When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You Expected

The human body starts dying at age 25. Our twenties slap us with the expiration date of sin’s curse (Genesis 6:3): slowly, in our ligaments; tightly, in our muscle fibers; subtly, checking for bumps; decimally, with a rising BMI. We feel death in our twenties; emotionally and relationally, in...

A Place to Start for Spiritually Stuck People

I’m spiritually stuck. We are stuck people. We get distracted, pulled down, undone. God feels distant and irrelevant. Dane Ortlund says, “You are not abnormal. So relax. We all go through this from time to time.” Seasons of spiritual darkness are common — even when many pretend they’re an...

You Are Not Damaged Goods

Talking about sexual history with the person you’re dating can go wrong very quickly. It can turn a healthy dating relationship into a game of manipulation and control in a millisecond. When sexual history is revealed, both parties may feel betrayed for different reasons. Every sentence takes on the...

Private Prayer Walk

Praying Outdoors When Praying Indoors Is Difficult Jesus told us, “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). Now, he said this as a corollary...

More Tough Skin and Tender Hearts

In honor of Black History Month, organizations, churches, and even private businesses will set aside time to engage in conversations about ethnic division and racial injustice in our country. I’ve been a part of this conversation on a small scale for the last ten years, first as a college...

The Greatest Joy Is Still to Come

When we say that joy is not optional in the Christian life, we don’t mean that we ever have it in full in this life. We can promise joy in all its fullness, but that doesn’t mean we minimizing the significant hurdles, barriers, and infringements we face this side of...

The Lord is My Shepherd

Very few passages of scripture offer more words of comfort and has touched more lives than this little psalm referred to as the “Nightingale Psalm,” Psalm 23. It has gone into more homes, hospital rooms, churches, funeral parlors, nursing homes and counseling centers than any other single passage. It...

Saved and Lost?

Can the Saved be Lost? Many believe and teach that once an individual is saved he cannot be lost. However, the Scriptures clearly teach that a child of God can forfeit his salvation and be eternally lost. Many passages speak of the conditional nature of our future salvation. The...

Anger & Sin

In discussing the differences between the Christian and the worldling, Paul writes, “Be ye angry, and sin not…” (Ephesians 4:26). This is a quotation from Psalm 4:4 where both the King James and the American Standard Versions read “Stand in awe, and sin not….” Moreover, the American Standard Version...

The Purpose of Congregational Worship

Many of us were raised to attend church service on Sunday. On the other hand, many were not. Those of us who were understand how important it is because that mindset was instilled in us by our parents, guardians, or others who loved us and were concerned for our...

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