The incarnation, when deeply considered, is the most amazing miracle in all of Scripture. It truly is the miracle of Christmas. And it is a miracle worth celebrating.
Praying in Jesus’ name expresses something significant and essential. We have no access to the Father without the mediating work of Christ. So to pray in Jesus’ name is to assert that we are not coming to the Father on our own authority, in our own name, or in our own merit. It is to assert that we are able to come before the throne of grace because of the sacrificial love and intercession of the Savior.
As admirable as the encouragement and the attempt to at least be exposed to the Bible through a single verse on a daily basis might seem, it is absolutely crippling to your spiritual health.
Because reading a ‘verse of the day’ actually ruins your biblical literacy. It robs your of your ability to read and understand the meaning of God’s Word. And it inherently prohibits real spiritual growth.
Friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts to man. In fact, friendship is a foundational component of all healthy relationships.
But if not properly guarded, friendship can be extremely dangerous. That’s why men and women should never truly be “just friends.”
Wise and mature marriage preparation begins even before the first date. Because the way you view and interact with the opposite sex does not change once a serious dating or prospective marriage relationship is established.
Inviting someone to church surely has tremendous intentions. And in many cases, it is important and necessary to do so. But inviting someone to church is not a fulfillment of the responsibility of believers to share the gospel with a lost world. In fact, the New Testament church has been given the task to do the exact opposite.
Halfway across the world in West Africa, there is a small village of a few hundred people by the name of Kadazaki. It is several miles away from the next closest village. There is no electricity. There is no running water. There is just scorching heat and long, hard days of work for community survival.
Inexplicably, in the middle of the desert, a tree stands firmly planted at the heart of the village.
As a result of the Americanization of Christianity, we often associate God’s blessing with monetary wealth and comfort.
However, monetary wealth, comfort, and success may in fact be a sign of God’s wrath.
Calvinists and non-Calvinists have long debated whether man has any freedom in regards to his salvation. While the debate has significant theological ramifications, one practical implication is of utmost importance – sharing the gospel.
A bitter heart is an enslaved heart. I was a slave to my own anger and resentment.
But the grace of the cross transformed me in a way that only Christ can. The grace of the cross set me free.
I used to play baseball. Then I didn’t. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, I was suddenly lost.
Even though my wife and I do not currently have children (or any plans at the moment to change that fact), I have come to more fully realize the need to pray for whoever God may one day entrust to us as parents.