People Are Messy
We were put on this earth to do life with one another. We are better together than we are apart – even with all of the complications of relationships.
From Glory to Glory
Perfection is the goal of God’s sanctifying work in us. He’s not merely making us better than we are; he is conforming us to the image of his Son.
The Paradox of Evangelism
There is a paradox about evangelism. Actually there are several but I’ll only mention one here. It starts with the realization that evangelism is impossible.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Conflict, Mountaintops, Redefinition
Jesus addressed the heart of our need and the need of our heart to be right with God, not just leaning on external and empty ritual.
Wordplay in Jonah
What is a “bank”? Is it the land beside a river? A financial institution? Yes, depending. It’s ambiguous until you know the context. In a similar (but more sophisticated) way, the author of Jonah plays with words for effect.
Are You a Christian Struggling with Guilt?
Are you a believer, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling of guilt? You know God saved you, but you still feel so much guilt from your past?
Studying Mark's Gospel: Love, Legalism, and Lordship
Let’s turn to the lessons that this chapter teaches as we look at the love of Jesus, the legalism of the religious leaders, and Jesus’ ultimate lordship over the very things they accused Him of!
The Two Different Outcomes of Affliction
In fact, Christians are promised afflictions, and plenty of them. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” But the outcome of afflictions is different for believers and unbelievers.
Remembering Our Place When Wronged
When hurt and abused, we tend to be quicker to punish and revile. We need help. We need God abiding in us. We need to believe and practice what Joseph believed and practiced.
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Kingdom Is Dawning
As we study this week, we will see an action-packed beginning to Jesus' ministry in the region of Galilee, and see that there is much we can learn from this as well.
How to Cope Theologically with Apostasy
Sadly, I have watched people abandon professions of faith in Christ at a variety of times in my life. I have heard others tell their stories, whom I have encountered only after the fact.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Beginnings
The long awaited time had finally come: God, in the fullness of time, came to our world in the person of His Son.
Walk Thru the Life of Peter: Growing Bold Faith
We are in a relentless, violent spiritual battle against an enemy who doesn't want us to fulfill our calling, either individually or corporately. Whether we have been persecuted like Christians in a hostile culture or not, Peter's words to the persecuted still ring true for us.
I Am a Great Witness… of Lesser Things
We are hardwired to talk to other people about what impresses us the most. Unfortunately, too often our conversation indicates we are far too easily impressed by trivial things.
Being a Titus 2 Woman
The whole goal of a Titus 2 woman is to train younger women in Biblical, simple-to-measure, Spirit-empowered, love-based living. Here are the 6 characteristics.
Practicing the Presence of God... Like Nehemiah
There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God.
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.
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.
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.
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.