Will You Wake Up a Christian Tomorrow?
Jan 21, 2021
For all who are in Christ, holiness is not only a command. It is a promise.
Trembling at Sin, Marveling at Grace
Jan 20, 2021
Seeing and savoring God’s providence in our redemption fills us with wonder and trembling joy. We owe everything to his grace.
God Is Not Stingy with Mercy
Ephesians 2:4–7, Part 3
Jan 19, 2021
Where would we be today, or in a thousand years, if God were not rich in mercy?
Martin Luther King and His Partner in the Cause
Jan 18, 2021
Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus.
Faith That Satisfies — and Saves
What It Means to Come to Jesus
Jan 17, 2021
The nature of genuine saving faith isn’t mere mental assent, but receiving all that God is for us in Jesus Christ.
Are You Amazed You Are a Christian?
Ephesians 2:4–7, Part 2
Jan 16, 2021
It always takes immeasurable power to raise the dead to life. Every Christian has an amazing testimony.
Is an Audio Bible Sufficient for Devotions?
Jan 15, 2021
Is listening to the Bible just as good as reading it? Or do we risk missing something if our Bible intake comes mainly through listening?
Confronting Lukewarm Worship
Jan 13, 2021
When we see and savor the providence of God, lukewarm worship gives way to wonder, awe, and holy reverence before our majestic God.
Welcome to a God-Entranced World
Invitation into the Wonders of Providence
Jan 12, 2021
From the falling of the snow to the rotation of the earth, no natural process falls outside God’s pervasive and purposeful providence.
Does God Save Us from God?
Ephesians 2:4–7, Part 1
Jan 12, 2021
When Christians say that we are “saved,” what exactly are we being saved from?
How Do I Bear with Immature Christians?
Jan 11, 2021
Faithful pastors long to see their churches grow up in faith, hope, and love. So, how does a pastor bear with those who seem to be going backward?
What (and When) Is the Wrath of God?
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 10
Jan 9, 2021
The plight of all humanity is that we are lovers of sin and sons of disobedience. This makes us by nature children of wrath.
How Often Should I Question My Salvation?
Jan 8, 2021
The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation?
What Difference Does Providence Make?
Jan 6, 2021
What difference does seeing and savoring the providence of God make? Pastor John explains why providence overflows with practical implications.
Who Are the Sons of Disobedience?
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 9
Jan 5, 2021
Apart from Christ, we were so sinful, so wicked, so rebellious that Scripture called us children of disobedience.
Can I Take a Vaccine Made from Aborted Babies?
Jan 4, 2021
Several vaccines in current use are developed from the cells of aborted babies. Can Christians use these vaccines in good conscience?
God Defeated the God of This World
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 8
Jan 2, 2021
The ruler and authority of the air is the same as the god of this world. The whole world lies in his power — for now.
How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading?
Jan 1, 2021
Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory.
Jan 1, 2021
The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.
Eight Years of APJ, and What’s Ahead
Dec 30, 2020
At the end of another year, Pastor John reflects on 2020, the world of Ephesians, and the need for a new tidal wave of God-centered teaching.
This Present Evil Age of Sin
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 7
Dec 29, 2020
Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master.
Should We Talk More About ‘Following Jesus’?
Dec 28, 2020
In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament?
Walking in Sin Enslaves Us to Sin
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 6
Dec 26, 2020
Anyone who assumes he is free and independent apart from God is in reality enslaved to the world and a lackey of Satan.
Is Christmas Too Pagan for Christians?
Dec 25, 2020
Christmas offers an opportunity to look upon the incarnation with fresh amazement. But does the timing of our celebration just reflect pagan tradition?