Each and every person who names the name of Christ has, by necessity, come to a place when they have seen their sin.
Knowing the trajectory of the things of this world and their declared and promised end should drive us to place our hope and trust in God and not the world.
To take up the cross is to take up joy—painful joy, but real joy.
Jesus commands humility from us but he does not leave the humble man hanging!
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.
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.”
The truth that sets us free, like the truth that set free the original audience of Genesis, is that the God of the universe created us.
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?
How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?
There is a kind of shame that is both redeeming and sanctifying and it may bring us to gospel heights otherwise unknown.
Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God . . .
I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.
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.
Just by being there you increase your chances of making an impact and you give yourself the chance to use your gifts.
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.
True purpose is found in communion with our Father who invites us to draw near to his throne of grace with confidence because of Christ’s righteousness.
The God who finished creating the world for his people is the same God who finishes the work of redemption for them.
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 a man is not okay with the life God has given him, he often pursues more not for the glory of God and building of His kingdom, but for the glory of self and building of the self-kingdom.
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.
Much of the Christian life does not involve suffering, but is one of mundane, normal days under the good gifts from the Father of the heavenly lights. These days are crucial in our sanctification.
Why would a college graduate give up his $25,000 in savings, abandon his car, and change his name to “Alex Supertramp?”
The saints are God's heritage, and he is in the midst of them, and will protect his own.
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.