Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Enjoying Daily Time Feasting on the Word of God

As Christians, we are called to be a people of one book, the Word of God. The Word of God is not a book of fairytales and myths. The Word of God is given to God’s people; Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 to instruct us in the Truth. The Bible is the Word of God—the authoritative, inspired, sufficient, and without error Word of God. You might have read 2 Timothy 3:16 before or perhaps even heard a sermon on it and that’s great. You likely believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that’s awesome. The...

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The Wounds of Christ: An Instrument of Healing in the Redeemer’s Hands

Time heals all wounds. But does it really? As time edges on will it completely erase our pain? Will we truly forget the trauma? I would propose that it really depends on how we use that time. If we are using time to our advantage, we’ll be seeking help, counsel, encouragement, care, and gracious accountability. If we are real with ourselves and admit we need time to heal, we’ll have to work at it. We’ll need to be vulnerable, process biblically, and seek out the grace of God; the One who heals the brokenhearted and is near the crushed...

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Blessed Assurance: “Jesus Is Yours”

Assurance. It is a precious gift the Lord gives His people. As 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” Despite God’s promise of assurance, sometimes experientially our personal assurance wanes. There are many reasons for this—some caused by God’s sovereign and mysterious providence; others caused by spiritual neglect or worldly indulgence. Fortunately, salvation depends on God, not our personal assurance. Nonetheless, assurance is a gift we should desire to possess and retain. Therefore, in seasons of doubt,  it is worth...

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Learning to Lament: 4 Lessons From Psalms

We all know that feeling: That grip on our heart when we turn on the morning news to hear about a heartbreaking tragedy that has just taken place; or when we open our email and read about fellow believers losing their life for the sake of Christ; or when we see our culture dishonor God and his holy Word. In our fallen world, there is much for us to grieve. There are many things we hear and learn about on a daily basis that leaves us bewildered, confused, saddened, crushed and even downright terrified. What is a believer to...

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A Gate, a Cross, and a Hole in the Ground

Is there a hole I can just dive into when sanctification gets hard, unwieldy and messy? Am I the only person whose mind drifts back to the days on the other side of the divide of faith and recalls how easy it was to exist with no thought to the consequences of sin? I try to suppress the whispering, but if I have allowed the ground of my heart to become fertile for the seed of discontentment to germinate, the whisperer may succeed. The inclination seems to hit me especially when I’m in the midst of life amongst the church, or when...

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