- Small Obedience
“As long as we expect big to come now and on the world’s terms—whether in our churches, in our cities, or in our own souls—we will be tempted to forsake the seemingly weak instruments of faith and faithfulness. Instead of planting, watering, and waiting for God to give the growth … we may try to […]
- Immortality in Faith
Fear of death and the desire for immortality is real. Alcor is a business that markets resurrection. People can pay tens of thousands of dollars to have part or all of their body preserved, in the hope that one day the technology will exist to bring them back to life. Jesus brings the dead back […]
- Patience And Perspective
Whenever we encounter injustice and feel that God is doing nothing about it, we need to spend time in God’s presence to gain his perspective. This will often lead to the realization that we have misunderstood his silence as approval of the short-term results when he understands the trajectories each person is moving along. Consider the difference […]
- Trust Fall
Have you ever tried a “trust fall”? It’s when a person will free-fall backward into the arms of someone or a group of people.
- Garden Variety Faith
Compare the difference between a mighty oak tree and a quickly growing plant, such as those grown in a summer garden. An oak tree grows slowly, sends roots down deeply into the soil, and withstands powerful storms, very cold winters, and hot summers. It grows large, providing shade and part of a habitat for wildlife. […]
- Faith In The Face of Fear
Our brains have chemical reactions to fear. The amygdala is a part of the brain that activates when we sense a threat stimulus and prompts the body to have a physical response, like the “release of stress hormones and sympathetic nervous system.” The hippocampus is closely related to the amygdala and helps our brains interpret […]
- An Example of Faith
“So Abram went, as the LORD had told him” ( Genesis 12:4). This is the demonstration of faith that the author of Hebrews, as well as Paul in Romans 4, celebrate when they speak of the faith of Abram and his obedience to God. And it is easy to read over it and miss it. […]
- Believing The Unseen
Do you believe in Santa Claus? While the idea of Santa can seem strange for a discussion about Jesus it brings up a good point about our need for physical proof. Take almost any Christmas movie, and you will have children who believe in Santa Claus telling their parents that he is real. In some of […]
- Founder and Perfecter
Jesus is “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We may be able to understand this more in terms of a parent and child. Imagine a mother who is teaching her daughter to drive. Imagine, too, that the daughter is particularly nervous. In fact, were it up to her, she’d rather her mom just […]
- A Lesson From The Crocus
If you have ever lived in a place with harsh winters, you know that the coming spring is welcome with great anticipation. In some places, winter can last for around half the year, with bitter cold, snow, and dead vegetation. However, when winter is fading away the crocus appears. Even during an early spring snowstorm, […]
- Walk By Faith
Kevin DeYoung has a good illustration regarding the role faith plays in our salvation. He speaks of walking out on frozen
- Finish The Race
Unlike most races, our spiritual race is not about coming in first. It’s about finishing. If we don’t give up, if we don’t quit, then we win.
- Gaining Strength
“I read one time about how shipbuilders back in the days of sailboats would prepare the masts for their ships. They would go to
- Trusting The Coach
Children learning to play baseball are often afraid of the ball when it is their turn at bat. Their instinct is to duck or step out of the path of the oncoming ball.
- Confidence In Christ
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it?
- Choosing Faith
One of Shauna Niequist’s books is called Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.