4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised...

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with two...

Authentic Christians Are Progressively Sanctified, Part 2

Join Andy as he continues his series through 1 John looking in more depth at 1 John 1:7-2:1.

Repentance and Leadership in the Home: What It Means to be the Chief Repenter in the Home

On today’s Warriors of Grace show continuing season three, Dave discusses what biblical repentance is and why it matters, persistent sins and biblical repentance, and what it looks like practically for men to be the chief repenter in their home. What you’ll hear in...

A Christian Reading Manifesto

Modern technology has launched us into the stratosphere of learning. With the click of a mouse or a few keystrokes, we can access information from around the world and gain a treasure chest of knowledge. Smartphones are at the forefront of the new technological...

How Paul Led from a Distance: A Model for Pastors Leading From A Distance

The apostle Paul led from a distance. His letters demonstrate deep affection for his readers, a longing to see them again, and his ongoing burden to lead well, even while apart. For example, Paul wrote to the Philippian church from a prison cell in Rome.  But his...

The Gospel and the Christian Life

Suffering Well in Community

I am most definitely not a fisherman. I subscribe to the old saying, “There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.” So, maybe I am not the one to use a fishing illustration to begin. However, there is something that even I have picked...

Manual Transmission: the Importance of Having Multiple Gears of Motivation

Few things are more important for spiritual growth than motivation. Unfortunately, many Christians are idealists when it comes to spiritual drive. They think and act as if there is only one sanctioned motive for obedience. The underlying logic of their spirituality is...

The Love and Peace of Christ

Colossians 3:14-15, “14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Continuing his discussion of what the new...

A New Humanity in Christ

Colossians 3:9-11, “9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with...

A Long Line of Grace

The Book of Genealogy When the time has come for you to begin reading the Gospel according to...

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Colossians 2:23, “23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” Despite the way certain circles misread Paul, the apostle is not...

Human Precepts and Teachings

Human Precepts and Teachings

Colossians 2:21-22, “21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?” Of all the things that could be said about biblical Christianity, one would be hard-pressed to...

Dead to the World Alive to Christ

Dead to the World Alive to Christ

Colossians 2:20, “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations.” Fear of evil spirits has plagued humanity since the fall, manifesting itself in a variety of superstitions,...

Four Traps to Avoid When You Suffer

Four Traps to Avoid When You Suffer

4 Traps to Avoid When You Suffer from Crossway on Vimeo. The 2 Kinds of Doubt As I thought about my own experience, I wanted to organize my thoughts and experience for others in these two categories of traps that every sufferer faces and the comfort that is offered to...

God-Given Growth

God-Given Growth

Colossians 2:19, “and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.” Life is not possible without one’s head attached. As the control center of the human...

Discovering Gratitude During COVID-19

Discovering Gratitude During COVID-19

Are you feeling down these days because of everything you are being denied? Are you feeling like you can’t face one more day of changing regulations and stay at home orders? Are you drowning in the sea of self-pity because you are stuck at home, an essential worker,...

Ascetism, Angels, and Visions

Ascetism, Angels, and Visions

Colossians 2:18, “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,” God reveals Himself in the created order, so even unregenerate people know He is separate and...

Progressive Sanctification: A Divine Co-Op Part 3

Progressive Sanctification: A Divine Co-Op Part 3

Perhaps one of Luther’s most famous phrases gives insight into the Reformed view of sanctification.[i] The Latin phrase speaks to the issue of not perfectly practicing what God has declared us to be in position; it was simul justus et peccator. That little phrase...

Shadows Versus Substance

Shadows Versus Substance

Colossians 2:16-17, "16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ." If there was any doubt as to...

Christ Defeats the Powers

Christ Defeats the Powers

Colossians 2:15, “He disarmed the rulers and authorities[a] and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” In many parts of the world today, and in nearly all cultures, there are a lot of superstitions, religious rites, and more that have been conjured...

Escaping the Riptide of Vanity

Escaping the Riptide of Vanity

John is a 38-year-old Christian man. He ends most days physically and mentally exhausted, having spent almost no time before God in prayer, Bible reading, or quiet reflection. Most nights, he feels guilty about being lazy. The thought occurs to him that, if after...

Canceling Our Debt

Canceling Our Debt

Colossians 2:13-14, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it...