11 Aug

Holy War (Part 3)

Although Jesus has already defeated the devil, the devil continues to beat us by introducing doubt, focusing our attention on ourselves, and convincing us to objectify and worship the good gifts of God.

04 Aug

Holy War (Part 2)

We must beware of spiritual comfort and naivete because we have a very real and dangerous enemy who seeks our destruction.

28 Jul

Holy War (Part 1)

While we typically think of war as an aggressive action, as citizens and soldiers in God’s kingdom we wage a different kind of war. While it requires intentional action, advancing in spiritual combat means having humility for ourselves and confidence in God that is acted upon through prayer and worship.

21 Jul

Songs for the Journey – Psalm 125

Temptation, suffering, and doubt are to be expected in the Christian life, but they don’t have to define it since God promises to grow our faith, work for our good, and shape us into Christ’s image.

16 Jun

The Wise and the Foolish (Part 5)

What is successful, wise life management? It is the faithfulness that comes from humbly living in unity with others who want to live like Jesus and seek his ultimate approval.

09 Jun

The Wise and the Foolish (Part 4)

We’ve all experienced the destructive consequences of bad decisions, both our own and those of others because our actions affect one another. But the gospel and a return to healthy life stewardship can redeem us in the destruction and bring hope for the future.

02 Jun

The Wise and the Foolish (Part 3)

When God transforms us with the gospel and gives us a new identity, his gift of eternal security enables us to hold resources loosely. Such confidence allows us to share generously for the sake of others and the advancement of God’s kingdom.

19 May

The Wise and the Foolish (Part 1)

God has entrusted us with much, and we will have to account for it. Yet even knowing what we should do, we don’t always act like it. But an honest examination of ourselves and a decision to act wisely will prepare us for the examination to come.

12 May

Songs for the Journey – Psalm 122

Corporate worship isn’t about getting or experiencing something. Gathering for worship is about stoking our desire for God, testifying to his greatness, and pursuing what God desires for us together.

28 Apr

Songs for the Journey – Psalm 120

Suffering, injustice, and conflict are not part of God’s design for creation, but when it comes, he is attentive to his people and is pleased when we come to him in prayer, depend on him to endure, and long for the restored world he intends.

31 Mar

Unpacking Dirty Church Words: Forgive (Part 1)

We often put as much effort into hiding and justifying our sin as we do sinning itself, only making it worse in the process. But when in the midst of our consequences we acknowledge our sin and receive God’s forgiveness, he disarms our disobedience and blesses us with his protection and direction.

24 Mar

Thrive! Spiritual Rehab for the Wounded Soul (Part 11)

Thriving requires keeping the end goal, approval from Jesus, in sight. But thriving in a tumultuous world also needs a generous amount of grace, forgiveness, and awareness. And we must guard against the common temptation to be distracted from following Jesus by the good things he gives us.

03 Mar

Thrive! Spiritual Rehab for the Wounded Soul (Part 8)

When life seems to be everything but thriving, recovery and renewal begin with an honest assessment both of our circumstances and ourselves. As we recognize our own limitations, acknowledge our spiritual condition, and listen to Jesus, he offers us the opportunity to rest and experience renewed life with him.

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