The first step to our nation's renewal is going to be the repentance of every individual man, woman and child who names the name of Jesus.
Most people tend to have foes and fans but very few people have friends. Too few people enjoy true relationships with other people.
The commitments the Bible illustrates for us are for our good. They are not to shackle us to burdens or to place weight.
One enters into eternal peace and joy. The other? “Depart from me. I never knew you.”
While self-condemnation might come off as holy in our churchified contexts, the truth is that self-condemnation is more than a bad character trait; it’s sin in and of itself.
We all have that sin. The one we thought was long conquered, long forgotten, and long paid for by Christ's precious blood. Then one day it emerges, reminding us that we are not yet perfected, and riddling us with guilt.
David’s sin didn’t start with Bathsheba in his bed; it started with Bathsheba in his mind.
I feel her scratch my itching ears with her words, saying just what I wish I heard from the people around me. And here’s what she sounds like . . .
How do you inspire fellow believers to take up the call to make disciples?
There is a kind of shame that is both redeeming and sanctifying and it may bring us to gospel heights otherwise unknown.
I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.
Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God . . .
His pleasure was rooted in the harvest he hoped for.
Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side.
I have a sneaking suspicion that people like this, the ones that serve quietly and without fanfare, but with great faithfulness, are the true heroes in the kingdom of heaven.
“Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the gospel in our souls.”
The goal for all pastors, and all Christians really, is the pursuit of knowing and worshiping God as He really is and not as we have merely imagined Him to be.
We are not running to Christ-likeness, we are running to Christ.
The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.
Give it up. Allow yourself to be nobody. Have a seat at the end of the table and you might just find Jesus sitting there too.
If God is calling you to experience the painful paradox of Christian friendship, know this brothers and sisters, he is good.
The promises of God are not just promises to visit us with favor and blessings.
Our righteouness goes beyond legalism when we obey the true intent of the law.
Their works cannot take them out of God's favor because their works didn't put them into God's favor.
Those who worship idols eventually become like the idols they worship.
Relationships are costly endeavors, and if you’re like me, it’s a battle many times to get passed that cost. But there is a phrase you can say to yourself that will help you embrace that cost, and it’s not as complicated as you might think.
If the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, how can we be so unmoved by it?
God employs his people to encourage one another.
Words are something our Creator loves as well. He spoke the world into existence with words, sent his Son as the Word, and the Spirit breathed perfectly all the words we have in the Bible as Scripture. Thus, the Christian life is a life clothed and shaped by words even as some of those words require hard work to gain their full meaning.
O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost.
If the gospel is an ocean, then a trip to the beach does not suffice.
When we feel like our lives are a mess and hope seems to be just beyond arm’s length, we know that God has sent Jesus into the mess of this world and then became a mess for us. And it helps us see the need to extend the hope of the gospel to those whose lives seem hopelessly a mess.
Why would a college graduate give up his $25,000 in savings, abandon his car, and change his name to “Alex Supertramp?”
Grace, in part, is a linguistic category. It is not only works done for us; it’s also words spoken to us.
"The Christian life is the life of sons and daughters; it is not the life of slaves. It is freedom, not bondage. Of course, we are slaves of God, of Christ, and of one another. We belong to God, to Christ, to one another, and we love to serve those to whom we belong. But this kind of service is freedom.
"What the Christian life is not, is…
Though some denominations historically have wrongly understood the call to moral holiness and perfection to mean that sinners can attain perfection on this earth, the pursuit of holiness is no less important.
In his temptation, Jesus understood that not even a legitimate need should be met in illegitimate ways.
The newest addition to my family is a Patterdale Terrier named Django. With a name like that, it's no surprise that I'm fascinated by Quentin Tarantino's art. He's a master at his craft. His movies are some of the most violent and gritty that have ever been made, but also some of the most provocative.
Tarantino's films show us the genius of how mundane conversation can lead to…
What is the key to unlock the deep mysteries of eternal life? A humble recognition that we don’t have it all together.
Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.
While pastors rest in the finished work of Christ, there is a healthy burden we should feel for leading the way for our congregation in obedience to the Word of God. They should be able to look at our lives and we should be able to say the words of Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
Why memorize the Scriptures? What would be the benefits of this practice that most people would consider obsolete today, in an age in which the digital revolution has all but made it redundant?
What if the autonomy you seemingly operate under really casts something of an illusion?
Life transitions remind me that identity is a complex topic and not something that can be reduced to one or two things, like being a wife and mother. There are many layers that make up who we are, but the one most important layer is the foundation.
Living in a fallen world means living in perpetual winter, at least in the morning. With each frosty morning, we must grab our tools and get to work.
Would to God, that we might feel his presence this day and every day.
All of this makes me wonder: If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I?
There is this really magical thing that happens in homes all over the world. When you first have a child, you want your child to crawl. And then you want your kid to walk. My first child, Audrey, pulled herself to the coffee table. When she got to the coffee table, she began to bounce on her knees, and then she began to coast along. From there she started…
The key to staying on the right course is GPS.
For elder and younger brother types alike, the Father in heaven extends a generous and affectionate ‘welcome home.’