Whose Son Is the Messiah?
King David and the God of Israel
Nov 19, 2023
When Jesus asks the Pharisees how David calls the Messiah “Lord,” they refuse to answer. What made that seemingly simple question so incendiary?
The Life-Altering Reality of Sheer Divine Existence
Nov 12, 2023
God is. No reality is more mind-boggling, more valuable, more life-altering, more electrifying than the absolute being of God.
Grace Will Order All Your Pain
Retirement Message for Dana Olson
Oct 15, 2023
What is sovereign, sustaining grace? It is not grace that spares us pain, but grace that orders our pain — and then sustains us through the pain.
The Spell That Opened Heaven
Funeral Message for Daniel Fuller (1925–2023)
Sep 10, 2023
Romans 8:32 is perhaps the greatest verse in the Bible. No other text quite describes how far God has gone for our salvation and will go for our joy.
The Final Hours of Suffering
Funeral Message for Nancy Nelson (1952–2023)
Aug 6, 2023
God’s word speaks to the mysteries of suffering. We will only bear pain well as we begin to see it like he does.
More Thrilling to Be Saved Than to Succeed
Jul 12, 2023
What excites a Christian most? Our deepest, truest joy does not flow from completed degrees or flourishing ministries, but from the God who saved us.
Happy Pastors Make Healthy Churches
Jul 2, 2023
Christ’s blood bought more than our pardon, precious as it is. His death also purchased the power we need to live a radical Christian life.
Why Bethlehem Has a College
Biblical Foundations for Church-Based Education
Jun 18, 2023
What makes a college distinctly Christian? Education is not an end in itself, but a means to knowing and loving Christ.
Not Dead Yet
Fighting Nine Fears of Old Age
May 28, 2023
As we age, fears can multiply like wrinkles. But for every concern, we have a blood-bought promise far, far older than our fears.
The Demons, the Fever, and the Word of the King
May 14, 2023
While on earth, Jesus spoke with unmatched power. Demons obeyed him, and fevers fled at his word. Everything was subject to him — then and now.
Danger Averted, Destiny Attained
Funeral Message for Lois Nelson (1919–2023)
Apr 13, 2023
When a Christian goes home to be with the Lord, we who remain have the chance to rehearse God’s loving design in every believer’s death.
Saving Faith as Treasuring Christ
Apr 6, 2023
What is the actual experience of receiving Christ? What happens in the soul? Saving faith sees the Son not only as useful, but precious.
What Will Man Be Like for Countless Future Ages?
Mar 5, 2023
When our hearts run dry, and our good works languish, the Bible bids us: “Consider the end.”
It Will Be Worth It
Overcoming Obstacles to World Missions
Jan 29, 2023
When it comes to missions, reasons abound to stay rather than to go. But for every apparent obstacle, countless promises say, “It will be worth it.”
Is Jesus an Egomaniac?
Overcoming a Major Obstacle to Christian Faith
Jan 8, 2023
What do we call an obsessively self-centered person? An egomaniac. Then what should we call God, who demands all our praise? We call him gracious.
The Lord Governs My Good and Is My Good
All of Psalm 16 for a New Year
Dec 29, 2022
When we pray for God to preserve us, we ask that he would be not only our Lord, but our life — not only our God, but our highest and everlasting good.
Prince of What Peace?
How Christmas Overcomes Our Conflicts
Dec 25, 2022
At the root of all conflict is man’s conflict with God. At Christmas, we celebrate that God took the initiative to establish true peace.
The Joy of the Puritans
Dec 11, 2022
The Puritans took joy seriously because they read the Bible carefully. They saw that delight in God is at the heart of all true obedience.
The Purposes of God in the Pain of the World
Nov 27, 2022
Before he created the earth, God knew pain would plague this world. And not only knew, but planned. And not only planned — but purposed.
How Can a Holy God Have Pleasure in Sinners?
Nov 20, 2022
You will not be perfect in this life, but you can be pleasing to God. You can become a real ingredient in the divine happiness.
God Made the World for Worship
His Glory in Individuals and Gatherings
Nov 17, 2022
The individual soul’s affection for God is essential to the corporate, eternal reality of the worshiping church.
Six Steps for Abounding in Hope
Oct 11, 2022
Hope produces joy and peace, and as we patiently endure tribulation by the power of the Holy Spirit, hope feeds on its own fruit and abounds all the more.
How Is Joy the Root of Sacrificial Love?
Oct 2, 2022
When glad in God, we bend low in love for others. We imitate Christ, who not only bowed the knee but hung his body on the tree.
Water from the Rock for Undeserving People
Aug 7, 2022
God promises us his life-sustaining presence, even as he leads us into waterless regions of suffering and loss.
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