As Christians, we know we are called and empowered toward lives full of joy. How could we not be joyous, our King has risen and He has freed us from the power of sin and the grip of death! If we are honest, though, we may not always feel joyous. And this is a hard thing to admit because we may also feel guilty about … Continue reading How Can I Increase My Joy When it Feels Depleted?
God is love. That is His Nature and His love is not provoked,” writes Colin Smith in chapter 42 of Open. He continues: “But God’s anger is different… The Bible never tells us that God is wrath. It tells us that He is slow to anger (Psalm 103:8).” I fall so short of God’s holiness! I’m quick to anger, and I have to be provoked … Continue reading What Makes Me Angry, and What Makes God Angry
Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. (1 John 3:13-14) Love is an essential component of the Christian life. Due to Christ’s work on the cross, as John says, we have “passed out of death into life.” As Christians, … Continue reading Four Ways We Act as if Death is King
Faithfulness is often a target for our modern culture. Being in the same place for a long time apparently means you lack initiative, aspiration, or innovation. Some people assume that being in the same relationship with the same person for your whole life is just plain wrong. And many distrust anyone who is too committed to one worldview. But from the outset of the Bible, … Continue reading Behold the Faithfulness of Our Savior
I have spent a lot of time in waiting rooms. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, urgent cares, pharmacies—I’ve known them all already, known them all. And many times it was the I’ve-already-read-through-this-magazine-three-times kind of waiting. Continue reading Patience Adorns the Believer
The way some people talk about peace seems very degrading to me. They talk about it as if it is a trick of the mind. As if we just need to clear the papers off our desk and close our eyes, then—poof!—stress is gone. Continue reading True Peace Comes at Great Cost
Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Goodness is the only investment which never fails.” This is a pretty sentiment, and it is true. However, it is only true if one’s understanding of goodness is rooted in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Continue reading The Story of Goodness