There are times in life when I love the future, and even strive to speed up its arrival—as if that were possible! But there are other times when the future is not exciting at all. Instead, it is dark with shadows, and it seems to hide its intentions. Here are three good things to remember when you feel anxious about the future.Read More
Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus turned to his disciples, raised his hands, and blessed them. Just as Melchizedek blessed Abraham, so Christ blessed his people as our high priest. Here are eight comforting things to remember about Jesus’ benediction.Read More
Seeing two people arm in arm always gives me joy. Unlike the kiss, it doesn’t exclude others. Unlike an embrace, it doesn’t prevent you walking along together. In Proverbs 3:5-6, we hear Jesus call us to walk arm in arm with him through every path of life.Read More
Before he was taken up to heaven, Jesus turned to his disciples, raised his hands, and blessed them. Even as he receded from view, Jesus’ disciples still heard him blessing—and for good reason. Here are five reasons why the the ascension of Jesus brings comfort to every Christian today.Read More
When saying the Lord’s Prayer, it can be easy to take for granted the significance of the first line. Here are two truly amazing aspects of prayer every Christian should always remember.Read More
There are songs, hymns, and books that tell us how God is our friend. But what do we do when it feels like God is far away? Be encouraged by remembering these three things.Read More
Growing through grieving is not something any of us want to do, but God is at work even in the great pain of death to help his children mature in their walk with him. During the last months of my dad’s life, I learned some things about our Father in heaven and his plan for us that I didn’t know before.Read More
Waiting is hard because we are impatient by nature. We want to speed things up and make things happen. In many ways, the Christian life is one of waiting. The Bible even encourages a particular kind of waiting for believers—waiting on the Lord—and sees it as a good thing.Read More
Tragedies are riddles—and not the fun and amusing kind of riddles. Rather, they are painful and mind-boggling. Events happen without explanation and without any apparent reason. Here are three ways we see God’s love for his children and how he brings about good through suffering.Read More
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, we feel the weight of it. It makes us grieve and feel sorrow. King David described the conviction he felt over his sin like that of crushed bones. Here are five important things we can learn about repentance from Psalm 51.Read More
Maybe you were given a host of opportunities in life, but you squandered them and are left with little or nothing to show for it. Maybe you hurt people and caused a lot of pain, and you can’t make it right. In the life of King Saul, we see the unending reach of Christ’s mercy—and what it means for you today.
Perhaps one of the most common Bible verses found on bookmarks, in memory lists, and on social media posts is Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’” What does this verse mean for you today, and how should you live here and now?
My boys were playing a board game and it was down to the last spin. The child who ended up losing stomped his feet and declared, "That's not fair! He always wins!" Kids aren’t the only ones who think this way. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do some people seem to always win and I always lose?”Read More
Is it possible that even in our self-inflicted trials—when we are acutely aware of our fallen, sinful nature—the glory of God is manifested by his work in and for us? Absolutely. Here are three good things to remember when you feel overwhelmed by your sin and failures.Read More
On a recent trip to Israel, I visited the Valley of the Shadow of Death, which is so named because travelers in ancient times were at risk from thieves and wild animals lurking in the shadowy darkness. Here are two good things to remember when you walk through the valleys of life.Read More
Maybe you have recently experienced a devastating loss, or you know someone who has. Even though it seems impossible to do when facing a sudden tragedy, here are five good things to remember.
You may be feeling that life just isn’t worth living anymore, that you have made such a mess of things, or that life has dealt you too many blows. You are down for the count. Will you get up? Even in the most difficult of circumstances, here’s why you can go forward and live with purpose.Read More
You don’t have to be popular, rich, attractive, healthy, or successful for your life to have meaning and value. Here are three things you need to know about God’s love for you.Read More