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Let the Stepchildren Come to Me

Let the Stepchildren Come to Me

Paul Maxwell
God himself knows the awkward, painful realities of being a stepchild. Likely they were even more pronounced two millennia ago.
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Real Men Love Strong Women

Real Men Love Strong Women

Paul Maxwell
In a day when women are often outperforming men, should Christian men feel threatened? Here are three reasons we really need strong women in the church.
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Walk Away from the World to Pray

Walk Away from the World to Pray

Paul Maxwell
Tuesday is halfway between the entrance into Jerusalem and the crucifixion. It’s the day Jesus hits his stride.
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Seven Things to Do After You Look at Pornography

Seven Things to Do After You Look at Pornography

Paul Maxwell
It is in the moment after pornography indulgence that Satan does his finest work. It is in this moment that we need God to do his finest saving.
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Six Truths for Dating Someone with a Sexual History

Six Truths for Dating Someone with a Sexual History

Paul Maxwell
A boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s past sexual sin can become a massive obstacle in any relationship. Here are six things to consider if you’re dating someone who has a sexual history.
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You Are Not Damaged Goods

You Are Not Damaged Goods

Paul Maxwell
Are you a Christian dating with a sexual history, wrestling with embarrassment and worried what your boyfriend or girlfriend might think? You are not damaged goods.
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A Place to Start for Spiritually Stuck People

A Place to Start for Spiritually Stuck People

Paul Maxwell
Christians often find themselves spiritually stuck. Here are six places to start when God seems far, our hearts feel cold or wandering, and the next step is unclear.
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What Getting Dumped Says About You

What Getting Dumped Says About You

Paul Maxwell
Breakups are bad enough. Getting broken up with brings another level of loneliness and despair. But unrequited love is God’s protection, his plan, his care for you. Here are five lies embedded in your breakup, and five truths with which to fight for faith.
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Five Points for All Our Fears

Five Points for All Our Fears

Paul Maxwell
Children face their worst fears on their beds in nightmares. Adults escape their worst fears by staying in bed. Dreams can still be scary, but reality can be terrifying. Our humility in the presence of our Father is our confidence in the presence of our fears.
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Hope Beyond the Heavy Burdens You Carry

Hope Beyond the Heavy Burdens You Carry

Paul Maxwell
Some of God’s greatest blessings come with burdens. As we get older, we give more to caring for the needs of those around us. Fortunately, we know that no labor in Jesus’s name is in vain. He will return one day to reveal the beauty of all you’ve done and to give you never-ending rest in himself.
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Enduring the Uncertainty of Dating

Enduring the Uncertainty of Dating

Paul Maxwell
When couples move past the awkward first-date phase of a relationship, many face a new and unsettling tension between strong romantic feelings and the reality that they are not yet married. They ask themselves, “What does a relationship look like…
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Did God Betray You?

Did God Betray You?

Paul Maxwell
In certain moments of life, in grief, loss, and disappointment, it can feel like God hung us out to dry. Here are five things he says to those who feel betrayed.
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Too Busy to See We’re Blind

Too Busy to See We’re Blind

Paul Maxwell
We are a performance-driven people, which means we’re also a budgeted people. 16 hours — 1 hour of commute, 1 for eating, 9 for work, .5 for Netflix, 1 hour for devotions, and brushing our teeth in the car. We’ve…
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With a God Like Ours, Who Needs Frenemies?

With a God Like Ours, Who Needs Frenemies?

Paul Maxwell
A frenemy is either an enemy disguised as a friend, or a true friend that’s become a rival. How will we respond when a friend of ours gets an opportunity or a promotion or a compliment we think we deserve? Is competition in friendship healthy? Here are five faces of frenemies.
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To the Sons and Daughters of Divorce

To the Sons and Daughters of Divorce

Paul Maxwell
As children of divorce, we have to see how Jesus Christ is a light in dark places, a hope for the broken, confused, and lonely. Here are ten big truths we need.
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When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You Expected

When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You Expected

Paul Maxwell
The human body starts dying at age 25. Here are five aspects of the quarter-life crisis, and five ways God lovingly enters the darkness of our twenties.
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Put Laziness to Rest

Put Laziness to Rest

Paul Maxwell
God often has a backwards way of dealing with brokenness in our world. Conquering, but not by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Defeating death with death (Hebrews 2:14). Preaching parables to bad listeners (Matthew 13:13). Fighting laziness with rest.
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The Complicated Life of Lazy Boys

The Complicated Life of Lazy Boys

Paul Maxwell
Before we can escape patterns of laziness, we need to understand patterns of laziness: that we’re shackled by cycles of sin — retreat and repeat — and that it’s not easy to escape. We need to know what we need — where and how God’s grace comes to the lazy man.
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Older Men, Younger Men Need You

Older Men, Younger Men Need You

Paul Maxwell
There is a sad and wide gulf between older men and younger men today. Generational discrimination and segregation are alive and well, discouraging. Here are five things young men need from older men in the church.
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The Single Person’s Good Desire for Sex

The Single Person’s Good Desire for Sex

Paul Maxwell
Married Christians love telling single people why they can’t have sex. I can’t say why. But I can say that we singles are left navigating sexual desires that are good and holy, which are nevertheless expressed and experienced by twisted…
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The Epidemic of Male Body Hatred

The Epidemic of Male Body Hatred

Paul Maxwell
It’s a common belief among men of our age. We believe that if we could just appear confident, sexy, intimidating, competent, and super-human, then we’ll be happy.
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How God Embraces the Embarrassed

How God Embraces the Embarrassed

Paul Maxwell
Whether it’s a laughable underwear-on-stage experience (laughable later), or a deeply unsettling loss of integrity, embarrassment is a besetting quality of human life. It lurks and stalks beneath the surface of our circumstances, waiting to sink its teeth into…
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What Gossip Says About God

What Gossip Says About God

Paul Maxwell
What we say reveals what we believe. We can’t hide it. Fresh water, salt water, and the like (James 3:11–12). Some forms of speech reveal in a more straightforward manner: “I believe the sun will rise tomorrow.” Thanks. Others are…
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Do You Hate to Wait?

Do You Hate to Wait?

Paul Maxwell
Anxiety is the slave song of the human heart under the tyranny of insignificance. Impatience is an acute strand of anxiety — played in a certain key — that can mesmerize and trap a soul in an infinite loop of…
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How God Cares for Those Who Don’t

How God Cares for Those Who Don’t

Paul Maxwell
Apathy is commonly thought to be a specific non-emotion: “I don’t care.” The apathetic carries an air of smug, Gregory-House-ness. Or, just sitting in a beanbag. Lots of Xbox. Sleeping until 10am. Untucked shirts. Untapped potential. Relationally disengaged. We think…
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