016

Because There Are Spies Everywhere by Charles Spurgeon

Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. The espionage is everywhere.

Mar 3

Beauty for Ashes: The Groom and His Bride by Peyton Hill

His perfection becomes hers when he takes her filth with him in death.

Apr 26

Bearing with the Failings of the Weak by Kole Farney

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. 

May 17, 2015

Bearing Fruit in a World That Hates You by Brandon Shields

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.”

Oct 30, 2015

A Word of Caution from John 16 by Adam McClendon

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.

Jul 16, 2015

A Voice To Be Heard by Joshua Hedger

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.

May 12, 2015

Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin by Paul Maxwell

Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of failure and frustration in the Christian life, saying, “I hate myself”?

Oct 7, 2015

A Tree Between Two Mountains by Chris Thomas

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.

Mar 24, 2016

A Simple Exercise to Determine What You Value by Michael Kelley

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 . . .

Aug 15

A Shack to Impress God by David McLemore

Only a fool would leave God’s house to build a shack to impress him.

Dec 4

As God Lives by Jared C. Wilson

Boaz is one of those strange guys who does certain things because God exists.

Jul 2, 2015

A Roach, A Spider and A Tangled Web by Katie McCoy

Make no mistake, whatever your posture towards it may be right now, wherever you are in relationship to the web, it is serious stuff.

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.

Nov 29

Are You Praying the Right Thing When You Pray to Know God's Will? by Michael Kelley

His Word is full of commands that reveal the way in which we should live and how we should pray.

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.

Nov 16

A Praiseworthy Perspective by Adam McClendon

Rejoice in such a way that the world takes notice and stands in admiration of and experiences longing for the joy your possess.

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.