Jesus and Cerebal Palsy

Stefan Green

Jesus means everything to me. My life is worship.

Often we Christians throw around phrases like these, once full of meaning, but now uttered with too much flippancy and routine. But Rodger Frournoy, Jr. talks like this because he means it with all of his body and soul.

When I hear Rodger talk about what it’s like to live with cerebral palsy, and what Jesus means to him in the midst of his disability, I am brought to worship. It’s a wonderful thing for the church to tell stories like... Continue Reading

Be the Smile of God to Your Children

Joe Rigney
Be the Smile of God to Your Children

He’s a squirmy one, he is. If I don’t watch him, he’ll wriggle off the bed. But he doesn’t want to. He’s enjoying the tickle fight too much. I can’t blame him. Those giggles make this father’s heart want to leap out of my chest. I wonder how long this laugh will last.

Reflect on the tickle fight with me. See the layers of reality at work.

Triune Joy in Our Little Home

On the surface: an adult male and a one-year-old of the species, smiles, laughter, darting fingers,... Continue Reading

Five Truths About Christian Suffering

Joseph Scheumann
Five Truths About Christian Suffering

All Christians suffer. Either you have, you are, or you will — “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

This reality is a stark reminder that we have not reached the new heavens and new earth. The new Jerusalem of no tears and no pain, of no mourning and no death, hasn’t arrived yet (Revelation 21:1, 4).

But just because we experience suffering as we await the redemption of our bodies, it doesn’t mean that our suffering is random or... Continue Reading

When God’s Promise Overcomes Our Problem

Jason DeRouchie
When God’s Promise Overcomes Our Problem

Paul said that the old covenant mediated by Moses bore a “ministry of condemnation” (2 Corinthians 3:9). What does this mean, and would Moses have agreed?

The Book of Deuteronomy clarifies three things: 1) Moses’s old covenant plea, 2) the people’s old covenant problem, and 3) God’s new covenant promise.

1. The Old Covenant Plea

Moses called for the right things: “Love the Lᴏʀᴅ your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5), and “... Continue Reading

The Idols of a Mother’s Heart

Christina Fox
The Idols of a Mother’s Heart

When you are upset because you can’t do something you’ve wanted to do, it might be because that thing has become an idol in your heart.

I said these words one afternoon in response to one of my kids who was frustrated because I had taken away his highly valued time on the computer. We then talked about how idols are not always easy to recognize and that our emotional responses can sometimes be an indicator of what’s going on in our heart.

Idols Specific to Motherhood

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Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’

John Piper
Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’

God created the world so that he would receive glad-hearted worship from the entire panorama of peoples that he himself brought into being for this purpose.

Therefore, for the glory of God, and for the gladness of the peoples, we should join him in the aggressive missionary enterprise of reaching all the peoples of the world.

Summoning the Peoples

That is what the Cross Conference this December is about. Over 3,000 students are registered so far. I am praying for twice... Continue Reading

When the Vine Really Became Precious

Jon Bloom
When the Vine Really Became Precious

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

It was a July morning in Manila in 1985 when union with Jesus really became precious to me. I know right where I was sitting having devotions in the courtyard of the YWAM outpost.

I was a twenty-year-old struggling to understand how Christ’s work and mine worked together. What really made me acceptable to God? Something... Continue Reading

A Better Country for Old Men

David Mathis
A Better Country for Old Men

This is a plea from the younger generation to the older. We desperately need you.

Please don’t phone it in just when the King’s about to call. Don’t retire on the world’s terms and abandon your long-time local church.

As the tsunami of the Baby Boom begins to flood the shores of retirement, please don’t leave us Millennials to fend for ourselves and make the same mistakes all over again. Join John Piper in rethinking retirement, and complete the course, all the way to the finish... Continue Reading

Good News, Everyone’s Invited

Jonathan Parnell
Good News, Everyone’s Invited

Not everyone will believe the gospel, but everyone should be invited.

We know from Scripture, and experience, that not everyone will trust in Jesus and be saved. In fact, many will not. Many today sitting in churches across this country are cold to Christ, harboring impenitent hearts, deceived into thinking their works will get them to heaven. And even more not in churches. They will refuse Jesus, so why should we invite them to trust him?

Why should the gospel go to everyone?... Continue Reading

God’s Pleasure in You

Tony Reinke
God’s Pleasure in You

Does God find pleasure in you?

When he looks at you, does he smile?

In short, if you’re in Christ, the answer is yes. But the answer to how and why and on what basis needs some explaining.

We can break God’s delight for the redeemed into three categories: (1) a delight in election, (2) a delight in redemption, and (3) a delight in holiness.

1. Delight in Election

First, God has expressed delight in his children in the election. Unconditionally and freely, without a hint of injustice or... Continue Reading