Blog Posts by Steve Fuller

Five Benefits of Asking God to Hurry

Steve Fuller

There’s something I’ve been praying about. The church where I serve as pastor needs a part-time worship leader. Our present leader has served us well, but his schedule is changing and he plans to step down. So, of course, I’ve been networking, calling, posting on church employment sites — and praying.

So far, God has not provided — and the problem is that I need him to provide soon.…

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What to Do When Faith Dies

Steve Fuller

Too often we lack works. Maybe we are not praying, not forgiving someone, not crucifying selfishness to care for others, or not sharing the gospel.

We know this is a serious problem, because James said that “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). What’s more serious than dead faith?

But there’s a danger here in how we can read this verse. We can miss…

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Do It for the Reward

Steve Fuller

Christians often talk about working for God, going on a missions trip for God, doing the ministry for God.

It’s good to talk that way. It’s biblical. For example, we are promised that through Christ we will “bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). We are urged to “live for him who . . . died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). And we are called to…

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God’s Gracious Path to Costly Obedience

Steve Fuller

Imagine Abraham, living a life of security in Ur of the Chaldeans, but knowing that God had called him to leave it all for a land he did not know. That would have been costly.

And Abraham is not alone. God calls each of us to obedience that’s costly, like loving our enemies, sharing the gospel, forgiving those who hurt us, and battling sin.

So how did Abraham obey, when…

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Five Promises for Your Bible Reading and Prayer

Steve Fuller

Do you consistently seek God in the word and prayer? Or have you tried again and again, become discouraged, and given up? We are deep enough into January that this is the story for many us. Resolutions have began to stall. And even if you do get time with God, is it life-giving? Or is it just going through the motions, reading an assigned passage, praying through your list, and…

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God's Promise for the Disappointed

Steve Fuller

Maybe you have longed for healing, for a job or for a baby or for a wife. You have faithfully and earnestly prayed for weeks and months — even years. But you are still sick, still unemployed, still childless, still single.

And you are disappointed. In fact, you are disappointed by God.

I Can Relate

For many years my wife and I longed for pregnancy. We longed and prayed. And…

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Jesus Gives Us Reasons to Obey

Steve Fuller

It’s puzzling. When I speak on living by faith I often ask, "How many of you know that Jesus calls us to love our enemies?" Everyone nods and says they know this.

Then I ask, "How many of you know the reason Jesus gives for why we should love our enemies?" Almost always the response is the same — very few know the reason.

Why don’t we know the

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