Focus on a Few Good Men
How God Does the Magic in Disciplemaking
Apr 19, 2020
Making disciples is hard work, but God doesn’t leave it to us to labor on our own. He gives the growth, and he does the surprising magic in our modest efforts.
Labor Like You’re Loved
How Grace Unleashes Effort
Apr 15, 2020
Those who work most energetically do so not to earn God’s favor, but because they have already received God’s favor as a gift of grace.
Corona Cannot Prevail Against Her
Apr 2, 2020
Wherever else human heads may be turning, the angelic and demonic hosts are watching the church. God is channeling his work in the world in and through his church.
Prayer Is for the Humbled
How God Meets Us in Desperation
Apr 2, 2020
The prayerful are humble, and the humble delight to pray. If humility had a sound, it would be the voice of prayer.
Feel His Pleasure
Exercise, Endorphins, and Enjoying God
Mar 29, 2020
Exercise not only improves physical health, but also impacts spiritual vitality. We love God and neighbor better when our bodies are able and ready to serve.
Come What May
Finding Patience and Joy in a Slow Calamity
Mar 27, 2020
God has prepared us, through an almost forgotten prophet, for a slow-moving calamity like the coronavirus pandemic.
Humility Begins with Listening
How to Welcome the Words of God
Mar 24, 2020
The differences between those who humble themselves before God and those who resist his will and ways are rooted in how they respond to his voice.
A Little Theology of Exercise
Mar 22, 2020
Physical exercise can be one of the best supplements to our spiritual habits of grace — to build discipline, self-control, and even increase our joy in Jesus.
Humbled by the Hand of God
How to Receive Hard Mercies
Mar 18, 2020
Humility begins with God and glorifies God, but how it glorifies him turns on how we respond when he takes his humbling initiative.
Will We Keep Singing?
Trusting God in Troubling Times
Mar 15, 2020
In the most trying of times, only a sovereign God can enable us to live with patience and joy.
No God but One
Baal, Yahweh, Amazon, and Me
Mar 5, 2020
Secularists may pretend we have come so far from the folly of ancient polytheists, but the two have more in common than we may think.
The First Requirement for Christian Leaders
Feb 23, 2020
Men who are above reproach are not only innocent of wrongdoing. They also avoid, so far as it depends on them, any suspicion of wrongdoing.
How Do I Humble Myself?
Feb 19, 2020
When trials come and God humbles us, will we bow up with pride, or will we bow down in humility?
‘I Shall Not Be Shaken’
How God Removes Our Greatest Fears
Feb 9, 2020
If you are in Christ, God is your reliable Savior, your sovereign Lord, and your greatest Treasure. No matter what comes, you will not be shaken.
Hell Will Not Unsettle Heaven
The Horror of Judgment and Promise of Joy
Feb 3, 2020
What if our shyness about the wrath of God actually erodes our joy, rather than preserving it?
What Winter Can Do to a Soul
Jan 29, 2020
The coming of winter can serve as a fresh call to arms, to renew our everyday vigilance about the sort of spiritual habits we want to have in place all year.
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.