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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
Why do you think Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's was not. Did God just like Abel better? Did Abel know the right religious words or jump through the right religious hoops?
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance…
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-3
To be gospel-centered is to be Christ-centered. But as it pertains…
A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.
God doesn't just embrace us when we succeed and get it right. God doesn't love us more when we do really well at obeying.
Far too many of our conversations are about why one church is the best in polity, or how a specific kind of music, preaching style, discipleship model, major, leadership training program, or missions agency is superior to all others.
When I feel small, there is the gospel that reminds me that my size and worth is determined by that which was sacrificed for me.
Limits are gifts that help us remember that our greatest gift is a God who is limitless.
By God’s design, my family keeps growing and spreading. Certainly aspects of that are incredibly difficult. But when I think of the treasured people in my life that I never would have met had I not moved around as much as I did, and when I anticipate the hope of that happening again, that tastes pretty sweet to me.
The fear of man leads to hypocrisy. The fear of God leads to courage.
Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.
Why, O Father, must I endure this cycle of repentance in hard-heartedness forever?
What in the world does it mean to be gospel-centered? What does it look like to have a gospel life?
A Gospel Life will have these 5 M's as it's lens that it sees and does everything through. These become a way of thinking, living, responding and reacting to life. You'll find that there is a gospel wakefulness that oozes in everything. Gospel growth can occur by applying…
Believe this and you will have the key to what upholds the universe.
Hello, my name is Kristen, and I am a habitual nail-picker.
I don’t want to ultimately hope in motherhood, or comfort, or health, or man’s acclaim, or even my beloved husband. I want to hope in Glory.
What is the dumbest thing you have ever said? You probably don't want to repeat it. Since, I think it is edifying, I'll reset my moment. I was a new Christian and was talking to my wife one Sunday afternoon when I dropped this gem on her: “Christianity is so easy. I don't see what the big deal is.” But, I wasn't finished “I read my Bible, pray and talk…
Receiving is difficult. Being given something affects us differently than being the giver. Receiving something is harder than earning it, especially for driven people.
The Word tells us to be sober - to have a clear mind going in - so that when the taunting from the enemy comes, we will be ready.
Comfort is the god of this generation.
In our time, there is a great temptation to be gospel-centered in name but not in deed.
It would be convenient if Satan would show up as a talking snake. Then, we could run away screaming or call animal control. Instead, he comes to us as an agent of reason.
I wasn’t thinking about my unwashed hair or the spit up (and coffee) on my clothes or the fact that I honestly couldn’t remember if I had put on makeup that morning. That is, I wasn’t thinking about it until I saw my beautiful friend walking up to say hello.
Are there areas of your life that you find yourself comparing to others? If we constantly find ourselves in “comparison mode,” we may have placed our identity in the accomplishments and status of this world.
You have often trembled while I have told you of your sins and of the wrath to come, but you have met your bad companion at the door, or you have gone home and attended parties of gaiety, and every godly thought has been quenched.
Sometimes the most courageous thing you can do is to stay right where you are.
Are we embracing sins because we have established ourselves as having supreme authority over all?
How do we contend for the faith and guard the gospel without being argumentative, judgmental, or cantakerous?
Four things we enjoy as receipients of God's grace to us through Christ.
To tell my story is to tell of the faithfulness of God.
My weaknesses show me just how great and powerful God is, because only he could bring something good out of the mess that is me.
Hard-hitting consequences will produce profound sorrow in the hardest of hearts. But overpowering regret and Godly repentance are two very different things.
Humility comes between Pride and Vanity and breaks the bond between the two.
Cursed are you when others love you and accept you and say all kinds of good about you because you have moderate, tolerant views of a safe Jesus.
We must allow God’s promises to establish an unshakeable trust in him, which forges the way for peace.
When we find Christ supremely valuable and fulfilling, the desire to cut our neighbor down disappears.
Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief.