Upon receiving this gift of life, God indwells us by his Spirit, changing our behavior and outlook for the eternal future.
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.
Know by full assurance thy glorious standing.
We are not to do good to meet a goal, exercise a gift, or fulfill a calling.
Self-sufficient living brings disastrous results.
From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, "Come, come unto me."
When you and I encounter trials, we need the ability to see what God is doing, to see that our trials are not wasted.
Here are 9 practical ways to help you and I become disciple-making disciples.
A Christian’s confidence in fear is that God does exist as One who, of his own incomprehensible decision and grace, rewards those who seek him
One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort.
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.
Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.
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 gospel redefines everything. No part of our lives is untouched by God’s redemptive power, including our relationships.
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.
I'm not convinced this thing can be settled online at all. But it's effecting real life relationships and it's effecting local churches, so the least we can do is start thinking and rethinking in terms of our online discourse.
Our anxiety is tempered by remembering that we have a Father who gives good gifts.
When I took my first pastorate, a frequent comment from my congregation was, “You're too skinny to be Southern Baptist. We'll do something about that!” I must admit, over the past five years, remaining healthy has been an uphill battle.
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.
Trust that God is at work in your heart, and vulnerability is good because He makes it good.
"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.
Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers.
Lay down the luggage of condemnation and kneel in worship at the feet of Him who bore your sins.
We are more superstitious than we’d like to admit if we find that God just can’t seem to live up to our expectations.
We shine forth God's characteristics to the world.
Christians, proclaming the gospel is an urgent matter. Let us look at our lives to see what’s keeping us from allowing it to be so.
These reminders help us eliminate the shame we feel after disobedience and push us to repent of our sin even when we're tempted to wallow in it. They are "gospelisms"—truths about the gospel that are easy to preach to one another when we begin to forget the gospel—and I hope that they help you as they have helped me.
If we aren’t extremely careful, we can forget that when we discard God’s definition of success, we endanger ourselves and our people.
What does it look like to boast in the Lord? There is, of course, the most straight forward meaning – that boasting in the Lord is not being proud of your own accomplishments, but instead sharing freely and loudly what Jesus has done on the cross. But is that the only way to boast in the Lord?
A good leader is… 1. Humble enough to admit his mistakes
Surrender your self-righteousness. Refuse to shift blame onto people and circumstances.
2. Wise enough to profit from them
Surrender your self-protection. Open yourself to the correction and insight of others.
3. Courageous enough to correct them
Surrender your comfort. Pour yourself into the mission.
The experience of failing does not…
One active way we can remind ourselves of our comparative insignificance is to do something we’re probably going to be bad at.
I turned 40 last month and as I reflect on God’s goodness in my life and on what I have to look forward to in Christ, my soul is full and content. I can’t wait for the future, gray hair and all.
You may or may not have reason for self-pity today. If you do, there is good reason to fight that impulse.
God, in his forever patience, humbles me over and over again and reminds me of my need for help from Him.
Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.
In short, these idols are just another version of my worst self.
God has not left us wondering about His character. He has not left us without the validation of who He is and what He is like.