Four Ways God Leads His People
I see at least four methods that God uses to leads us in his will. I put them in four "D’s" to help me remember them.
How to Read a Psalm
When I have preached on a psalm in a church, some people have mentioned to me that they were familiar with a verse from the psalm but they had not thought about the passage’s overall message. I have often wondered if believers have a good reading strategy for getting the most out of a psalm.
Beyond Sunday: Looking for the Ark
"Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul."
Can We Still Believe in Life after Death? Part II
In answering the Sadducees, Jesus says that the resurrection is not a continuation of this life but a transformation of all that we have known.
The Hardest Truth of the Bible
But here’s something I’ve discovered—the hardest truths can produce the most tender hearts. If you grasp this most difficult of doctrines, God will use it to soften your heart today.
Dealing with Hidden Sin
Sin is a reality with which we all must live. No one can escape the struggles we have with rebelling against God’s call on our lives. The battle can be overwhelming, but it does not have to result in demoralizing defeat.
13 Scriptures to Meditate on When Your Future Is Uncertain
At one time or another, all of us will face times of uncertainty. The reality is that none of us are secure in this world except in Christ. Nothing is certain.
Beyond Sunday: No Difference
Though men differ greatly in the nature and extent of their sinfulness, there is absolutely no difference between the best and the worst of men.
How to Pray for Your Daily Bread
"Bread" in this prayer is really symbolic of any need you have. Do you have a need today? God delights to meet your need.
Can We Still Believe in Life After Death?
Is there life after death? That brings us to our text, an encounter that took place two or three days before Jesus was crucified.
Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews
When we read the book of Hebrews, we encounter a community of Christians living in a time of trial, struggling to understand God in the midst of suffering. Their story is our story.
The Big Picture of the Old Testament
When it comes to describing “the theology of the Old Testament,” not everyone is convinced that there is a single theology represented in these diverse books. It's more fruitful to understand the Old Testament as a whole in terms of an unfolding story, with five basic components.
Four Words That Change Every Situation
Bam! Bible verse to the face (in a good, sweet way). The words “God is my helper” are astonishing. Think about them for a moment. They literally change every situation.
Beyond Sunday: Death for the Rebels
When we were without strength and were powerless to save ourselves (in God's own chosen time), Christ died for the ungodly - for the rebels.
His Last Friday Was His Best
Even while dying on the cross, Jesus performed an 11th-hour miracle. He transformed the heart of a hardened criminal.
It is fashionable in some circles these days to lampoon the historic Christian doctrine of substitutionary atonement as divine child abuse. But to do so is a tragic mistake.
What Makes the Gospel Good News?
The gospel is necessary in order to change the heart from its natural pursuit and slavery to sin toward the pursuit of things pertaining to Christ. The gospel is good news. But what is the good news?
Beyond Sunday: Dying to Multiply
As the germ of life in the grain of wheat can only pass into other grains by departing from the original grain and leaving it dead, so the life which was in Christ Jesus...
Why Do We Sing So Many Songs about the Cross?
Why so many songs about the blood of Jesus? Why so many songs about salvation? There are plenty of other topics we could sing about. Why so many songs about what Jesus did on Calvary?
A Forever Kind of Love
If God loves us, we assume it must mean that we are not all that bad. Not only is this view false in every way, it destroys a deep appreciation for the amazing beauty of God’s love — that He loved the unlovely, and died for the unloving.