As we’ve been going through 1 Corinthians, we’ve talked a lot about marriage and singleness. Ever since we looked at 1 Corinthians 7, I’ve had really interesting conversations with my single and married friends, and thought it might be helpful to share a few things singles wish married couples knew, along with bits of my own story....Keep Reading
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This building process reminded me that it takes many people to help build the spiritual foundation for our children as well. Mothers have a unique opportunity to shape the lives of their children by providing a firm foundation on which to build a godly life, but we are not meant to go it alone....
I hope that after taking a closer look, this verse will give you a more complete view of your past, present, and future salvation. It should also provide you with another Scripture for your arsenal to combat the lies of the evil one. Most of all, though, I pray that God will use it to reassure you of his faithfulness to finish what he started in you....
Prayer is hard. I’ve been following Jesus for nearly 30 years and I still don’t have this figured out. A little over a year ago I began feeling convicted that God wanted me to love Him with more of my heart, not just my mind and my habits. After reflecting on the matter, I loaded up with some books on prayer and study materials for the Psalms and asked God to lead me into a more powerful and intimate prayer life....
The fact that Jesus lists persecution as a beatitude and mentions it twice underscores the reality of persecution for every believer. This doesn’t mean that we should be persecuted for our faith at all times. But this does mean that persecution is inevitable and that it is a mark of being a Christian....
When Josh asked the students during the debrief Sunday morning to raise their hands if they loved Jesus more than they did before the weekend started, I didn’t hesitate to raise my hand. God did some unbelievable things in my heart and the hearts of many other students during FOCUS 2017, and I was so blessed to be part of such an amazing weekend....
Have you been here before? A friend offers to pay for you, or you are complimented, or someone offers you some practical help, yet you feel that you just can’t accept it? You feel uncomfortable or like you need to contribute something. And in one way or another, you decline it. Or accept it reluctantly. What is it about receiving grace that is so hard?...Keep Reading
On Father’s Day, we looked at God’s word for Fathers and came away with three charges: Fathers are to pursue Christ, honor their wives, and train up their children....Keep Reading
How would you feel if the Taliban or ISIS gave you the choice to join them or leave the country because you work for the government, are a soldier, or because they just don’t like you? If you stay and don’t join the Taliban, then you and your family will be killed. On our recent trip to Athens, Greece, we met several families who relayed this story of total despair at ...Keep Reading
Is anyone good at waiting? I know I‘m not. Waiting has never been easy for me. When I look back on my life, I haven’t had to wait for many things… until now....Keep Reading
“Dad, God loves me even when I sin.” I remember hearing my son say this when he was only three years old. My wife and I quietly laughed together at the truthfulness of the statement, but we also realized our need to teach and model the pursuit of holiness in a grace-drenched environment....Keep Reading
When did this happen? When did I—when did we—get so busy that it became hard to sit for two minutes at a red light? The smallest moments of our day have become moments to get something done or escape....Keep Reading
On Sunday, Afshin preached on our need for prayer and how we pray. As we grow in seeing our need for God and confessing our need in prayer, here are some great resources that can help us along the way....Keep Reading
It’s 6:30 a.m. and my alarm is going off. I look at the clock, hit snooze and turn over in bed. How did I get here AGAIN? How did I miss another opportunity in the morning to spend time with God, reading his word?...Keep Reading
Storytelling is one of the most powerful and compelling ways to communicate truth. This is incredibly important when it comes to biblical truth, as we see Jesus use simple stories and parables to communicate deep truths about God and his kingdom....Keep Reading