The work of the Lord through his church has never looked like a well-oiled machine.
We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems. So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?
Despite the harsh criticism often given of them, Job's friends show us how to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our listening.
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.
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.
We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.
After we take our places, we wait for the bride to make her entrance. As the congregation stands and the doors open, I look at the bride—but then I always take a peek at the groom.
We’ve got to wake up.
We are here as the "salt of the earth," to be a blessing to the world.
But what if your name has already been given to you, and your legacy has already been achieved?
As we let the idea of the Lord's Prayer soak deeper into our hearts, we are confronted sometimes by our individualistic excess.
Faith that always looks at self and surroundings, rather than Jesus, has no power over the tsunamis of your life.
O Jesus, if thou come not in person to thy waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.
Did our Lord chafe during these pre-ministry years? Did he long to get started preaching the kingdom?
The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.
If you live in pursuit of the things of this world in an attempt to satisfy the longing of your soul, then you will die empty.
When the reality that your true address is on high in heaven with Christ, then you will think, live and talk as such here on earth.
For the Christian, Christ’s honor and name are at stake with each and every word that piles out of our mouth.
Until the heart is transformed, we are no more than broken people breaking people—the wounded inflicting more wounds on the already wounded.
Jesus is saying that on judgment day, your words will be like a traceable cookie crumb trail leading to an unarguable conclusion - you’re either dead in sin or alive in Christ.
God has entrusted each of us with an almost immeasurable quantity of words, a gargantuan gift to be stewarded and wielded for His glory.
I'm afraid if I go further down the path, the next spot won't be as comfortable.
Ever since I got hyper on Piper towards the end of my high school years, I've found myself growing into a deeper understanding of the doctrines of grace, to the point that now most of my mornings and evenings are happily spent reading men like Charles Spurgeon (see what I did there?).
No one obligates you to do what you delight in. You do it freely, without external compulsion or obligation. So it is to be with God’s people and God’s word.
Today is my first day back from two weeks of vacation. The time off was great, and because the vacation was a real success I'm eager to get back to the regular life God has called me to. This is the real end (goal) of all our recreation: to fit us to do what God has called us to. Richard Baxter says it well:
No doubt but…
A large-hearted Christian has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within.
Given the variety of difficult circumstances in our lives, recalling and trusting the promises of God can feel nearly impossible. Thankfully, our gracious God provides a model for trust through his gracious Son.
Unfortunately, we live in the very present world and waiting is hard. Joining David,
we cry out with the familiar refrain of ‘how long?’
Exercise thy right, O believer, and live up to thy privilege.
We need the Holy Spirit to awaken us to God and to real freedom—the freedom found in God himself.
He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient?
He professes to live for Christ; how can he live for another object without committing a spiritual adultery?
These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.
God have mercy on us if we consider any possession to be so precious that we would prefer it over Him.
An upright life is a grace to others.
The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out.
The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.
This is something that I never could have orchestrated on my own.
You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph.
Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being.
To take up the cross is to take up joy—painful joy, but real joy.
Don’t despise the walls that law built, they serve a significant purpose. The prison was built in order for us to open our eyes and long for freedom.