In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.
Too many of us look for the out so we can step away from the need, rather than looking for any way in to show the tenderness of Jesus and the love of God.
Despite my despair and self-pity when trials come my way, He lovingly draws me to Himself and reminds me there is so much more.
Coming face to face with the reality that maybe it’s actually not going to happen for you.
"If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what Grace has done for them."
When God gets involved, it doesn’t mean everything will be safe. It just means everything will matter.
The person who is always partying knows not the reality of this broken world.
The problem and the promise for those who fail morally is that Jesus will only deal with us on the playing field of reality.
When the perfect comes, the partial, half-measures of today will pass away, and no one will miss them.
Six lessons missionary John Stam learned while trusting God provide for all his needs.
The problem is when self-preservation becomes an ultimate thing, when safety becomes a god.
By God’s grace, hopefully we are moving in the direction where we know ourselves more and yet think of ourselves less.
There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this?
Because God put Jesus away on the cross, he will never put us away.
Our brothers and sisters in Christ are God’s gifts to steady us, to laugh with us, to remind us of the mission we are on together for Christ’s fame.
We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?
While it would be nice for all of us to get a sabbatical to sort through everything, we all still have responsibilities, jobs, families, and friends that we can’t block out for an extended season until we are motivated by the gospel again. In these things, we must learn dependence in our weakness and watch the truth of scripture come to real life around us.
Jesus went willingly into the weakness of flesh, to make himself like us so he could save us.
God exposed my misplaced allegiance by closing doors that, if opened, would’ve led down a path of continual self-destruction and false worship.
Truths about God far transcend our fleeting emotions and distressing circumstances. So we choose to rehearse these truths when God seems far away, to praise Him even when we cannot feel Him.
He may not change your circumstances, but he will give peace in the midst of hardship as he promised.
Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.
Yes, we fail, but God is good and worthy to be worshiped. He accepts us by the blood of Christ. We can draw near to him right now.
The best news of all is that Christ fighting for us. In fact, he already fought for us. And he won.
Peter’s darkest episode exposed his prideful heart, but it also led him to the humblest of repentance.
When you’ve wrestled with God and prevailed with a blessing, it has a way of breaking the spell of insecurity and fear.
Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether.
Don’t stop showing up, Christian. In fact, if you are doubting today, it’s the best time to show up again.
It’s not that God doesn’t want good things for us; he certainly does. But what God defines as good is himself. Everything else just gets in the way.
The work of the Lord through his church has never looked like a well-oiled machine.
The ministry of love outside of Sunday morning gatherings creates the credibility that not only arrests, but keeps the attention of those inside the church and outside it.
We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems. So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?
I’ve been told that becoming an older man guarantees more aches and pains. I hope it also means more hopeful discipling, and more earnest prayer. May the Lord help me.
Despite the harsh criticism often given of them, Job's friends show us how to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our listening.
You cannot love Christ as an attachment to life, either in an intentional part-time way or a part-hearted way.
The essence of Christianity is the believer’s union with Christ.
No so-called "expert," when surveyed, associated the good life with being poor, mournful, and meek. But if you asked Jesus that very same question, that’s where he’d start.
Living in the present, with a forgiven past, and secured future, will definitely lead to a happier life.
Beloved, you have a Wonderful Counselor. Heed his instruction about what is better.
God asks for our faithfulness, but we don't get to choose the shape our faithfulness takes.
If you are a Christian, but bored, maybe you need to lose something
What do you do when life feels like this? When weakness is the air you breathe?
What we do helps define who we are. As Christians, we must view our vocations as opportunities for worship and witness in the world. We must “work heartily, as for the Lord.”
We are to see the good things we have not as hindrances to salvation or growth in Christ but as gifts God has given us.
Grace primarily means that we see one another as new creations in Christ, and we recognize the grace we received at salvation is continuing its work as a change agent in our lives.
We are children of God adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ.
Sin doesn’t make you more real. Sin makes you more dead.
We may not always understand why the Father prunes the way He does.