Category: What We Write About

The Nearness of God in His Word

Psalm 119:145-152, “145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes. 146 I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies. 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. 148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise. 149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life. 150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law. 151 But you are near, O Lord, and all...

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How to Deal with Grief

Grief is a strange thing. Months, even years after a loss, it can show up unexpectedly. About eight months after my grandfather passed away, I was traveling on the highway and passed the exit I would take to get to his house. I suddenly started crying and couldn’t stop. The wave of grief came out of nowhere; it was jarring, like being sideswiped by a car. Grief is a wilderness we all travel at multiple times in our lives. Sometimes we grieve the loss of a loved one. Other times, we grieve a broken relationship, a shattered dream, or...

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The Glory of Jesus in the Wilderness

Matthew 4 records an intense and supernatural conflict, as Satan seeks to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Although the language Matthew uses suggests that Satan was constantly testing Jesus for forty days and forty nights, three temptations are mentioned specifically. And of those three, it seems perhaps that the third of Jesus’ wilderness temptations is the climax of Satan’s arsenal, a completely unique temptation in which Satan supernaturally shows Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world”—Egypt, Rome, perhaps even the United States to come—and offers all these to Jesus as a gift, in exchange for Jesus’ worship: “All these...

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Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love – John Crotts (2018)

The matter of truth is of utmost importance for the follower of Jesus Christ. However, sometimes a person with a passion for the truth has a tendency to “steamroll” the unsuspecting – the one who has either never learned the truth or the one who has chosen to reject “unreasonable aspects” of the truth. Loving the truth is both necessary and commendable. However, when the truth is eclipsed by arrogance or pride, the beautiful truth ends up looking ugly and fails to serve people well. John Crotts has observed this problem directly and addresses the matter in his book,...

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The Heart of Pastoral Ministry: Loving God, His Word, and His People

I remember my old mentor, Dr. D. James Kennedy, telling me that the pastor must love three things more than all others: God, God’s Word, and God’s People. I believe his admonition of these simple and profound intuitive desires came from a singular passion stirred in the heart of the pastor by God Himself. These three “loves” cannot be manufactured by man or instilled by a seminary. This is altogether the incomparable work of God in the human soul. However, these “three loves” must-be stirred, kindled and expanded for even more productive ministry through the ordinary means of grace...

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