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 “work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
So we should do things for God. But what does that mean?
Not to Meet God’s Needs
Sometimes when we talk about doing something for someone, we mean that we are going to meet their needs. So if we talked about doing something for the poor, we mean we are going to meet the needs of t…
The key to commending others is knowing Jesus.
Not only is he the source of all that is right and good and beautiful, but as the God-man, he is the perfect human embodiment of our standard for praise. When we spot in others some commendable attitude or action — something that even faintly echoes one of Jesus’s many excellencies — the Christian thing to do is point it out and praise it.
Essential Ingredient in Healthy Relationships
When it comes to affirming others, Sam Crabtree literally wrote the book on it. He is author of Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God, and those who know him can testify to how refreshingly he lives out the message in everyday life…
The story of the rich young man in Mark 10 has a chilling message: earthly prosperity can make people spiritually destitute.
“Teacher! Teacher, please wait!”
Jesus and his disciples were just leaving town. They turned and saw a young man hurrying toward them. His clothes, carriage, elocution all communicated “aristocrat.” But his face was distressed and there was urgency in his voice. The disciples assumed someone else needed healing or deliverance.
The man dropped to his knees in front of Jesus and blurted out, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Unusual. Not many wealthy people were so earnest about such things. The disciples looked back at Jesus. Still trying to fig…
On August 1 Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for kidnapping three girls he locked in his home for a decade, which included torture and rape, and the murder of an unborn child. Yesterday, a little over a month after this sentence, Castro was found dead in his jail cell. He had hanged himself.
And I wonder, is anyone sad for Ariel Castro?
Reports have already appeared on the “little sympathy” this suicide engenders from the public. Anderson Cooper, a paragon of political correctness, so casually referred to Castro as a “monster” last night on CNN. Not to mention, the timing of Castro’s death comes in the middle of other important things that occupy our attention,…
If a picture is worth a thousand words, an 11-minute video could be worth a million. Still, more can always be said, and probably should be.
Desiring God gave me the opportunity here to clarify God’s calling on my life and share from my heart to those who may have questions after watching Drafted.
Did I Have to Quit Football?
Some might ask if I think football is evil. When I decided to follow Christ, did I have to quit playing football? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I think football is a beautiful thing, and I have a deep appreciation for any brother in Christ who labors on that mission field.
Football is a game that is filled with passion, intensity, and effort. Football can be …
Recently my dear friend Sarah took a courageous step of faith.
She, her husband, and their three young children packed all their belongings in ten suitcases, boarded a plane for the Middle East, and set off to start a new life ministering in a Muslim country.
Already they have faced many unknowns that would drive most of us into a tizzy — such as how they will school their kids, where they’ll be living, and how language school will work with caring for a family, among many others. But Sarah went joyfully, knowing this was God’s call on her family’s life.
A Surprising Insight from Babel
Some women in our church have been studying the book of Genesis, using The Promised One by Nancy Guthri…
In the months leading up to my daughter’s birth, I contemplated what it would be like to raise a child. I thought, if I can barely remember to put deodorant on in the mornings, how could I possibly steward another life? More importantly, how will I lead her to cherish Jesus? What if she one day rejects the gospel?
I felt the enormous weight of Deuteronomy 6 where God commands his people to teach his statutes “diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7). Raising an eternal soul was, and still is, terrifying.
The Bible tells us that the home is the most immediate …
The Tuesday after a long holiday weekend may feel like the epitome of the mundane. It’s easy to sense joy in Labor Day’s food, friends, and freedom. It’s much harder to find it returning to the ruthless routine of work and school and family.
Unless your joy is in Jesus.
In this two-and-a-half-minute video, pastor Jeff Vanderstelt uncovers some keys to rediscovering joy each day, in the everyday things of your life — yes, even the Tuesday things. Because Jesus is in the details, every detail, we can enjoy him everywhere, even in life’s very familiar routine.
Three resources from John Piper for your joy in Jesus:
One thing I am sure of intuitively: God’s ways are higher than my ways. Which means: If he reveals through the Bible his ways of loving me, they will certainly be jarring.
The ease with which the human race presumes to tell God how he should love is breathtaking. There is only one way to know how God loves me: Listen to what he tells me, and believe him.
One of the things he tells me in the Bible is that he loved Israel from all eternity in a way differently from the way he loves the other nations. And then he tells me that there is a true Israel made up of believers in the Messiah Jesus, whom he has loved from all eternity in a way differently from the way he loves other people. This is j…
Discouragement comes in many forms. So our weapons must be varied.
Before I accepted the call to become a pastor 33 years ago, my father wrote me a discouraging letter — a kind of warning about the pastorate. He gave me a long list of the discouragements, pitfalls, and hardships of pastoral ministry. Later, when I accepted the call, he rejoiced with me and said that the letter was not meant to stop me, but to prove the reality of my call. If I could move forward, he said, after reading this bleak picture, I must be called.
I have just spent half an hour looking for those letters in my files and journals. I can’t find them. But I did a computer search of 25 years of journals with the words …