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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
How fragile is your contentment? How much of your life—or how little—would have to change for you to plunge into frustrated, joyless discontent? Sadly, for many of us it wouldn’t take much. Too often in this world our contentment is based on things going according to our plans and working out for our purposes.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Contentment is elusive in this fallen world. People move through life full of regret of the past, anxiety about the future, and dissatisfaction with the present. Frankly, that’s understandable. Life rarely plays out in alignment with our desires. Or as one “philosopher” from the sixties put it: “You can’t always get what you want.” Yet being unsatisfied with our past or present circumstances is only part of what causes the common lack in contentment.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Sometimes you know what the sermon is going to be before the pastor even says a word. Certain Bible stories and Scripture passages naturally lead to familiar principles and well-worn applications. It’s not always easy to fight off that arrogant “Been There, Done That” feeling—especially for those of us who grew up in the church. This passage from Luke’s gospel might prompt a similar response at first glance.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
“By His stripes we are healed.” Word-Faith charismatic teachers routinely claim that Isaiah 53:5 is proof that physical healing is inherent in the atonement—that it was won by Christ’s physical suffering. But is that the case?
Monday, August 15, 2016
Salvation would be so much more inviting and enticing to our human understanding if it didn’t require humility, repentance, and the transformation of your entire being. Why can’t it simply be the product of a one-time activity?
Friday, August 12, 2016
One of the great dangers facing the church in these postmodern days is that professing believers will substitute the God of the Bible for a lesser deity of their own design—one that reflects their values, their morality, and their priorities. It’s a subtle shift, as men and women who claim to know and love God de-emphasize aspects of His nature and attributes that don’t sit well with them, or adhere to their worldview.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
How would you react if you were suddenly face-to-face with God? While many Christians today think of the Lord in friendly, passive terms, the truth is that none of us would be leaping into the arms of our Father. The testimony of Scripture is clear: All sinners—even strong believers with mature faith—are right to cower in the light of God’s holiness.
Monday, August 8, 2016
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you worship God? Is it His infinite wisdom, His unlimited power, or His ultimate sovereignty? Is it some attribute or characteristic you find particularly appealing, awe-inspiring, or comforting?
Friday, August 5, 2016
Many in the church today will tell you that the most important way believers reach out and minister to the world around us is through our compassion for those in need. They put significant emphasis on the works Christ described in Matthew 25:35-36.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Showing mercy to the weak and infirm is the duty of every Christian. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus gave us a direct instruction that stands as a mandate not only for the church but for each individual believer.
Monday, August 1, 2016
The fact that God is compassionate and merciful is good news for sinners. It’s why we don’t always get what we deserve. And that compassion finds its fullest expression in the Person and work of Jesus Christ—God in human flesh. The incarnation itself was an expression of sympathy and identification with our weakness.
Friday, July 29, 2016
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Scripture often uses high and lofty expressions of God’s great compassion. But what does that compassion look like in tangible human terms? And are God’s people able to replicate His compassion?
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
To say that God is not vulnerable, that He Himself cannot be hurt, and that He isn’t given to moodiness is not to say He is utterly unfeeling or devoid of affections. On the contrary, Scripture says “God is love.". His compassion, His lovingkindness, and His tender mercies endure forever.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Most of the modern discussion about the Holy Spirit focuses on His supposedly ongoing miraculous and revelatory ministries. But despite what the charismatic church would have us believe, the Spirit is not revealing new truth and prophecies to God’s people today. Nor is He is deploying miraculous power at the whim of televangelist faith healers and prosperity preachers.
Friday, July 22, 2016
The Protestant Reformation is rightly regarded as the greatest revival in the last thousand years of church history—a movement so massive it radically altered the course of Western civilization. Names like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox are still well-known today, five centuries after they lived. Through their writings and sermons, these courageous Reformers—and others like them—left an enduring legacy for the generations of believers who have followed them.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Over the last hundred years, the church has seen an explosion of interest in the Holy Spirit—particularly in His work of empowering God’s people and revealing His truth. This renewed interest in the Spirit’s role in our daily lives has injected excitement and enthusiasm into many churches, as the Lord seems to be revealing Himself and His power in wonderful ways.