Nowhere is the Gospel more needed than in a marriage. Two sinners pledging their lives to one another is not exactly a recipe for satisfaction and blessing, but for the grace of God. Scripture tells us that marriage was intended by God to function as a living breathing illustration of the Gospel (Eph 5:22-33). What this means is that for a marriage to operate as the Lord intends for it to operate, a man and his wife must be breathing in the oxygen of the Gospel on a daily basis and actively pursuing ways to work its truths into their relationships with one another.… Continue reading
Two weeks ago I finished preaching through James at Piedmont Bible Church (you can listen here). For me, it is always a time of reflection after I finish preaching through a book of the Bible. When I am in the thick of a series my study is very focused, as I strive to learn everything I can about each passage I am preaching.
While before I start a new series, I spend a good bit of time studying the book I am about to preach as a whole, my knowledge of the book (or section of the book) is nothing compared to what it is after I have finished preaching through it.… Continue reading
One of my go to Psalms on Monday mornings when I am often tired, and grouchy, and down and utterly emotionally spent after a day of ministry is Psalm 103. When I am completely wrung out it pours into me. And when things are darker and tougher that a typical Monday morning I go often go to Psalm 103, when I am at my lowest it ministers to my soul. And the thrust of the psalm is found in verse 2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” The psalm goes on to enumerate many of the benefits of a saving relationship with the Lord through faith in Christ, and to extol the character of God.… Continue reading
Happy New Year, dear reader! Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Set any goals? Established any plans for what you want to accomplish by the end of the year? In this brief post I’d like to encourage you to make at least one specific goal for this year and to move it to the top of your list. That goal is to grow in Christ-shaped, Gospel-rooted love for other people. Along with all the books you have resolved to read, and all the weight you have purposed to lose, and all the money you hope to make (or give, or save), and all the other goals you have set for the year, make it your aim to grow in Christian love.… Continue reading
As the new year gets underway, we find ourselves squarely in resolution season. Of course in about three weeks we will be in the heart of resolution breaking season followed in late February by resolution forgetting season. And for Christians one of the most commonly made and then abandoned resolutions is to read through the Bible in the coming year, and this is usually done using a reading plan. If you are the type that likes and responds to regimen and can keep it from becoming a simple task to be completed and continue to approach the Word of God with a worshipful heart, more power to you.… Continue reading