God Made You a Hedonist
Do You Suppress Your Desire for Happiness?
May 16, 2018
Joy is not optional in the Christian life. It is essential. Because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
The Secret Benefit of Fasting
May 3, 2018
Christian fasting is abstaining for the sake of some specific Christian purpose, or it is not truly Christian.
God Wants to Win You from Within
Apr 19, 2018
When Jesus bids us, “Follow me,” he doesn’t call us to die to real joy, but to find it. He seeks to win us from within, and change us from the inside out.
The Hour Had Come
Maundy Thursday in the Garden of Agony
Mar 29, 2018
In Gethsemane, Jesus faced the death to self that came before the death at Calvary.
Water, Milk, and Wine
Three Promises for the Thirsty
Mar 22, 2018
Water will keep us alive. Milk will make us strong. Wine will give us joy. Each is just a sip of what God offers, free of charge, in Christ.
My Little Daughter
A Father’s Glimpse into the Heart of God
Mar 15, 2018
Jesus cared for an old woman with the compassion, affection, and protection that a dad has for his daughter — and showed us his Father’s tender care for each one of us.
Jesus Is More Than Your Savior
Mar 7, 2018
Our salvation doesn’t show God’s commitment to his work as much as his commitment to his child.
What Is the Unforgivable Sin?
Hope for Those Feeling Too Far Gone
Feb 23, 2018
It’s one thing to suppose that Jesus is out of his mind, but it’s another thing to attribute the work of God’s Spirit to the devil.
Lord, Tell Me All I Have in You
Feb 18, 2018
If you want to prepare your heart for worship, listen to this recording of “God of Ages Past” by Shane & Shane, and read a short meditation written for the song.
The Laying on of Hands
A Precious (and Misunderstood) Means of Grace Today
Feb 8, 2018
What does the Bible teach about “the laying on of hands,” and how should this ancient ritual function, or not, in the church today?
Pray Shorter Prayers
Jan 25, 2018
When was the last time, if ever, you heard a public prayer as simple, unpretentious, and to the point as Jesus’s model prayer?
God Laughs Out Loud to Quiet Our Fears
Jan 11, 2018
God laughs out loud for our sake — to strike terror in the hearts of his foes, and to fill his children with the confidence and comfort we will never be defeated.
Marry the Bible This Year
Dec 28, 2017
The more resolutions we try to bite off at the same time, the less likely we are to make real and lasting progress on any of them.
The Arrival of Great Joy
Dec 24, 2017
Plain old joy undersells the glory of Christmas. Christ’s coming is not simply an occasion for joy, but great joy.
Words Are the Greatest Gifts
Dec 14, 2017
Presents may get the publicity at Christmas, but words are the greatest vessels for sharing real joy.
Is God Calling Me to Be a Pastor?
Dec 6, 2017
God grabs pastors by the heart; he doesn’t twist them by the arm. He wants men who do the work from delight, not from a sense of duty.
Thank God, We Have the Meats
Nov 23, 2017
Long before a nationwide fast-food chain began claiming, “We have the meats,” the people of God did.
The Main Ingredient in Personal Growth
Nov 16, 2017
The aggressive sway of this sin-sick world, and the power of the Spirit within us, affords Christians no place for standing still.
Basics for How to Study the Bible
Nov 12, 2017
When we study the Bible, we are after God’s meaning — not our own. And the best way to discover God’s meaning is to pray and ask questions of the text.
Do You Sleep Less Than Jesus?
Nov 9, 2017
Sleep is not only a divine gift to be received and appreciated, but also a good to be sacrificed, when necessary, in the cause of love.
Read Your Translation with Confidence
Nov 3, 2017
You don’t need to know Hebrew and Greek to know your Bible. God always meant for his word to enter every nation and be translated into every language.
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Discovering the Power of Luther’s Original Lyrics
Oct 29, 2017
As strong as this “battle hymn of the Reformation” is in our English, it is even stronger in its original form.
A Simple Plan for Time Alone with Jesus
Oct 22, 2017
Over the long run, our time alone with Jesus will go better if we have a plan — something that can guide us whether we have five minutes or an hour.
The Majestic Beard of Zurich
Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575)
Oct 20, 2017
Without Zwingli there would have been no Reformation in Zurich. Without Heinrich Bullinger it would not have lasted.