Tithing To God

Tithing can be a challenging idea for many of us. I know that many have endured financial hardship and strain lately. It simply may not be possible for you to begin giving 10 percent to God right away. But I encourage you to take a step in that direction. God...

The Bible in Miniature

People are not the point of the Bible, God is. The Bible tells the story of a glorious Triune God who shows himself to be glorious chiefly by dumping his grace on ill-deserving creatures. This is a far cry from the typical evangelical take, which is more like a rom-com story of...

Christ Our Ransom

Psalm 49 establishes a dilemma of direst condition: Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice . . .  (49:7-8) The condition of man since the fall is one of bondage to...

The Transforming Power of God-Centeredness

The Bible from beginning to end is the story of God. There is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew...

What Is Union With Christ?

New Testament Shorthand If by his mercy, God has caused to be born again (1 Peter 1:3) and you have turned from your sins and believed the gospel (Mark 1:15), then God has placed your sin, debt, and life of rebellion upon Jesus Christ on Calvary’s tree and crushed his...

Of Blooms and Roots

Jesus applied these landscaping lessons to us when He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2) Being...

Why Do We Fear?

Fear is rooted in what we believe. Circumstances, words, and things we see or hear can provoke it. To live a victorious life for Christ, we must harness our fears. Even though the disciples lived with Jesus and saw Him perform many miracles such as, healing the sick, raising the...

What One Question Would You Ask Jesus?

Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him…And he questioned Him with many words…(Luke 23:8-9). Someone once asked Larry King, the legendary television interviewer: if he could sit across the...

HEALTHY GUARDRAILS

For most people, eating healthy and working out is about getting in better shape, but it has benefits that extend way beyond physical appearance. The sense of accomplishment you feel after a good work out feels amazing, and it's proven to improve mental health, relieve stress, and boost confidence. God...

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT EASTER

This is the time when we remember and celebrate the most world-changing event in all of history: the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus has been the focus of Christian preaching and teaching for nearly 2,000 years now, and for good reason. The book of Acts gives an account...