Praying for a Breakthrough
Oct 2, 2015
Are you praying for a breakthrough? Don’t lose heart. Grow determined. Intense opposition almost always precedes a breakthrough.
A Picture of Prevailing Prayer
Sep 28, 2015
Real prayer begins with real desire, often with real desperation. We cry to God, but he does not seem to respond. God wants us to keep asking and cry out louder.
Unlock God’s Storehouse of Grace
Sep 25, 2015
We must stop looking at our lack: our lack of resources, wisdom, and power, even our lack of faith. Our deficits discourage and defeat. Satan does not want you to look to Jesus and all the abounding grace that he purchased for you.
There Is Hope in Your Struggle for Light
A Parable of Three Trees
Sep 18, 2015
Our struggles, past and present, have profound effects on us for the rest of our lives. They affect how we grow now and in the future. But this isn't always negative. When we're in Christ, we can rest assure that our pain has purpose.
How Long, O Lord?
Sep 11, 2015
God knows our waiting for him can be hard. He knows it can feel to us like he is is taking too long. He gives us permission to ask him, “How long is this going to last?” and reminds us that he has not forgotten us.
Unbelief Is Sure to Err
Sep 7, 2015
Unbelief messes up how we calculate reality and leads us to errant conclusions and really bad decisions. After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11, the Jewish religious leaders realized they had a serious crisis on their…
How God Gives Assurance
Sep 4, 2015
God loves to give his children the gift of “the full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22). It’s a precious thing, a source of deep peace and consolation, and he wants us to have it. But like most things in the Christian life, assurance is something that is cultivated and grows stronger over time.
America’s One Enduring Legacy in History
Aug 31, 2015
Two millennia ago, “a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1). The most apparently powerful earthly head-of-state ordered a census because the empire needed more tax revenue to fund its…
Loving the Neighbor We Didn’t Choose
Aug 28, 2015
The neighbor we’re called to love is often not one we choose but one God chooses for us. In fact, this neighbor is often not one we would have chosen had not God done the choosing.
Life’s Knots Need Jesus
Aug 26, 2015
Phrygia was an ancient kingdom in what is now central Turkey. According to legend, once upon a time Phrygia was without a king. One day, a pagan oracle declared that the next man to drive an ox-cart into Phrygia’s capital…
What God Gives When He Takes Away
Aug 25, 2015
Prosperity has a tendency to conceal idolatry and false faith. Loss reveals what we really love and believe.
The Way Is Hard, But He Is Strong
Aug 17, 2015
Jesus said the way would be hard for those who followed him. Hell is real, and its messengers spread themselves all over the world to distort, disorient, and to create suspicion — to undermine and destroy faith. But faith in the Way is a force stronger than Hell.
Aug 14, 2015
It is precisely when it is personally costly to speak, and we *still* speak, that people listen to what we have to say. When it’s costly to deliver a message, the message must be costly. For people only pay dearly for what is valuable. Paying dearly glorifies the valuable thing.
Let Good Things Run Wild
Aug 10, 2015
God designed men and women. He made us equal in value and complementary in role. When trust what God says about what it means to be man or woman, and obey his instructions, the result is harmony, beauty, and joy.
Be a Human Infusion of Hope
Aug 7, 2015
Discouragement is everywhere in a broken, fallen world like ours. One way Satan spreads discouragement is through the pride in us that focuses on others' weaknesses and flaws. But God has given us a weapon against the darkness: encouragement, an infusion of hope we bring one another.
Your Bible Is a Mine, Not a Museum
Jul 31, 2015
If we read Bible stories like museum exhibits, always viewing them fairly quickly and then moving to the next display, our grasp tends to remain rather superficial. We might think that we’ve seen pretty much all that there is to see. But when we mine them, we find these stories laced with treasures.
Things Not Seen
A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God’s Promises
Jul 31, 2015
God is doing far more than we can see in our agonies. We plead for God’s deliverance from our pain and wonder why he keeps letting it go on. We are not alone. A cloud of witnesses surrounds us. And…
Wake Up to the Corrupting Effects of Compromise
Jul 27, 2015
What do we do when we see the corrupting effect of compromise at work in ourselves or those we know? Jesus’s prescription is painfully, mercifully brief: “be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19). The severe simplicity of his prescription is hopeful.
Turning Fifty and Still Fighting for Faith
Jul 24, 2015
As I help lead the vanguard of Generation X into our sixth decade in the race of faith, with the rhythm of my feet upon the pavement and through some fatigue, I’m preaching to myself, “There’s sufficient grace to endure the race.”
How Should Christians Comment Online?
Jul 13, 2015
How we comment on articles or social media posts says a lot about us and about what we believe. Let’s seek to show more grace to others.
Do Not Underestimate a Defeated Devil
Jul 10, 2015
We think we know what’s going on. But often we barely have a clue. Scripture teaches us that what we see happening in the world is only part of the story. There’s a whole dimension to reality that wields a…
You Don’t Have to Plan Everything
Jul 7, 2015
God doesn’t want you to plan everything. Don’t get me wrong. Planning is a beautiful thing. God is a magnificent planner — in the bigness of the universe and the smallest molecules. Many things in life simply do not happen…
Loving and Celebrating a Defective Nation
Jul 3, 2015
July 4th is the day we Americans set aside to celebrate the birth of our nation, the ideals it represents, and the freedoms we enjoy. But for many American Christians, the recent Supreme Court ruling will hang like a dark…
God’s Purpose for the Supreme Court — And Everything Else
Jun 29, 2015
God is gathering his people from every corner of the globe. Regardless of what we face or experience in this life, this is what history is all about, from beginning to the very end. And no one can stop him — not even the Supreme Court.