Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Daily Delighting in the Treasure of the Word

Psalm 119:9-16, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules[a] of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in...

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The Path to Happiness

Psalm 119:1-8, “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly...

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Fear and the Fight to Remember

It happens so fast. A brief thought, a whisper really, and before I know it, I’m all twisted in knots. My husband mentions that for the next three months he’ll be out of town on business more than he is home. I look at the dates on the calendar and add them up in my head. My eyes zero in on the longest business trip of them all, and I feel a weight press down on me. I grow weary and exhausted as though I’ve just run a mile. Thoughts nag at me: “It’s so long, and you’ll be...

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The Necessity of the Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. Life truly is a vapor.  We typically take this time to evaluate the past year as we also prepare for ways to improve in the upcoming year. Oftentimes, we set goals or New Year’s resolutions for ourselves. As you do so, I encourage you to take time to evaluate your spiritual life. How could you strive, in the Spirit’s power, to see transformation this year? Spiritual Disciplines One of the ways the Lord continues to grow and shape us is through spiritual disciplines. Simply put, spiritual disciplines “are those...

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Happy New You

Happy new you! No, this is not a new diet, or a get-rich-quick scheme, or a seven-step self-improvement program. I’m referring to the new creation that is a present reality, and the future glory, for every person that is in Jesus Christ: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Bible describes at least three aspects to the “new” you that is you if you are in Christ. It describes the new you regarding 1) a New Testament for you, 2) a...

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