Blog Posts by Marshall Segal
God’s Great and Precious Promises
Some of the most precious pieces of this Bible are the promises God makes to those who love and believe in him. 2 Peter 1:3–4 explains that they’re weapons for the battle for faith, love, and purity. Watch the new Look at the Book video.Continue Reading
Four Habits of a Happy Heart
Psalm 130 puts words to a pattern of conviction, repentance, waiting, and praise that purifies the sinner and glorifies the Savior. It’s a paradigm for pursuing happiness among the everyday realities of temptation, weakness, brokenness, and failure.Continue Reading
Three Steps to Stop Wasting Your Life
Every day, we will be tempted to waste the precious life God has given us. Proverbs 3:5–6 — two of the most popular verses in the Bible — offer three steps for experiencing as much of God’s grace as possible today.Continue Reading
Your Wedding Is Still Something Worth Wanting
Our new generation of men and women need to be taught that marriage is spectacular and needed, because it is God’s. The beauty of marriage far surpasses the social, relational, and sexual benefits. For believers, the allure of matrimony ought to be deeply spiritual, missional, and eternal.Continue Reading
Don’t Tell God He Can’t Give You Good News
There is a hideous, God-belittling lie in believing we’ve sinned ourselves beyond his sovereign mercy. For many of us, it’s not hard to see how our sin has brought pain or conflict or heartache into our lives. How could God possibly rescue me when I am the problem?Continue Reading
A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget
The Bible is clear that we will put our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test our treasure. There are lots of ways to lose our life over a love for money. We want…Continue Reading
Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet
It’s hard to imagine many things more maligned in Scripture than money.
After all, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). Paul didn’t just say that it can be a temptation for…Continue Reading
Worship Where the Wild Things Are
One of the unavoidable realities of corporate worship in this world is distraction. Our minds are already prone to wander completely apart from anything happening around us in that room. But anyone who’s been in church for more than a…Continue Reading
No Book Like the Bible
Dads, Date Your Daughter’s Boyfriend
One of the most terrifying moments of a not-yet-married man’s life is meeting his girlfriend’s father.
The much-anticipated introduction is an unending fountain of humor for friends and family, but it’s more often an occasion for horror for the young…Continue Reading
Don’t Give Up on Don
Confessions of a Grown-Up Momma’s Boy
Mothers are mind-blowing people if you stop to look at them.
In their body, they can carry, feed, protect, and eventually deliver a child — a human being, like you or me. They often set aside personal gifts and aspirations…Continue Reading
Jack Is Back: Why We Want More
Our heroes — fictional or nonfictional — inevitably end up shaping our picture of God. Consciously or not we will project what we admire or praise in others onto the supremely admirable and praiseworthy one.
Not everyone watches television, but…Continue Reading
A Statement Stronger Than Silver
What’s Wrong with Our Women
We don’t have a hard time thinking of men as depraved. After all, they are responsible for the vast majority of violent crime.
- 90% of murders
- 98% of sexual assaults
- 93% of armed burglaries
- 88% of simple assaults
That’s stunning.…Continue Reading
Love the Single Chapter of Your Life
It’s just a fact, young people in America — even in the church — are getting married later and later. This means there are more men and women that are unhappily not-yet-married long into their twenties, even their thirties.
Let His Blood Be on Us (Holy Saturday)
Holy Week waits in relative silence on Saturday. The tomb has been sealed, the guards stand watch, the disciples likely hide in confusion, fear, and devastation. And the Savior lies lifeless, having surrendered all to save his people from their…Continue Reading
It Is Well with My Soul
God has given us a merciful gift in music authored in the midst of great tragedy. A song often has the power to express and comfort pain when words alone feel empty. Again and again, “It Is Well” has met…Continue Reading
Propaganda About God’s Purpose in Our Past
Sometimes it’s hard to sort out our lives before Christ. It all feels so bleak, so dark, so destructive, so wasted. Some of us have a hard time finding anything good, anything worth remembering in the stories of our old…Continue Reading
Why God Loves People Who Hate Each Other
The church is filled with lots of dangerously different people.
There are rich and poor, old and young, male and female. We have families with fifteen children and fifty-year-old unmarrieds. There are Republicans and Democrats, executives and janitors, athletes, artists,…Continue Reading
Can God Really Be Happy?
Do you think of God as mainly happy or mad?
How you think about God will effect how you relate to him. If he’s mainly disappointed, you’ll avoid him because of shame and insecurity. If he’s too busy, you won’t…Continue Reading
God Is Bigger Than Your Sin
We have all been evil and received evil. The shame of sin and the pain of being sinned against are universally felt in every human heart because we’re born into sin and into a world of sinners. Sin corrupts, and…Continue Reading
The Danger in Our Daily Devotions
Do we really need to read our Bible every day?
Happy is the man who does (Psalm 1:1). “His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (1:2). God’s words revive…Continue Reading
Worship That’s Out of This World
The gospel all at once puts us at home in every culture and at odds with every culture.
Christ wants to and will make his home in every culture on the planet. This faith is not restrained to Jews, and…Continue Reading
The Greatest Victory in All of History
Why did Jesus die? You might have your favorite answer or verse.
He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.…