Is Enjoying God the Same as Glorifying God?
Sep 28, 2020
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Does that mean enjoying God and glorifying God are the same thing?
The Holy Spirit Seals Us for God
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 10
Sep 26, 2020
What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit? And how does his sealing affect the Christian life?
Why Is the Bible So Violent?
Sep 25, 2020
The Bible depicts more violence than our modern sensibilities often want to admit. How do we handle these parts of Scripture when we come across them?
How Do I Overcome My Fear of the Future?
Sep 23, 2020
In this life, we will have trouble. In this world, we will have reasons to fear. But in Christ, our God is with us through it all.
What Does It Mean to Believe in Christ?
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 9
Sep 22, 2020
What is involved in saving faith? The devils, for instance, believe but are not saved. What is different for us?
Why Does It Matter That Christ Was ‘Begotten, Not Made’?
Sep 21, 2020
The Nicene Creed speaks of Jesus as “begotten, not made.” What does that mean, and why does it matter?
How Do We Win the Elect to Christ?
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 8
Sep 19, 2020
How do we win our elect neighbors, friends, and family members to Christ? What do we say?
Money Motivates Me to Work Hard — Is That Okay?
Sep 18, 2020
How can we tell if our desire for money is a good, God-given desire, instead of a love for Mammon? Pastor John offers seven ways to discern the difference.
How Do I Tell If I Am Lukewarm?
Sep 16, 2020
How can we tell if we are spiritually lukewarm, like the Christians in Laodicea? We can look at our private prayer life.
What Exactly Is the Gospel?
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 7
Sep 15, 2020
According to Scripture, what exactly is the gospel?
What Do You Love Most About God?
Sep 14, 2020
Unless the Bible informs what we love most about God, we risk imagining a god in our own likeness, rather than treasuring him for who he really is.
How Is the Gospel True and Saving?
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 6
Sep 12, 2020
Some define it too narrowly, and others too broadly. So, what exactly is the gospel?
‘Always Learning but Never Arriving’ — Is That Me?
Sep 11, 2020
Paul warns us about some who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” What kind of person does he have in mind?
What Is God Accomplishing in My Suffering?
Sep 9, 2020
Suffering often feels meaningless in the moment. So how can Christians learn not only to endure trials, but to rejoice in the midst of them?
Hostile Enemies Made One in Christ
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 5
Sep 8, 2020
The mystery of Christ is that former enemies — Jews and Gentiles — are now united as one in Christ and share one inheritance.
What Do My Entertainment Habits Reveal About My Soul?
Sep 7, 2020
If we cope with stress by watching movies, posting on social media, or consuming other forms of entertainment, what does that say about our souls?
If God Is Sovereign, What Can We Do?
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 4
Sep 5, 2020
If God is absolutely sovereign over everything, is there anything truly meaningful for us to do?
Does Every Sin Cost Me an Eternal Reward?
Sep 4, 2020
God promises eternal rewards for his people’s present obedience. But does every sin cost us one of those rewards?
I Feel Unappreciated — How Should I Respond?
Sep 2, 2020
Ingratitude can make us feel unwanted and unnoticed. But our Father in heaven sees in secret, and he will more than make up for every thankless deed.
Why Does the Sovereignty of God Matter?
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 3
Sep 1, 2020
The sovereignty of God is explosively relevant for all of life. Come study his power and authority over all things, including you.
Is My Career in Marketing Vain?
Aug 31, 2020
Some marketing succeeds by cultivating consumerism in the human heart. Can a Christian glorify God in that kind of job?
The Precious Importance of Predestination
Ephesians 1:11–14, Part 2
Aug 29, 2020
Why does the apostle Paul spend so much time drilling down into the realities and importance of predestination?
How Do I Recover from an Unbearable Tragedy?
Aug 28, 2020
Some tragedies make life feel barely worth living anymore. So is there any hope that we could one day be happy and at peace again?
What Does My Stealing Say About My Soul?
Aug 26, 2020
Whether we steal time, money, glances, or anything else, our impulse to take what is not rightfully ours reveals a lot about our view of God.