November 20, 2018

God is sovereign.  This means that He has absolute power and control over every square inch of the universe at every millisecond of human history.  Consider Psalm 115:3: "Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases."  Or, Job 42:2: "I know that you can do al...

November 6, 2018

"If you don't vote, you can't complain." Maybe you've heard a friend or colleague say something like this, or maybe you've read it on social media.  But such a statement begs the question: Does voting in an election give me the right to complain about the outcome and r...

April 16, 2018

What are you praying about these days?  What burden weighs heaviest on your heart?  Is it the spiritual condition of a son or a daughter or a friend?  The health of your marriage?  The health of your body?  The health of your church?  What request do you long for God t...

April 2, 2018

"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).  These words constitute a great call to the Christians in Corinth; indeed, they are a great ca...

March 27, 2018

Most people are familiar with the imagery of the carrot and stick when it comes to behavioral motivation.  Imagine someone trying to get a stubborn mule moving down the road.  One may dangle a carrot in front of the animal, as an incentive to get going.  Or, one may sm...

March 19, 2018

In John 6, Jesus feeds 5000 men and their families with five barley loaves and two fish.  The next day, Jesus says these words to the crowd he fed.  "Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give t...

March 12, 2018

In Ephesians 1:11-12, Paul speaks of the inheritance that we have in Christ.  All who believe in Jesus inherit eternal life (Mt. 19:29), the kingdom of God (Mt. 25:34), and the promises of salvation (Heb. 6:12).

Looking more closely at Ephesians 1:11-14, we fi...

March 5, 2018

If you're like most Christians, then you want to grow in your prayer life.  You want to pray more, and you want to pray more effectively.  Maybe you find your mind wandering, your language repeating, and your perseverance waning...after about 5 minutes.

One way to...

February 26, 2018

In Ephesians 1:5-6, Paul says that God "predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ."  Before time began, God determined that He would extend His arms and embrace us.  However, He hasn't simply embraced us as servants, though we rightly call Him King and c...

February 19, 2018

Proverbs 29:25 - "The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe."

The fear of man is stealthy. It lays a snare. It's like an ambush and a bear trap. Like an ambush, it lays in the quiet moments...when you're alone...trying to sleep...trying to pra...

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