Author: Joey Cochran

The Eternal God

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2 CH. Spurgeon, when preaching on Psalm 90, said, “God was when nothing else was.” Quite honestly, this sounds like a song lyric. It’s memorable, catchy even. Indeed, in my study of God’s eternal character, a more striking statement on this attribute is tough to find. But that’s to be expected when gleaning from the Prince of Preachers. In regards to God’s eternal character, Christians may safely confess that there never was a time...

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The Bridegroom Loves to Hear His Bride Sing

It was late on a Thursday night. Our family had just piled into the minivan and started the trek home from Community Group. That night we enjoyed a rousing discussion on Antichrists as we studied 1 John 2:18; our community group studies follow the sermon series on Sundays. Those kind of discussions usually get passionate, not in the sense that we disagree, or anything like that, but in the sense that we all get really worked up on loving Christ purely — by purely I mean having affections for sound doctrine. As we were driving home a worship song my...

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You Are Worth More Than Your Social Stock Says You Are

Today you are going to log into some sort of social media — likely you’ll log into a number of accounts. Your eyes will gravitate to different functions of that media. You’ll check notifications. You’ll look at your feed. Inevitably, you’ll take stock of social capital. How many followers do you have today? How many friends? How many likes/favorites? You may even take a moment to check your Klout or find out what your SumAll score says about you. Social media is a narcissists playground. And if anything is true about social media it is that it is the...

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Send Him on His Way: Sons and Vocation

Hint: Yesterday’s article focused on daughters. Today’s focuses on sons. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take all this stuff here and apply it to your daughter. Everything below I’ve done with my two daughters as well. Hammers, saws, guitars, drums, stethoscopes, and Bibles are all things my son sneaks into his backpack to take to preschool. They are his go to pay items: I mean, besides Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, Tigger, and Pluto. And almost every day he tells me one of three things. I want to be at Grandpa and Grandma’s. I want to be at Disney World. Or I want to be…Handy Manny, a doctor, a guitar player, or a pastor. I guess this could go any number of ways. He could do a combo of doctor and handy man and be a surgeon. I’ve suggested that. He’s got a really steady hand, but he doesn’t like the idea of cutting into flesh. I’ve suggested a worship pastor. He’s still trying to wrap his brain around what that is. He is only three after all. No matter what he does, I’m going to be super proud of him. Why? Because he’s my son. You know what I mean. As I think about helping your son figure out his vocation — I can’t help but think that it doesn’t matter how young they are — they’re never too...

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When She Asks, “Daddy, How Do I Look?”

“Daddy, how do I look?” This is a common refrain of any little girl. She’ll say this after dressing up in her favorite princess dress, putting as many bows in her hair as possible, and all of the costume jewelry she can find. After having completed her adornment she’ll traipse up to you and sweetly but inquisitively ask this question. You’ll experience a whole cycle of princess dresses from Snow White to Elsa. Those early times of inquisition you’ll be delighted, attentive, affirming. “Oh my, what a beautiful princess!” You’ll hem and haw over her. You’ll fill that much needed tank of approval. She’ll squeal with delight and go back off to her room for another wardrobe change, just to play it all over again for you. Over time, over the years, the scenario begins to play out even more. But both of you will see it differently. It’s possible that she’ll notice you’ve become less enthusiastic, less attentive. You didn’t mean for it to be this way. You’re not any less affirming then you’ve always been. You’re simply distracted. You’ll probably be sitting at the kitchen table some morning, scarfing down a quick bowl of cereal and burning your throat as you chug down a hot cup of coffee. You’ll likely be thinking, “I need to get out this door and get to work. I’ve got a long day ahead.”...

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