This is a review of the devotional The Ten-Day Word Fast. [Click title to read more.]
Let's catch up, pray, and rest together. [Click title to read more].
What Jesus demonstrates here to the disciples is that it isn't our job to police the world in His name. If others are glorifying Christ - if others are doing good works in His name - Jesus' response is "Don't stop them." Don't hold people back. Don't intervene. Even if you think you can do it better. Even if you don't get it. Even if it's irritating. [Click title to read more.]
The fact that you're happy, healthy, and doing well does not necessarily indicate that your relationship with God is going well.
When Matthew 19:24 tells us the story of the rich young ruler and reminds us that it's harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, we say, "That's true, that's true." Rarely do we consider ourselves the rich man. But the likelihood is that you do, indeed, qualify as "rich." [Click title to read more]
A knock-down day is not a tragedy, not a disaster, but is made of the tiny little griefs and irritations that eventually topple you. [Click title to read more]
I worry sometimes that in my own life I fall into the trap of believing there are "acceptable" Christian sins like pride and arrogance and envy. That there are sins that are shameful and sins that are, somehow, not - sins that should be hidden from the world and from others, and sin that it's okay to admit. God has been convicting me about this lately. [Click title to read more.]
We were not saved because we were good or special; God's grace is not something we conferred upon ourselves. Acting as though being a "sinner saved by grace" is a personal credit to us is like a beggar acting as though it's a noble act for him to nod his head "yes" when someone offers to drop food into his shaking hands. [Click title to read more.]
I'm aware that my view of God as a father is colored by the kindness and love I've received from my own. Not everyone is so privileged. But if you are a father, please remember you aren't alone. [Click title to read more].
God obviously doesn't expect that every Christian will be a CEO or a straight-A student or first chair violin in the orchestra. But he does expect wholehearted effort, exemplary behavior, and diligent work: the fundamental elements, in other words, of a good student, a good worker, a good citizen. [Click title to read more.]