There are times when all of us fall victim to the activity trap. If we could just do more, then we will feel better, be more spiritual, be closer to God. Yet, Jesus points out that increased actions do not always lead to increased effectiveness. Sarah Young leads us through the story of Mary … More BIBLE STUDY: Jesus Calling: God Invites You Into His Presence
One way to answer this question is to look at what the early church prayed for. Here is a list gathered from the New Testament. It can guide you in how you pray. I suggest that periodically you pray through this list just to test whether your prayers are leaving out anything the New Testament … More BIBLE STUDY:What Should We Pray For?
In a very real sense, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). All humans, including those who compose the church, are subject to the evil god of this world. So here’s a question for you: True or false? God — and from the vantage point of the New … More FAMILY: Why Satan Exists For Christ’s Glory and Your Joy
As Christians, we know that without time in God’s word our faith will become anemic, shallow, and weak. And yet, so often, we neglect the precious gift of God’s word in our daily lives. This is a simple list meant to help motivate souls prone to wander see that giving ourselves to God’s word in … More BIBLE STUDY: 12 Promises for Perseverance in Bible Reading
Planning for Physical Necessities Suppose the thought enters your mind that you want to build a house. You sit down and make a list of all the materials you think you will need. Then you order them to be delivered to the lot where you will build. Everything is piled in the center of the … More POWER THOUGHTS: A New Year’s Plea: Plan!
Sometimes we need to plunge our minds into the ocean of God’s sovereignty. We need to feel the weight of it, like deep and heavy water pressing in against every pore, the deeper we go. A billion rivers of providence pour into this ocean. And God himself gathers up all his countless deeds — from … More POWER THOUGHTS: Plunge Your Mind into the Ocean of God’s Sovereignty
1. Advent reminds us we are not the center of God’s plan. Advent is an opportunity to refresh your perspective that God has a grand plan for history that is so much larger than just you and your kin. For all the emphasis on gift-giving and sentimentality that characterizes our cultural holiday, we can … More FAMILY: Seven Reasons to Celebrate Advent
Now and then, it needs to be said that not all thanksgiving is thanksfeeling. We can make ourselves (or our children) say, “Thank you,” whether we feel it or not. But it’s not a good habit, especially in relation to God. Jesus warns against “vain” worship. “This people honors me with their lips, but their … More FAMILY: Thanksgiving, Thanksfeeling, and the Glory of God