Andreas Kostenberger- The Jesus of the Gospels: An Introduction

On today’s Equipping You in Grace, Dave and Dr. Andreas Kostenberger discuss strategies to read the Gospels, how the Gospels use the Old Testament and how this helps Christians read the Gospel rightly, along with advice for preaching and teaching the Gospels, along...

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...

#9: Rekindling the First Love[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues our Revelation series looking at Revelation 2:1–7.

Daily Bites Of God’s Word On The True Nature Of Dying To Self

On this new Daily Bites of God’s Word, Andy discusses the true nature of dying to self, and helps us understand what this means and it’s the importance to the Christian life.

Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss

A Three-Pronged Approach to Ministering to Grieving People

 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 (ESV) When ministering to someone who is grieving, please don’t be like Job’s friends. They were full of good advice, counsel, and were well-meaning. If you know the story you know that, in the...

Sola Scriptura and Biblical Counseling

There are times in life where what you believe is tested by what you experience. If you believe the Bible is true, it is not too much later you will come across something or someone who calls that into question. We are used to people outside the Christian community...

Being the Friend Who Cares For the Lonely and Grieving

Loneliness and grief are deeply personal subjects that affect everyone. In high school, I remember before my parent's divorce sitting on the upstairs stairs in our house, in the Greater Seattle area listening to my parents’ argue, and being deeply affected with grief...

The Gift of Lament

“Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!”[i] “In my distress I called...

How to Deal with Grief

Grief is a strange thing. Months, even years after a loss, it can show up unexpectedly. About...

Recommended Reading on Grief, Illness, and Loss

Recommended Reading on Grief, Illness, and Loss

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering loss, grief, illness, and how by growing in our understanding of the grace of God, we can then walk with others who are dealing with these challenging events or seasons. We understand that we haven’t...

Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving

Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving

Let’s talk for a minute about the things someone can do for one who is grieving. The list below isn’t exhaustive—there are only 7 things—but it is meant to give us all a starting point. Hopefully these 7 things will be helpful to you in your relationships, whether you...

Living With Hurt

Living With Hurt

From my perspective as a pastor, it seems like churches go through seasons of crises. One year it’s marital problems, and it seems like every marriage is falling apart. The next year its illness and death, and it seems like every family is suffering loss. Other times...

Death, the Last Enemy

Death, the Last Enemy

Have you ever seen a bulldozer clearing a field for new construction? The grass, the little saplings, and even the larger trees—all fall equally and inexorably prey to the power of the one who is making the area conform to his vision, to his plan. The feeble plants do...

A Cold Night in January

A Cold Night in January

It was a cold night in the first week of January. Out in the country, so far removed from the majority of civilization, it seemed unfathomable that so terrible a thing could happen. But it did. The next day, news crews would attempt to stoically report on what would...

Advice for Those Helping the Hurting

Advice for Those Helping the Hurting

The biggest piece of advice I have for caregivers is that it’s okay to grieve your loss in someone else’s pain. In fact, you should grieve. Your hurting friend or family member is not the only one who has experienced loss. I’ve lost much of the use of both of my arms,...