Blog Posts by Bryan DeWire

10 Reasons to Desire All the Spiritual Gifts

Bryan DeWire

Some might tell you not to really desire all the spiritual gifts. But when you say that, it does not seem to do justice to what 1 Corinthians 12–14 really says.

The apostle bookends his famous chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13) with these two (perhaps surprising) charges: “earnestly desire the higher gifts” and “earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 12:31; 1 Corinthians 14:1).…

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Stockpiling Weapons Through Bible Memorization

Bryan DeWire

Besides the Bible, When I Don’t Desire God is the most life-changing book I’ve read. I use “life-changing” carefully and intentionally. It has changed the way I go about my day-to-day life more than any other book written by men.

As I read this book, I desperately wanted my life to radiate with joy in God. And as Jesus told his disciples, “These things I have spoken to you

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Prepare Now for Your Pain

Bryan DeWire

Suffering has a way of pressing us to go deeper with God.

It’s sadly not the case for all, but many have testified that their embrace of God’s sovereignty and goodness was catalyzed during a season of profound suffering.

Sometimes it’s fresh truths about God intersecting with our lives in the hardest of times. But often suffering becomes a testing ground for what truths we’ve already built into our lives…

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Rivers of Peace or Waves of Sorrow

Bryan DeWire

Sometimes adding a simple conjunction can go a long ways. Things easily passed over appear in a new light. Or at least this happened for me when I was recently singing one of my favorite hymns, "It Is Well with My Soul." After the very first line I dropped in "or," like this:

When peace like a river attendeth my way /
Or when sorrows like sea billows roll /…

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