He Descended into Hell?
Apr 4, 2015
Where was Jesus after Good Friday? Becoming like us in every way, Jesus’s spirit went to Hades — not to suffer but to open the way to heaven.
Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy
Morning & Evening Meditations for Holy Week
Mar 14, 2016
A team of pastors and scholars walk us through Holy Week with short meditations for each morning and evening, from Palm Sunday to the triumph of Easter.
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015
God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles, which are integral to God’s good design for humanity.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Jan 13, 2015
Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful, temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle.
The Enticing Sin of Empathy
How Satan Corrupts Through Compassion
May 31, 2019
Satan drives a subtle and enticing ferry from the truth that feelings are important to the lie that feelings are all that’s important.
The Gift of God’s Judgment
Our Election Crisis and Opportunity
Oct 20, 2016
The election of either candidate may be evidence of God’s judgment. But what if the fact that we’re faced with this horrible choice is already our call to repentance?
Ask God to Forgive You, Not Excuse You
Five Lessons from C.S. Lewis
Apr 10, 2018
When we confess to God as we are, we find that we become our true selves — stable, strong, full of life and joy, and conformed to the image of Christ.
Some Lose God While Serving God
A Subtle Danger in Christian Ministry
Mar 26, 2021
How many have lost Christ while doing much for Christ? They evangelize, do good works, defend the truth, and yet in the process, forget their first love.
The Good War Against Moods
How Stubborn Faith Overcomes Feelings
Dec 26, 2021
Saving faith is a stubborn thing. It holds onto Christ even when our emotions and moods bid us to let go.
When to Baptize Our Believing Children
Jul 6, 2015
Baptized members, in a congregational church, must be able to stand in the assembly of saints on their own two feet. Which has implications for when we baptize our believing children.
Lord, Deliver Me from Me
A Daily Prayer Against Unbelief
Feb 7, 2022
When doubts assail and fears prevail, run to your Father in prayer: “Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in you.”
Where Do We Find Jesus in the Old Testament?
Aug 12, 2011
For me, one of the most exciting elements of Scripture is its use of typology. Put simply, [Typology is] the idea that persons (e.g., Moses), events (e.g., the exodus), and institutions (e.g., the temple) can — in the plan of…
Pray and Obey Anyway
How God Meets Us in the Valley
Sep 19, 2021
Do you want to know what devastates the halls of hell? A Christian who feels abandoned by God and yet still believes, still prays, still loves, still obeys.
Beware the Anger of Your Soul
How to Restrain Ungodly Passion
Oct 17, 2021
As we feel the temperature of our souls rising, we need to stop and remind ourselves that ungodly anger will only add iniquity to our injury.
Seven Ways to Pray on Election Day
Nov 8, 2016
Judgment always begins with the household of God. Heartfelt repentance for our own sins is where we must start.
I Have No Good Apart from You
Prayer of the Satisfied Heart
Apr 11, 2022
Many of us struggle to experience contentment because we look for it in the wrong places. The satisfied heart prays, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
Walk the War Before You
What It Means to Live by the Spirit
Feb 17, 2022
If the Spirit lives in you, you do not need to give in to sinful desires anymore. You will not be perfect, but you can be increasingly free.
The Shadrach Option
Sep 10, 2015
Shadrach and his friends, along with the early Christians, recognized the idolatrous claim for what it was, and they refused to go along. They defied. They said, “No.” And here’s the clincher: They did so because they were seeking the good of the city.
The Confusing and Perfect Love of Christ
Jul 5, 2021
Sometimes the hardest part of following Jesus is waiting for him to help, to heal, to answer. His delays, however, are expressions of his love.
Invisible and Unmistakable
How Scripture Pictures the Holy Spirit
Apr 21, 2022
If you want to understand the Holy Spirit better, you can begin by grasping the images of the Spirit given in Scripture: wind and breath, spirit and river, oil and bird.
Confronting the Problem(s) of Evil
Biblical, Philosophical, and Emotional Reflections on a Perpetual Question
Dec 15, 2012
Introduction Where was God? The question is always the same. After the initial shock and horror subsides, after the news crews go home, we're always left with the same question: Where was God? Did he know it was going to…
Do You Feel My Pain?
Empathy, Sympathy, and Dangerous Virtues
May 2, 2020
Empathy has become a more popular virtue than sympathy in recent decades. But the shift does not come without its dangers.
Killing Them Softly
Compassion That Warms Satan’s Heart
May 24, 2019
If he can, Satan will suck even these seven words dry, rendering them poetic and meaningless: “God works all things together for good.”
The Deepest Part of You
How Feelings Relate to Choices
Jan 20, 2022
How much do our feelings reveal who we are? What might we learn from a seeming disagreement between John Piper and C.S. Lewis.
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