Is God Present or Absent in Hell?
Jun 27, 2022
Is God present in hell, as John seems to say in Revelation 14:10 — or is he absent, as Paul seems to say in 2 Thessalonians 1:9?
The Uncommon Virtue of Humility
Jun 26, 2022
Humility flourishes in hearts that focus not on being humble, but on gladly exalting Jesus, who is superior to us in every possible way.
A Christ-Exalting Renunciation of Power
1 Thessalonians 2:5–8, Part 2
Jun 25, 2022
An apostle has more authority than an earthly king, so why did Paul make it a point to lay down his power so often?
What’s the Center of Our Holiness?
Jun 24, 2022
Scripture describes the process of sanctification in many different ways. How can we weave the various strands together into one coherent picture?
Sex, Money, Praise, Power — No!
1 Thessalonians 2:5–8, Part 1
Jun 23, 2022
Pastors, we must not minister for popularity, for greed, for sex, for power. Shepherd from a love for people, for God, and for his glory.
God’s Love and My Sickness
Jun 22, 2022
Because Jesus loved Lazarus, the Gospel of John tells us, he did not come to him right away, but lingered and let him die. How is that love?
Gospel Authenticity, Proven and Pure
1 Thessalonians 2:1–4, Part 2
Jun 21, 2022
How do you know if your boldness in your faith is from yourself or from God?
Crucial Texts for Our Hardest Battles
Jun 20, 2022
When temptation strikes, we need more than a vague sense of God’s goodness — we need specific promises. Pastor John shares his favorite passages for fighting sin.
Boldness in Conflict Comes from God
1 Thessalonians 2:1–4, Part 1
Jun 18, 2022
Is the Spirit ever more evident than when a man keeps sharing the gospel despite all it has cost him?
Is God More Honored or Dishonored in the World?
Jun 17, 2022
If God aims to be glorified in this world, why is human history and the daily news filled with so much that dishonors him?
Jesus Delivers Us from the Wrath to Come
1 Thessalonians 1:7–10, Part 4
Jun 16, 2022
No suffering is like eternal suffering under the righteous wrath of Christ. Flee to him for refuge from that coming disaster.
The Pervasive Problem of Loving Money
Jun 15, 2022
The love of money often lives where others least suspect, like in the hearts of Pharisees, miracle workers, and those who seem most moral.
Christian Life as Waiting and Serving
1 Thessalonians 1:7–10, Part 3
Jun 14, 2022
Jesus does not leave us to wait in passivity and inactivity. As he leaves, he says, “Engage in my business until I come.”
How Do I ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer?
Jun 13, 2022
Paul speaks of wrestling in prayer, and many of us use his phrase. But what might our prayer lives actually feel like if we wrestled like the apostle?
Dead Idols Don’t Give Living Joy
1 Thessalonians 1:7–10, Part 2
Jun 11, 2022
False gods clamor for our embrace and affection, but only our God can deliver what he promises: life and joy everlasting.
Counsel for Wives with Harsh Husbands
Jun 10, 2022
“Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them,” Paul writes. But what can a wife do if she finds herself with a harsh man?
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Human Example
1 Thessalonians 1:7–10, Part 1
Jun 9, 2022
Each of us has an opportunity to become an example for someone in a way that strengthens them to live for Christ.
Eight Essentials for Christian Living
Jun 8, 2022
How does God bring us from the grace of new birth to the glory of heaven? Pastor John explains eight essentials for Christian living from 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.
What Kind of Conduct Validates the Gospel?
1 Thessalonians 1:2–7, Part 5
Jun 7, 2022
Can preachers today say to their people, “You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake”?
Did Jesus Tell Us to Give to Every Panhandler?
Jun 6, 2022
Jesus tells us to give to those who ask, but Paul warns the church against giving to the lazy. How might we apply these teachings when we meet a panhandler?
Joy in Affliction Validates Election
1 Thessalonians 1:2–7, Part 4
Jun 4, 2022
A great way to know that you are a genuine Christian: you receive the word of God with joy, even when afflictions and setbacks come.
Did Jesus Disregard the Sacrificial System?
Jun 3, 2022
If there is no forgiveness without shed blood, how could Jesus forgive sins apart from the sacrificial system and prior to his own death?
Invincible Joy Confirms Our Election
1 Thessalonians 1:2–7, Part 3
Jun 2, 2022
Joy in Christ that withers when tribulation comes had no real root to begin with. Real joy perseveres even through real trials.
Prayer in the Age of Global Hate
Jun 1, 2022
In an age of hate, Christians testify to God’s grace by praying for all kinds of people: high and low, white and black, Democrat and Republican, friend and enemy.
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