I Want to Live In the 8th of Romans

I Want to Live In the 8th of Romans

This is where I often live… the 7th of Romans. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate… it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that...
The Proof That God Will Take Care of You

The Proof That God Will Take Care of You

We wonder if God can take care of us financially, or physically, or relationally. But God has already proven and established his faithfulness in the most extreme way. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with...
We Are One Day Closer to Jesus Coming Back

We Are One Day Closer to Jesus Coming Back

Just as the cross and the resurrection are essential to our Christian faith, so is the promise of Jesus’ return. He’s coming back! And today, we’re one day closer to that apocalyptic event than we were yesterday. When it comes to the prophecies that...
Sin Is Not Your Master Anymore

Sin Is Not Your Master Anymore

So much of the imagery of the Old Testament and the language of the New Testament illustrates the Christian life as having been set free from bondage and slavery to a place of spiritual freedom. In one familiar verse, Paul said, Sin is no longer your master, for you...
Offering Your Whole Self to God

Offering Your Whole Self to God

Hands that serve, a mouth that speaks, a mind that thinks… every part of your body can be used either to serve sin or serve Jesus. Naturally speaking, we all come into this world with bodies that serve self and sin. None of us are exempt. But when you meet Jesus...
What It Means to be Dead to Sin

What It Means to be Dead to Sin

I’m sorry, but I’m dead to you! That’s how the Apostle Paul urged us to interact with temptation when it comes. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that...
Keep Your Passion for Jesus Boiling Hot

Keep Your Passion for Jesus Boiling Hot

I spent well over a decade of my adult life subscribing to an approach to theology that elevated logic and reason while deemphasizing emotion and feeling. It pitted objective truth against subjective experience as though the two were enemies. And here’s the...
This is the Hour for Commitment

This is the Hour for Commitment

Satan’s “hour” occurred when Jesus was dying on the cross. The serpent was bruising the heel of God’s Son. Jesus’ “hour” occurred when he came back from the grave in his bodily resurrection, crushing the head of the serpent....
Why Love Matters More Than Anything Else

Why Love Matters More Than Anything Else

Which, of all the commandments in the Bible, is the most important? Both Jesus and Paul argue that it is love – love for God and love for neighbors. Paul explains why that’s true, but it’s hard for some of us to embrace his reasoning: Love makes it...
How to Live with Spiritual Confidence

How to Live with Spiritual Confidence

Are you confident? God wants you to be. He doesn’t want you to be arrogant or self-reliant, but He does want you to wake up each morning and face the day with a sense of spiritual confidence, rooted in your relationship with Him. He even went to the trouble of...

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