Your Spouse Is God’s Creation
Celebrating Differences in Marriage
Nov 23, 2022
How might your marriage be different if you consistently celebrated the unique, inconvenient ways God made the two of you?
Every Other Hope Will Disappoint
May 29, 2021
Many of us say that our hope is in God, but then spend our days looking elsewhere. What does it mean to hope, really hope, in God?
Do Not Silence Your Mess
Meeting God in Everyday Chaos
Mar 13, 2020
When life gets messy, when troubles mount and you’re tempted to forget God, let your heart cry out to him.
You Are Not the Author of Your Story
Aug 9, 2019
Don’t live merely for your own story — your own dreams, ambitions, and desires. Live for the story that will never end.
Two Verses Held Me Through Suffering
Apr 11, 2019
You may suffer intensely. You may suffer unfairly. You may suffer chronically. But in Christ, you will never suffer alone.
Suffering Revealed How Weak I Was
What I Learned from Kidney Failure
Oct 5, 2018
Suffering is never just a matter of the body, but is always also a matter of the heart. When we suffer, our hearts are under attack.
Debt Is Not a Money Problem
Aug 6, 2018
Getters can become givers. We can climb out of debt. God’s grace opens the door to a whole new relationship with money.
Are There Lies in Your Christmas Tree?
Telling Our Children the True Story
Nov 29, 2017
The Advent season tells a tragic and terrific story about a tree. Not the one decorated in the living room, but the one where our salvation was purchased in full.
You Don’t Need More Parenting Advice
Oct 8, 2016
Before seeking out nuggets of advice for practical issues in raising children, Christian parents must begin with a gospel foundation.
Finding the Doorway to Hope
Nov 11, 2014
Hopelessness is the doorway to hope. You have to give up on yourself before you will be excited about the hope that is yours in Christ Jesus.
Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones
Dec 29, 2013
I’ve told the story many times of talking impatiently with my wife one Sunday morning and having my nine-year-old son interject, “Daddy, is this the way a Christian man should be talking to his wife?” Rather sarcastically I said, “What…
Hope That Won't Stumble
Nov 9, 2011
What do the Psalms look to? What is the theme that courses its way through psalm after psalm? What gives the Psalms their meaning and depth? Well, the thing that the Psalms point to again and again isn’t a “thing”…
The Three Ways of Grace (Part 2)
Oct 8, 2011
In my last post, I looked with you at the grace of forgiveness. Here we will consider the other aspects of God's gracious work in our hearts The Grace of Enablement Once confidence in God’s forgiveness has called you…
The Three Ways of Grace (Part 1)
Sep 14, 2011
Grace enters your life in three powerful forms. These aspects of God’s grace really do have the power to undo you and rebuild you once again. I will look at one in this post and the other two in a…
Between a Rabbi and Two Imams
Aug 3, 2011
It was a wonderful opportunity. I was asked to participate in an open discussion about death and dying from a patient’s perspective. The event was held at a local medical college. It was the first ministry situation I had ever…
Five "Benefits" of Unforgiveness (Then the Better Way)
Jul 6, 2011
Why don’t people just forgive? That is a very good question. If forgiveness is easier and more beneficial, why isn’t it more popular? The sad reality is that there is short-term, relationally destructive power in refusing to forgive. Holding onto…
God's Wisdom, Your Relationships
Jun 1, 2011
God’s Word really does open up to us the mysteries of the universe. It really does make us wiser than we could ever be without it. And yet, having said all this, it's sad that we don’t take more advantage…
The Danger of Self-Defense
Apr 8, 2011
A friend tells you he wants to talk to you, and when you get together, you realize that what he really wanted to do was confront you. You’re not really excited about being told bad things about yourself, but this…
The Grace of Confession (Part 2)
Mar 4, 2011
A properly functioning conscience is a grace Many relationships travel a one-way road in the wrong direction—the direction of a hardened heart. In the early days of the relationship we’re concerned with winning the other person, being loving, kind, serving…
The Grace of Confession (Part 1)
Feb 28, 2011
I often wonder how many people are stuck in their relationships in a cycle of repeating the same things over and over again. They repeat the same misunderstandings. They rehearse and re-rehearse the same arguments. They repeat the same wrongs…
Spiritual Muscle Development
Jan 26, 2011
So, what happens inside of you when you are asked to wait? Is waiting, for you, a time of stengthening or weakening? Have you ever stopped to consider why God asks you to wait? Let me point you to one…
A Bitter Harvest?
Dec 15, 2010
The Bible is very clear about three things: God's way is always the best way (Psalm 119:160). God's way will not always seem the best way to you (Proverb 14:12). What you plant, you will harvest (Galatians 6:7ff). In every…
The Shortest Distance Between Points
Dec 1, 2010
Growing up, it was the source of endless entertainment. My dad was the guru of shortcuts. He lived on an endless quest for the shortest route to all of the places to which he regularly drove. He was never satisfied…
You're Fooling Yourself
Nov 17, 2010
There's loads of knowledge to be found, but wisdom is a rare commodity. Why? Because wisdom is one of sin's first casualties. It's hard to admit, but true none the less: sin reduces all of us to fools. And the…
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