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.
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.
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.
As John Piper says, “Don’t waste your life!” Oh my, what if I accidentally do?
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'.
I didn't want to get married. But I knew I was turning away a gift from God . . .
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.
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.
The sun shall not shine, the wind shall not blow, to the church’s hurt.
The Bible tells us over and over again that the way we treat others is a reflection of what’s going on inside us.
As beautiful as the temple was, it was but a shadow of the magnificence of Christ.
Here are 9 practical ways to help you and I become disciple-making disciples.
Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.
There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .
If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.
Money is part of our discipleship. How baptized are our pocketbooks?
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.
Love seeks understanding.
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.
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.
The importance of repentance is hard to overstate.
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.
Unforgiveness is not an obedience issue—it's a belief issue.
This step of humility has a very high success rate because it does one thing right away: it fires our prestigious lawyers.
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.
"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.
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.
As we’re “walking” with the Spirit, here’s what He does for us . . .
The gospel re-establishes our identity so that we understand who we are in light of whose we are.