Blog Posts on Encouragement
Don’t Give Up in the Lean Seasons
I want to encourage you who are younger in ministry that lean seasons will come, and by grace you can make it through.
A Billy Graham illustration and a personal one.
Sometimes It Rains
We always think of Billy Graham’s…Continue Reading
Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was grieved. Sitting on the beach after breakfast, Jesus had just asked him for the third time if he loved him. Peter had already wholeheartedly answered yes twice. What else was…Continue Reading
What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile
There are mornings when I wake up feeling fragile. Vulnerable. It’s often vague. No single threat. No one weakness. Just an amorphous sense that something is going to go wrong and I will be responsible. It’s usually after a lot…Continue Reading
How God Makes Futility Serve Your Joy
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (Romans 8:20).
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the…Continue Reading
Luther on Five Actions for Struggling Believers
Jerome Weller was a theology student under Martin Luther's direct influence, living in his home and tutoring his children for nearly a decade. In July 1530, Luther wrote a letter of advice to Weller who was in the midst of…Continue Reading
How Responsible Are We When the World Rejects Our Message?
It is a humble impulse to feel that our weak effect on people is our own fault. And it may often be true. There are character traits in speakers that God uses to overcome resistance in hearers (Acts 11:24; Matthew…Continue Reading
Don't Neglect Reminding
It is essential to say grand old truths again and again. There is ample evidence in the Bible that they are quickly forgotten.
Remember, there are different kinds of forgetting.
One is that great truths are gone out of the…Continue Reading
When God Will Not Use Bigness
There are saving works that God will only do through small churches and ordinary people, not through large churches and more sophisticated people.
The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the…