Josiah: Rediscovering the Word
By studying Josiah's life we are reminded that the Bible is all we need for life and godliness.
Fence Your Heart, Not Just Your Behavior
Have you fenced your heart? Have you tried to stay inside of behavioral boundaries only to have climbed over them again and again?
Don't Replace the "Substitute"
Ironically, whereas our past gospel presentations have sometimes produced self-centered, consumerist Christians with little life change, it is very possible that our current presentations will produce the same self-centeredness, but in different ways.
Wisely Handling the Bible’s Wise Sayings
We must be very careful in how we approach and implement these wise sayings. Simply because they are inspired does not mean that the biblical proverbs are like laws, imposing a universal obligation
Beyond Sunday: Evidence of Real Change
In Jeremiah and Deuteronomy 30:6, we find the spiritual significance of circumcision.
Work and Leisure
Keeping the Sabbath holy may not seem very productive, but there's more here than just a command. It reveals God's mercy.
Hardship and Opportunity
To me, conflict is misery—not an opportunity. But the word opportunity is gradually sinking in because it is crammed with prominent themes from Scripture.
Are You Suffering from the Jonah Syndrome?
As shocking as it is to see the wickedness of Jonah’s heart, many of us are just like him. I call it the Jonah Syndrome, and in times past, it has affected me too. Let me explain exactly what I mean.
Who is in the Driver’s Seat?
Pride is that which is destroying the testimony of many Christians and has made them very ineffective for God.
Beyond Sunday: Not Just Washed
He has saved us, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy by washing and renewing us.
How Jesus Emptied Himself
Jesus emptied himself of at least five things when he became human.
Praying Without Asking
One of the exercises I have my spiritual formation students do is a prayer exercise in which they are to spend 30 minutes in prayer however they wish, but with one specific instruction – they are not supposed to ask for anything, for themselves or anyone else.
The Testing of Your Faith
The glory of God is more important than your or my comfort. That is a statement with which all Christians will readily agree... in theory
Are You Concerned About Your Future?
Do you know that what concerns you is of the utmost concern to God? If you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, every need, every trial, every temptation that touches you, touches God, because you are part of His Son.
Beyond Sunday: Keep Your Knees from Knocking
The path of godliness … was to be made easy, a beaten path to weak and lame souls; and they would feel more than stronger souls the comfort and value of such a path.
Five Steps to Peace in a Really Bad Situation
How can we get peace if we're headed into or in the midst of a crisis? God tells us how to do just that.
The book of Joshua has much to teach us and much with which to inspire the church today as we, too, follow where God would have us go.
How to Fix Bad Decisions
“OK, so what do I do if I’ve already messed up? How do I fix a bad decision?” With this question in mind, I wanted to offer help for those times when we realize we’ve blown it.
Standing Out: When You Don't Fit In
We all want to be liked, cherished, and appreciated by our peers. But what if I told you that God could care less about these things?
Beyond Sunday: Not Just Proverbial
A proverb is a pithy sentence, concisely expressing some well-established truth lending to various illustrations and applications.