9 Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

9 Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Spiritual disciplines… that phrase has such a strange ring to it. We think of “discipline” as correction, or perhaps as greuling hard work that never ends. It doesn’t usually have a positive connotation, unless you’re into that sort of...
A Christmas Promise: The Word of God Will Never Fail

A Christmas Promise: The Word of God Will Never Fail

The span between Malachi and Matthew lasted approximately four hundred years, often referred to by scholars as the “400 silent years” since there were no records of prophecies or angelic appearances. Then, God spoke. And when God broke the silence, he did...
The Two Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves

The Two Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves

A. W. Tozer once said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.” I would agree with Tozer, and I would add that a close second is what you believe about yourself. As I interact with others and examine my own heart, I’m...
Remember This Christmas Season, There Is Always, Always Hope!

Remember This Christmas Season, There Is Always, Always Hope!

Always. ‘Tis the season of Advent – the celebration of the coming, the appearing of Jesus Christ. Advent consists of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, and Christmas Day. Traditionally, the Christian church has used the first two Sundays of Advent...
How to Go from "Poor Me" to "Praise God"

How to Go from "Poor Me" to "Praise God"

Difficulties are inevitable. Job, who suffered far more than most people will ever endure said, “People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.” (Job 5:7 NLT) You can’t control the weather, the stock market, or the decisions...
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 Life-Changing Power of Shameless Desperation

Desperation can be a powerful tool for change. Nobody knows this better than Bartimaeus, who received a miraculous healing from Jesus because of his willingness to break social norms, reject passivity, and cry out in shameless desperation. As Jesus passed through the...
The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

Does prayer make any difference? Absolutely! And prayer makes a difference because the living God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside the one praying. Further, when God’s people get together and pray as a community, amazing things happen! I’m sure you’ve...
God Will Find You In the Gutter, And Take You Somewhere Else

God Will Find You In the Gutter, And Take You Somewhere Else

Jesus met with Nicodemus in the night, a relationally broken woman at a Samaritan well, and Matthew at a party thrown for tax collectors. He befriended prostitutes, recruited zealots, and pronounced forgiveness for known adulterers. God, in Christ, has definitely...

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