Meditate to Move Mountains
How God’s Words Lead to Our Prayers
Jan 23, 2020
Pagans may pretend to “dial up” God in prayer, but Christians start by listening to his voice. What has he said to us about himself, his world, his people, his Son? First we hear him out, then we respond in prayer.
The Name That Opens Heaven
Why God Will Hear Our Prayers
Jan 10, 2020
We pray in Jesus’s name because he is our brother and fellow human, our fellow sufferer, our substitute, and our pioneer into the presence of God.
Seize the Morning
New Habits for a New Year
Dec 30, 2019
A thousand potential distractions compete for our attention in the first moments of each day. And almost all of them can wait until we first hear from God.
The Normal Child None Expected
Dec 25, 2019
Why was Jesus wrapped in swaddling cloths? Because even he needed protection and security, warmth and stability, like every other newborn.
Christmas Doesn’t Ignore Your Pain
Dec 18, 2019
Christmas, in this age, doesn’t guarantee merry and bright. Not yet. But it does promise that merriness and brightness are breaking in.
The Legacy of Good Leadership Is Sacrifice
Why Jesus Was the Lion of Judah
Dec 15, 2019
In a world that too often exploits the weak to benefit the strong, God wants his people to use their strength and resources to help people — not to hurt them.
This Advent Will Change You
The Habit of Waiting for Christmas
Dec 1, 2019
With every passing year, we have to be more vigilant, even aggressive and relentless, to remind ourselves, and our children, and our churches, what really is the heart and inspiration of Christmas.
How to Read the Bible Better
Nov 18, 2019
Whatever your stage of life, experience, and proficiency, consider six basic principles for how to read God’s Book better.
Manage Your Household Well
The Tragedy of Distracted Dads and Pastors
Nov 7, 2019
Managing a household well is not static. It’s ever changing, and changing in such a way that it demands more, not less, from the husband and father.
God Wrote a Book
The Wonder of Having His Words
Nov 1, 2019
God wrote a Book. And gave it to us. Let’s give ourselves to this wonder, and marvel that we get to handle his words.
How to Seek Your Joy in God
Three Habits for Christian Hedonists
Oct 25, 2019
Do you want greater joy in God? Listen expectantly to his voice in Scripture, enjoy his attentive ear in prayer, and cherish the gift of fellow believers.
How Jesus Secures Your Highest Joy
Oct 16, 2019
At the cross, Jesus not only removed God’s righteous wrath and secured for us new hearts; he also revealed to us new glory, and became our greatest treasure.
The Wonder of All We Have in Christ
Five Contrasts at the Heart of Hebrews
Oct 10, 2019
God gave Christians the Old Testament to help us pay all the more attention to — and feel greater appreciation and wonder for — what we now have in Jesus.
Laziness Is Profoundly Unchristian
How Free Grace Awakens Hard Work
Sep 26, 2019
Laziness in professing Christians dishonors the power and strength that has come to dwell in us in God the Spirit.
All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name
Sep 22, 2019
When Jesus finally sat down at the right hand of the Father, it was the most breathtaking inauguration history has ever seen.
Get to the Cross and Never Leave
Sep 19, 2019
Without the cross, we can have morality and civility, but we cannot have holiness. All true holiness springs from the cross.
How to Restore Your Spiritual Sanity
A Prayer for Those Feeling Fragile
Sep 4, 2019
God does not expect you to ignore the pain, suffering, and confusion in life, and just praise him anyway. He wants you to find peace and joy through praise.
Not One of God’s Words Will Fail
Aug 19, 2019
Not one word of God’s has ever failed. Some come to pass overnight; others over generations and centuries. Every word is just as certain as God is God.
Everything He Says He Does
The Personal and Specific Sovereignty of God
Jul 31, 2019
When it feels like God couldn’t possibly work what you’re going through for good, remember everything he says he does.
God Will Give You the Energy
Working Hard in Another’s Strength
Jul 25, 2019
You are not bound by the energy levels you were born with. Jesus loves to make a practice of working his own divine-human energy into the bodies of his people.
Pride Disqualifies a Pastor
Why Humility Is Vital for Ministry
Jul 18, 2019
Unchecked pride is a grave danger in any soul — and especially in those called to teach and lead the church.
Improve Your Baptism
Immersion as a Means of Grace
Jul 1, 2019
God means for the memory of your baptism to fortify your soul in the moment of temptation and bolster your sense of assurance.
The Precious Power of the Blood
Five Benefits Christ Purchased for You
Jun 27, 2019
Christians of all stripes affirm there is power in the blood of Jesus. But have you ever paused to ask how? How does it work, and what does it do for us?
Moved by All Our Sorrows
The Tender Compassion of Christ
Jun 18, 2019
When God himself walked among us, he did not erupt with anger at every turn, though he could have. Instead, he showed a heart abounding with compassion.