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Suffering
January 28, 2018

God Is Up to Something

God Is Up to Something

Sometimes it seems that God is distant from his people and their pain. It can seem as if he does not care, that he has abandoned us, and left us to suffer in our misery. Hannah’s prayer for a son, and her subsequent prayer of thanksgiving, urge God’s people to wait on the Lord with […]

September 10, 2017

The Glorious Freedom of the Children of God

The Glorious Freedom of the Children of God

The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple yet profound. The simple truth that God saves sinners also implies a glorious hope not only for those who believe this truth, but also for all subhuman creation. When the sons of God are revealed, we will finally experience the glory that God has promised to bring to […]

June 18, 2017

Pray by Confessing

Pray by Confessing

Why do we find prayer to be so difficult? In a word, it is because of sin. Whether we are in difficult or prosperous circumstances, our sin keeps us dependent on ourselves rather than on God. Prayer, then, is fundamental to the war against sin. As we confess and forsake our sins in prayer, we […]

April 16, 2017

Be Strong in the Lord

Be Strong in the Lord

There is a great cosmic battle between Good and Evil and we are swept up into the struggle. Our evil Enemy looks for every opportunity he can to thwart the progress of the gospel, taking advantage of both tragedy and prosperity to coax us away from God and his ways. We are powerless against Satan’s […]

December 4, 2016

Ministers of the Mystery

Ministers of the Mystery

God has made known his great mystery, the plan of salvation that he is accomplishing even now. As we are swept into his plan, he recruits us to be his ministers, sending us out as his agents to make the mystery known to even more people. There is no greater calling that we could possibly […]

May 1, 2016

Longing for Home

Longing for Home

For the Christian, the world is not our home so we can never become comfortable with life here. We live East of Eden, in a place that cannot achieve peace but is quick to go to war. The Christian sojourner is a frequent target. But salvation will come in the truth of God that, like […]

April 17, 2016

Completing Our Calling

Completing Our Calling

If we are going to be faithful disciples of Jesus, we must be reminded of our weaknesses even as we obey Jesus and carry out our calling. We have to commit ourselves to following Jesus no matter where he leads us and no matter where he leads anyone else. Faithful disciples keep their eyes on […]

January 3, 2016

Comfort for Troubled Hearts

Comfort for Troubled Hearts

Jesus’s disciples had just been told that there was a traitor among them, that Peter was going to deny Jesus, and that Jesus was about to leave them. They were in desperate need of words of assurance. Jesus comforted them with truths about his character and his plans for them for the future. The same truths about […]

December 20, 2015

Judases Among Us

Judases Among Us

Lurking within the circle of Jesus’s own disciples was a traitor named Judas Iscariot. Jesus not only knew this–he deliberately chose to include Judas into his community. And just as Jesus so graciously appealed to Judas’s treacherous heart, Jesus requires his church today to combat such treachery in our midst with a grace that, if […]

December 13, 2015

The Savior Who Serves

The Savior Who Serves

Isaiah identified the Messiah as a suffering servant. In John 13, Jesus symbolically demonstrates what it means to be a servant by washing the feet of his disciples. This act pointed to the greater act of humble service he was about to perform for the salvation of the world. At the same time, it demonstrated […]

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