Owen Strachan– Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Owen Strachan talk about helping Christian parents and pastors help children and Christians develop a biblical worldview, what mature Christian conversations look like, along with his new book, Reenchanting Humanity: A...

Finishing Strong

Philippians 1:18b-20, “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage...

Slow to Speak

The suffering of loved ones often comes unannounced, an unwelcomed intruder bent on stealing joy and hope. Without warning, we are thrust into the role of comforter, yearning to bring peace immediately through whatever means necessary – hugs, tears, and often far too...

Did You Know That Charles Spurgeon Struggled with Depression?

A Surprising Truth It comes as a surprise to some that Charles Spurgeon had a lifelong battle with depression. His reputation as a famed and powerful preacher, his cheery wit, and his cigar-smoking manliness might lead us to imagine there could never be a chink in his...

#35: A Corner of the Robe[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues our 1 Samuel series looking at 1 Samuel 24:1-22.

How Theology Shapes the Prayers of Christians

Turning Meditation into Prayer How Our Theology Shapes Our Prayers from Crossway on Vimeo. How does our theological awareness show up in our prayers? That is a very good question. I think it shows itself in how we address God and it shows itself in what we pray about...

Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

The Unexpected Visitors: God’s Message To Us Today Through The Curious Visitors in Matthew 2:1-15

I used to have a Hebrew professor who would give us a passage in the Hebrew. We were to translate it and then interpret it. I gave this one sermon, which was just outstanding, I thought. And the class also greatly enjoyed it. The professor smiled approvingly after I...

Counseling for Joy At Christmas

Luke 2:8-14, “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them,...

Counseling for Hope at Christmas

Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name ‘Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” This passage informs the Christmas story as much as any other in the Bible, and we are accustomed to reading it at this time of...

Anxiety at Christmastime

Of all the Holidays, Christmas may present the best opportunity to be anxious. Frantically running...

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season I love Christmas but the weeks leading up to it are often the busiest and most demanding of the year. As a ministry wife, I can feel pressure to be involved in every church event. As a mom, I want to support my kids by...

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

“I’m clinically depressed,” she said. One of my family members, who is a lifelong Christian, spoke these words to me one Christmas several years ago. I was surprised to hear her admission because she always seemed so joyful. She and I have been close since childhood....

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

“Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King; He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity. In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come; look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.”[1] As we approach...

The Bad News about Christmas

The Bad News about Christmas

Accepting Our Condition The baby in the manger came to tell us the worst news ever, because until we accept the worst news ever, we’ll never want the best news ever. The birth of Jesus was bad news. It wasn’t just your typical piece of bad news; it was the worst news...

Advent: Focusing Our Hearts On Christ

Advent: Focusing Our Hearts On Christ

Waiting. We’re terrible at it, aren’t we? We don’t like to wait for anything. What used to take forty-five minutes to bake can now be microwaved in two minutes. We want our internet fast and our shows on demand. I even thought about upgrading to a newer Keurig that...

Good News of Great Joy

Good News of Great Joy

Luke 2:10, "And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” We live in a world with 24-hour news cycle. Between TV channels and online newspapers, the news is flying at us constantly. I’m...

A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

Family holiday dinners are something I've always looked forward to, especially once I became "Mrs. Allen." Fellowship and laughter fill the room and joy fills my heart. But in this season of our life, these dinners have become bittersweet as I remember our three...

Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays

Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays

The Holidays are a time when many people have a challenging time with depression. Whether from the reminder of a loss of a loved one at this time of year, a divorce, a broken heart, broken friendships and marriages on the verge of collapse, the Holidays are often...

Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season

Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season

Being a bit of a dish maven, I absolutely love a beautifully set table. I could spend hours making a table look like something straight out of the “tablescaping” contests when the mood strikes, but time constraints keep me from going completely table décor hog wild...

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

1. Jesus is the reason for the season. The primary purpose for observing Christmas is remembering Jesus’s birth. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’s birthday, not the little drummer boy or Santa Claus! 2. Jesus preexisted with God in the beginning before the world...

Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Most of you reading this have never met me, but I used to be quite the scrooge during the holidays, especially Christmas. At the time it never felt intentional...