Breaking Free from the Spell of Fantasy
Jun 26, 2015
Evil fantasy presents itself as a delectable delight. But it is not. It is an argument to be destroyed, not a sweet apple to be eaten. Believing this — really believing this — is the key to breaking free from fantasy’s enchantment.
How to Complain Without Grumbling
Jun 23, 2015
The psalms of lament give inspired voice to our troubled souls. They model for us how to complain to God in a way that honors him. And they are themselves expressions of God’s merciful care for us.
Where Real Courage Comes From
Jun 19, 2015
Where does courage come from? And how do you get it when you need it, when some fear towers over you and threatens you, and you feel like cowering and fleeing into some cave of protection? For an answer, let’s…
Give the Word Time to Work
Jun 8, 2015
Being transformed by the Bible is rarely a quick and simple process. It requires time, meditation, and humility. Sometimes, we need to be willing to slow down and even stop over the text if we want to see change come in our heart and life.
How Should We Respond to Caitlyn Jenner?
Jun 4, 2015
Pray for Jenner, that God will send to him one or two who will speak the truth of the gospel with Christ-like love and that he will have ears to hear. Jenner’s hope is that “as soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.” But we know he will not be free.
Jun 1, 2015
A significant journey is ending for you. No doubt you are eager to get going on the next one. But go ahead, savor the moment. Such clear rites of passage don’t come often in life. Here are four pieces of advice as you look to what’s ahead.
Conflicts: Our Laboratories of Love
May 29, 2015
Seven sinners live together in our home. We are middle-age, teenage, and pre-teen sinners who each have the sin-nature’s assumption that we are playing the lead role in the drama of existence...
When God Mercifully Ruins Our Plans
May 25, 2015
There is no real gain in making our name known. That’s Philippians 3:8 rubbish. The only real gain is Christ. So God mercifully thwarts our pride-fueled plans in order to make us truly happy.
We Must Not Do Nothing
May 22, 2015
Americans, remember with appropriate gratitude this Memorial Day the military deaths that purchased your freedoms. But Christians, don’t remember your imprisoned and mistreated brothers and sisters like Americans remember their war dead.
Christian, Your Job Is a Ministry Job
May 18, 2015
Many Christians struggle with the sense that vocational ministry jobs are more “sacred” or “spiritual” than other jobs. Our terminology probably isn’t helpful: non-ministry jobs are often called “secular” jobs, which would seem to connote that they are less spiritual…
Four Ways to Fight the Fear of Missing Out
May 15, 2015
The Thing. It’s a strange thing, because it’s there and not there at the same time. What I’m talking about is The Thing that you don’t have that you think you need in order to be happy. And you know…
You Are God’s Workmanship
May 11, 2015
You are a piece of work — God’s work. When Paul says that you are God’s “workmanship,” don’t think of your clunky seventh grade shop class project, think of The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, or The Faerie Queen, great works of epic poetry.
Don’t Let Pride Steal Your Joy
May 8, 2015
The damned lie of pride is that it promises us happiness through God-usurping self-exaltation, which turns out to be the very thing that kills our happiness. The more highly we think of ourselves, the smaller our capacity for wonder and worship over what is most worthy.
Nothing Left to Hide
May 4, 2015
God wants us to be sincere. He makes this point very clear. He wants us to have a “sincere heart” (Ephesians 6:5), a “sincere mind” (2 Peter 3:1), a “sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5), a “sincere wisdom” (James 3:17), a…
Why God’s Will Isn’t Always Clear
Apr 30, 2015
God places a higher priority on our being transformed than our being informed — in order that we will be conformed to the image of Jesus.
You Have Just Enough Time
Apr 24, 2015
“I don’t have enough time.” I have said this countless times over the years. I have thought it many times more than I’ve said it. But I have not ever seriously considered that thinking or speaking this way reflected poorly…
Free Yourself from Divided Interests
Apr 20, 2015
We get one breath to live on earth. How we live matters. And soon this world’s present form will pass away. Let us live lean and travel light in order to pursue a devotion to the Lord as undivided as possible.
Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You
Apr 17, 2015
God hasn’t made a mistake in how he made you or the gifts he’s given you. There is no higher calling for you than to be who God has called you to be.
You Will Change the World
Apr 13, 2015
Have you ever wished you could do something that would change the world? Your wish has been granted. Are you tempted to think that your obscure, little life will leave no mark on the world? You have no idea how…
Sometimes Flight Is the Best Fight
Apr 10, 2015
In the kingdom of the heart, the commanding hierarchy is this: King Delight rules and he tells General Desire what to want. General Desire then issues commands to Lieutenant Will to act on the want. No one does anything by “sheer will-power.”
Quiet the Fear, Do the Work
Apr 6, 2015
Strategy, organization, and training are essential when a soldier is called to fight in a war. But by far the hardest thing to do is actually quiet the fear and do the hard work of fighting. During the American Civil…
Not My Will Be Done
Apr 2, 2015
And no human has suffered more in embracing the will of God the Father than God the Son. And he did gladly, for the inexpressible joy set before him.
What Will You Leave Behind?
Mar 27, 2015
What are you pouring your life into making? When it’s over, what will you leave behind that will really last? When you report to your master how you invested the talents he gave you, what will you show as a return?
The Priceless Gift of Corrective Lenses
Mar 23, 2015
Lenses are extraordinarily powerful things. We interpret reality depending on the way we see it. If something is wrong with our seeing — our lenses — we won’t see what’s real. And this is far more important when it comes to spiritual sight than it is with physical sight.