The Real Problem of Prayer
Sep 13, 2020
A genuine prayer life begins not with new techniques or resolves, but with a fresh awareness of what prayer really is, and how Jesus makes it possible.
Sin Never Keeps Its Promises
May 30, 2020
In order to expose the false promises of sin, God offered an unforgettable illustration: a prophet who walked barefoot and naked for three whole years.
Date Your Kids
Connecting Deeply with Our Children
Mar 14, 2020
Taking our kids on dates can help us show our delight in them, pursue deep conversation with them, and keep learning about how God made them.
Give Us God
My Open Letter to Pastors
Jan 12, 2020
What churches and pastors need more than anything else is a great big vision of a great big God.
For Discouraged Pastors in Forgotten Places
Nov 20, 2019
Jesus knew firsthand the beauties and challenges of ministering in a small town, and he loved yours enough to send you there.
Love Them More, Need Them Less
How to Serve One Another Better
Aug 7, 2019
One insight may unlock deeper reservoirs for your ministry to others: to truly love people well, we must need their love less.
Two Words for Kids from God
Mar 7, 2019
If you want your children to know that God has spoken directly to them in his word, read them this short article sometime today.
Unless You Stop Loving Sin
The Heart of Repentance
Feb 24, 2019
“Repent” means more than “stop sinning, and start behaving.” It means “stop loving sin, and start loving God.”
Parents, Obey God and Require Obedience
Jan 24, 2019
If our children do not learn how to obey, they cannot be Christians. Parents, if you love your son or daughter, obey God and require obedience.
When Shame Keeps You Away
Jan 13, 2019
Whatever is keeping you from a closer relationship with God, bring it to Jesus and let him deal with it.
Seven Strategies for Fighting Envy
Jul 1, 2018
Envy questions God’s plans, choices, and goodness. Envy is rebellion. Here are seven effective ways to fight it.
The Dangerous ‘Well Done’
Three Risks in Receiving Affirmation
Apr 14, 2018
It is sometimes good, and often dangerous, to be praised by other people. In the end, only one “well done” will matter.
To the Next Generation of Church Leaders
Three Reasons to Think Bigger Than Big
Mar 3, 2018
If you think your life would be wasted in a small church, in a small town, your God is not big enough yet.
The Secret Small Churches Know Best
Jan 21, 2018
Small churches may not have the best musicians, children’s ministry, or website. But they have a unique gift from God.
Meal Above All Meals
Five Reasons We Enjoy Eating with Jesus
Oct 22, 2017
Has the Lord’s Supper become humdrum for you, something you do mindlessly, something you’ve simply done for years?
Sunday Morning Is Not About Me
The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness
Sep 17, 2017
As we look away from ourselves in worship, to gaze upon God, we will find the gift and treasure of Psalm 33 — true, lasting joy.
To Faithful Pastors in Forgotten Places
Aug 27, 2017
If you are a faithful pastor in a forgotten town, you really can change and reshape the world.
Put God Back in the Golden Rule
Jul 23, 2017
Jesus’s Golden Rule cannot be domesticated and downsized to the equivalent of an insurance aphorism or a fortune-cookie slogan.
How to Lose the Things You Love
Jul 5, 2017
The best way to enjoy food, sex, music, money, influence, entertainment is to enjoy them less than God. Put the gift before God and you’ll lose both.
Stop Dating Jesus
We Know He Will Come, Just Not When
Jun 27, 2017
Jesus’s return is not a puzzle to figure out, but a promise from God to trust.
You Are Welcome Here
What Your Church Says to the World
Apr 11, 2017
You don’t need gorgeous buildings, or state-of-the-art ministries, or phenomenal music to bring glory to God.
What Really Matters in 2017
Jan 1, 2017
Reality is infinitely more precious than appearance. Our desire simply to look good should remind us of the surpassing value of real good.
To Us a Child Is Born
Dec 25, 2016
To a people waiting in darkness, enslaved to sin, in need of rescue, a child is born.
Are You Bored with Christ at Christmas?
Dec 19, 2016
If we’re bored with Christ at Christmas, it may be that we’ve grown too familiar with him in all the wrong ways.