May 28, 2022
0
0
0

When the going gets rough, we're going nowhere without desire. And the going will get rough. The world, the minions of darkness, and your own double-mindedness are all set against you. Just try coming alive, try living from your heart for the...

READ MORE
May 27, 2022
0
0
0
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14).
 
The Greek word here for “the world” we are crucified to is kosmos...
READ MORE
May 26, 2022
0
0
0

Reserves are replenished when there’s more coming in than there is going out.

That’s how it works. That’s why people come back from their vacations feeling better, and why folks who have taken real time off, like a sabbatical,...

READ MORE
May 25, 2022
0
0
0

Scripture tells us that we might at any time entertain an angel simply by welcoming a stranger. The serpent in the garden is really the Prince of Darkness. The carpenter from Nazareth—there is more to him than meets the eye as well. Things are...

READ MORE
May 24, 2022
0
0
0
The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[Sam]   When we moved into our first place, Susie started having some intense...
READ MORE
May 23, 2022
0
0
0

But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. (Hebrews 10:39)

I wonder—could our heightened state of longing for things to be...

READ MORE
May 22, 2022
0
0
0

You might think that keeping Jesus all mysterious and heavenly is the proper thing to do, but consider this: When he came, he came as presented in the Gospels—very much human, a person, a man, with a very distinct personality. This is the primary...

READ MORE
May 21, 2022
0
0
0

I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman. Every woman I've ever met feels it—something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut...

READ MORE
May 20, 2022
0
0
0

Years in the Comfort Culture made us emotionally soft.

If we don’t feel like doing something, we don’t do it.

If we don’t feel like believing something, we don’t believe it.

Folks like to call this authenticity, but it’s...

READ MORE
May 19, 2022
0
0
0
Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
My experiences with the opposite sex in middle school and high school weren’t so great. When I...
READ MORE
May 18, 2022
0
0
0
You will be tested. Like Jesus’ desert trial, the enemy comes, probing the perimeter. He knows your story, knows where the weak spots are. But this is our training. This is the spiritual equivalent of, “Take a high guard, like this....
READ MORE
May 17, 2022
0
0
0
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind...
READ MORE
May 16, 2022
0
0
0

I think everyone prays at some point in their life, even if they’re not sure someone is listening. And I’ll bet that one of the most common prayers goes something like, Lord help me; give me strength.

I really like that prayer. It...

READ MORE
May 15, 2022
0
0
0

What exactly are you perfectly clear on these days? How about your life—why have things gone the way they have? Where was God in all that? And do you know what you ought to do next, with a deep, settled confidence that it will work out? Neither...

READ MORE
May 14, 2022
0
0
0

Once we come to accept that we can never find or hang on to the life we have been seeking, what then? As Dallas Willard writes, it matters for all the world to know that life is ahead of us.

I meet many faithful Christians who, in...

READ MORE
May 13, 2022
0
0
0

Resignation is not just the sigh that groans with something gone wrong. Such a sigh can be redemptive if it does not let go of the Haunting we have all experienced of something presently lost. Resignation is the acceptance of the loss as final....

READ MORE
May 12, 2022
0
0
0

God has given each of us an inheritance in Christ. Jesus came that we might have life and life to the full. When we get into relationships with people or institutions or into patterns of behavior or addictions that are not God’s highest for us,...

READ MORE
May 11, 2022
0
0
0

If you want to turn your children off to Jesus, ignore holiness (or choose the technical rule-keeping impostor). Be a jerk and then insist the family pray at mealtimes; let them see you lie to your boss or your aging parents and then insist you...

READ MORE
May 10, 2022
0
0
0

The Evil One lied to us about where true life was found...and we believed him.

God gave us the wondrous world as our playground, and he told us to enjoy it fully and freely. Yet despite his extravagant generosity, we had to reach for the...

READ MORE
May 09, 2022
0
0
0

Most of us have been misinterpreting life and what God is doing for a long time. "I think I'm just trying to get God to make my life work easier," a client of mine confessed, but he could have been speaking for most of us. We're asking the wrong...

READ MORE

Pages

Popular Daily Readings