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
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
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
I was twenty-two years old the first time my husband and I lost a baby. All the hope I had in a God who loved me—who fought for my best—was gone as well, replaced by numbing grief and disbelief that God still loved me after he had let that happen. Yet, even in the horrible pain and loss of miscarriage, God had not abandoned my husband and me.Read More
If you’re like most people, you have wondered why God seems silent at times when you have prayed to him about something. Here are six things every person needs to know about unanswered prayer.
I will never forget the moment when hope died in me. I came to believe that hope was nothing more than a pipe dream, and that action and hope were in no way related. Hope was fanciful, wishful thinking, and useless. Years later I encountered real hope in God—the promise maker and promise keeper.
When my son died twelve years ago, it was hard—even painful—for me to read my Bible. These four books are a lifeline of much needed comfort, wisdom, and encouragement for grieving Christians who are struggling to hold on to their faith.
If you’ll pardon the expression, sometimes life sucks. Here are three things to remember when people let you down.
Notice the woes of Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, in the book of Genesis: First, he was hated by his own—and then sold into permanent exile and slavery. Later, a false accusation landed him in the dungeon. God was training Joseph to be a leader, and here's how your heavenly Father is also training you.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
Every time I catch myself minimizing the importance of dying to my flesh as it wars continually with the Spirit, I’ve usually made several choices already to undermine my own personal holiness. Here's why we should never let anything in our lives eclipse a breathless, wholehearted pursuit of God.
As a teenager I read a paperback Living Bible. At the back was a section entitled: “Where to find help when you are...” Bible references were given for “Angry,” “Grieving,” “Tired,” “Lonely,” and so on. The section that I most often went to was "Anxious." Our Father knows that we feel anxiety, and he wants to remove it from us. Here's how to cast all your cares upon Jesus.Read More
Facing a trial right now? Check. Had someone share with you a Christian cliché such as “God never gives you more than you can handle”? Check. Wish you could connect with a Christian counselor who knows his Bible and has wisdom and life experience from which to draw, all the while giving you solid answers and real hope? Check. Well, now you can with David Powlison’s new book, God’s Grace in Your Suffering.Read More
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 us today, and how should we live here and now?
While the month of December can feel magical, I've been struggling the last few years with this sense of being let down by Christmas. Everything I'm looking forward to enjoying is heaped up into a few short, extremely busy weeks. Then it's over and done, and I'm left disappointed. Yet, Christmas is not the end but rather the beginning—here's why.
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.