The Merciful Gift of Desperation
Do not underestimate the power of desperation to do good for your soul.
A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon by a friend who leads a missionary team that has planted itself into one of the least…Continue Reading
Share in the Glory of the Winter Games
Don’t just watch the Olympics. Be a part.
The Christian can enjoy the Games with more substance and depth than anyone. Here’s a call to Olympic viewing with spiritual significance.
Our God and his Book give us unmatched capacities to…Continue Reading
I Know the Plans I Have for You
Jeremiah 29:11 is a precious verse to many: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
So how can Gentile John…Continue Reading
Death: Shall We Weep or Rejoice?
When a Christian dies, shall those of us who remain weep or rejoice? The biblical answer is both, even simultaneously.
I saw this in a new place as I was memorizing my way through Philippians again. I had never noticed…Continue Reading
Make the Most of Your Conference
Eternity Changes Everything
All Christians go to heaven. But some leap and stride into paradise from their deathbeds — peaceful, confident, and happy. Others limp and shuffle — clinging, denying, and frightened. Why the difference?
In my experience, it’s what they know (or…Continue Reading
Corporate Worship: A Lifting of the Gaze
I had preached the funeral of their baby just a few days before. Some of our best friends laid to rest their little girl, marking one of the most difficult days of my life. While preaching graveside, my eyes rested…Continue Reading
Blessings Too Big
Recently, my son (age 2) looked up at his big sister (age 5) sitting on the bathroom counter next to the sink, raised his little arms and said confidently, “Jump my arms! My catch wu!” [Let the reader be aware…Continue Reading
Three Reasons to Get Some Sleep
Life is short. Stay awake for it.
So goes the tagline for the second largest coffee franchise in America. It’s catchy and practical. Drink our coffee, it suggests, not merely for its taste, but for its benefits, that is,…Continue Reading