The best thing you can do for yourself is to ask questions. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? If not, ask yourself why. Better yet, ask God why not. And then be still and listen for His voice. He … Continue reading The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself Is To Ask Questions
Do you want to live and speak more boldly for Jesus Christ? I do. How badly do we want it? Do we want it enough to ask, seek, and knock until God answers us and to take risks that press on our timidity? Or, if we’re honest, would we rather just keep wishing we were bolder — admiring bold people, being inspired by biographies about bold people, talking with our friends and small group members about our struggles with fear of man — all the while staying where we feel safe and relatively comfortable and letting fear go unchallenged? My flesh likes … Continue reading Lord, Make Me More Bold
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the … Continue reading Going Out in Christ’s Authority
Regardless of what we may believe, the Christian life is a threefold battle. First, we battle against the flesh and its sinful desires that wage war against our new nature and against the Spirit who seeks to lead us … Continue reading Run to the Battle
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7b, ESV). God speaks to us through all He has created and all He has written. Psalm 19:7 is a prompt to consider the faithfulness of Scripture in moving us from … Continue reading The Place for Pursuing Wisdom
I looked across the table at my boyfriend and replayed his words in my mind. “I just don’t enjoy spending time with you.” I never knew a heart could break so suddenly, so rudely — in only one sentence. I … Continue reading Worshiping with a Broken Heart
Trauma is a certain kind of suffering — the kind that overwhelms one’s ability to cope. A whole class of wounds that cripple. A wound that buries itself deep in our consciousness. A tragedy too heavy for us. It happens in the … Continue reading Trauma Is Not a Life Sentence
In the new year, you will make and keep lots of different appointments. We all have appointments in our lives that we would never miss. It could be the doctor. It could be for our hair. It could be with … Continue reading Don’t Trade Away God’s Help Today
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in … Continue reading Big Prayers—Big Peace
We know that God is very wise in the things he says, even if they can be very difficult to understand (2 Peter [3:16]). But I think it’s the things God doesn’t say that cause us the most difficulty. It’s … Continue reading The Wisdom in What God Doesn’t Say
Since the fall of man, people have had trouble staying focused, but we live today in an age of unprecedented distraction. Since you’re already reading this on some electronic device, I don’t need to elaborate. Lots of experts are talking … Continue reading Lord, Deliver Me from Distraction
What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? For most of us, the first and most natural things that flood our minds when the alarm goes off do not produce praise or comfort. More … Continue reading New Mercies Every Morning
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence (Psalm 139:7, ESV)? To hear us justify it in our own heads, it sounds like all we’re doing is innocently trying to free ourselves from someone’s overbearing … Continue reading Running Fool
As believers of Jesus Christ, we are called to serve not self serve or be served.
Love flourishes and grows in relational soil rich with trust. As long as sufficient trust is present in a relationship, love is likely to be healthy and resilient. But if trust erodes, love withers. Too much erosion and it dies.
We all have dreams of one kind or another. And in America, pursuing our dreams is a nearly sacred cultural value, a moral obligation even. But the Bible teaches us to be wary of our dreams.
Wisdom may be as basic a human need as air, water, or shelter.
Christians are not to judge other Christians. And Christians are to judge other Christians. That’s what the Bible teaches. In fact, the apostle Paul says both things in the same letter just a few paragraphs apart.
God has told us amazing things about our future, because he wants us to be amazed. He has told us hopeful things, because he wants us to feel hope — really feelhope. Hope without a heartfelt gladness about what is coming, is not hope. This is why God tells us such gladness-producing things. He wants us to enjoy now, with profound assurance, the joyful feeling of hope. “Rejoice in hope!” (Romans [12:12]). My experience is that I can read God’s words about my future, and pass over them so quickly, that they have no emotional effect. Such reading does not … Continue reading God Has Planned Your Glory
Being saved by grace may be easy to stomach when we’re first converted. That first time God opens our eyes to the gospel, we’re often already painfully aware of the brokenness inside of us, with varying levels of shame and regret over our past.