Wonder Why You’re Here
Oct 2, 2014
You are tempted to fill in a blank at the end of that sentence. You are ___. Most of what you might place in that blank are not worthy to be compared to the revealed glory that you are.
Where Satan Will Attack You Today
Sep 29, 2014
Like it or not you are in a war. And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s inside your head.
Pray for the Strength That God Supplies
Sep 26, 2014
We weak people frequently need to pray for strength. It’s a necessary prayer, and it’s a God-honoring prayer because it recognizes the true source of our strength.
You Really Can! Why and How to Memorize Big Chunks of the Bible
Seminar — 2014 National Conference
Sep 26, 2014
Memorizing large portions of the Bible can feel intimidating. But with some motivation and advice, you can overcome such hurdles.
Where Do Others Fit in Your Schedule?
Sep 22, 2014
“All of life is a medium for relationship,” says Matt Reagan. In some cultures in the world, this statement would seem so patently obvious that folks would look at you funny if you said it.
Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability
Sep 19, 2014
Our irritability never has its roots in the soils of righteousness. It springs out of the soil of selfishness and springs up fast, like the sin-weed that it is.
Why Your Happiness Is So Important to God
Sep 15, 2014
If you want to try your hand at stoicism, forget the Bible. It has little for you. Scripture does not support the idea that our motives are more pure the less we are pursuing our own interested happiness.
New Every Morning, New Every Moment
Sep 8, 2014
Every single moment is new. Every moment is a completely unique creation by God the Father through God the Son who is upholding the universe at that moment by the word of his power. Never is a moment neglected. Never is a moment repeated.
The Antidepressant of Wonder
Sep 5, 2014
Living in this world tends to make us feel thin. We feel, with Bilbo Baggins, “like butter scraped over too much bread.” Another beheading, another disease epidemic, another leader’s adultery exposed, another day struggling within and without against unrelenting evil.
Some Books to Feed Your Brain
Sep 1, 2014
If you’re like me, book recommendations are always welcome. So here are a few books that have been food for my brain (and heart) this year. . .
Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence
Aug 29, 2014
Self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous to us because it’s a form of idolatry. It’s something we turn to instead of God for happiness.
What’s the Point of All this Futility?
Aug 25, 2014
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the point? For God, the point is hope. Which is very strange.
Aug 22, 2014
The poem has inspired millions, but its message is sick at its core. Who is the master of your fate? Who is the captain of our soul?
Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life
Aug 18, 2014
The Bible tells us “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). That means a lot is at stake in what we say today. And in literate societies like ours, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.
Aug 15, 2014
All kinds of adversity, because of God’s grace, strengthens the Christian’s faith. Just like our brains and our bodies, faith is only strengthened by vigorous exercise. Adversity produces strong, gritty faith.
Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide
Aug 12, 2014
For some of us in the household of Jesus, Robin Williams’s death hits hard for very personal reasons. For some, a profound, oppressive darkness is threatening to douse the little light and hope they see.
The Priceless Grace of Pressure
Aug 8, 2014
Pressure is one of the more resented of God’s graces. Read the Bible and you’ll discover one story after another of pressurized saints. When God chooses his servants, he tends to give them an oversized workload.
You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things
Aug 6, 2014
John Piper’s book Doctrine Matters is the distillation of the “few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things” that set him on fire for 33 years as a local-church pastor and are still making him burn.
When God Seems Silent
Jul 18, 2014
All of God’s saints, if allowed to live long enough, are led into the lonely, disorienting, weary wilderness. God may seem silent, but he’s not.
The Cool God Is a Puny God
Jul 14, 2014
Americans, and most Westerners, live in cultures governed by the god called “Cool.” Cool doesn’t have a temple we can see or visit, but his images and shrines are everywhere. Cool is a god that we actually invite to take…
The Unexpected Answers of God
Jul 11, 2014
As you wait for God to answer your prayers, learn to expect the unexpected. God wraps most of his greatest gifts in painful packages.
Before the Children Are Gone
Jul 7, 2014
Time is our most precious earthly asset because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it. But that’s very hard. Never in history have…
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Jul 4, 2014
July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky…
How Can Self-Denial Be Hedonistic?
Jun 27, 2014
The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But “the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, as Jesus’s disciples learned in…