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The Care of Souls Is Mostly about Prayer and Prophecy

Discipleship Is Mostly about Prayer and Prophecy

A friend asked what I would say to a counselee I have yet to meet. I said that I have no idea what I would say until I meet them. I’m not sure what he wants or what he is going to ask me. I don’t… Continue Reading …

When the Terrifying Call of God on Our Lives Seems Comically Cruel

When the Terrifying Call of God On Our Lives Seems Comically Cruel

Some stories are so bizarre that you can only respond with shock and unbelief. It breaks our categories and reinvents how we are supposed to think about God. It happens when we hear about a horrific event that is happening to someone. Then God interrupts… Continue Reading …

What Are You to Do When God Does Not Respond Like You Hoped?

What Are You to Do When God Does Not Respond Like You Hoped

Humans were created for worship; it’s part of our ontology—the nature of our being—as determined by our Creator. You will worship something. If you worship the living God in spirit and truth, you will be transformed into His likeness; if you worship any version of… Continue Reading …

Letter to God: I Need to Die; Will You Help Me?

Letter to God_ I Need to Die; Will You Help Me_

Paul said, “To live is Christ.” In four syllables, he explained why and what for his earthly existence. Apart from asking the Lord to regenerate you, you could not make a more life-transforming statement. Why was Paul living? Christ. What was his point of living?… Continue Reading …

The Trap and the Escape of the Christian Idolater

The Trap and the Escape of the Christian Idolater

There is a problem for the Christian who believes he can live any way he wants to live because God has saved him. Though he is free from the penalty of sin, he is not free from idolatry’s consequences. Grace does not give him the… Continue Reading …

God Is Not on Your Side: You’re on His Side, or You’re Not

God Is Not On Your Side_ You're On His Side, or You're Not

Imperfect people steward neither blessings nor trials well. As Martin Luther said, we are curved inward on ourselves, meaning that self-interest rather than God’s glory or others’ good is what generally rules us, causing us to respond poorly to virtually everything that happens to us.… Continue Reading …

How to Think about a God Who Permits Sin in Your Life

How to Think About a God Who Permits Sin In Your Life

How many ways are available from the Lord to help you grow up in Christ? Most folks would say things like the Bible, prayer, church, and close friends. They are correct. Those are four essential means of grace for maturing in Christlikeness. Here’s one more.… Continue Reading …

To Wear a Mask or Not Is Not the Most Important Question

To Wear a Mask or Not Is Not the Most Important Question

Should you wear a mask in public? Perhaps you do, and it’s a non-issue for you. Praise God. I’m sure you’re aware that many of your friends are not where you are. It never occurred to me to write on this subject, but it has… Continue Reading …

Vital Teaching for Releasing Your Children to the World

Vital Teaching for Releasing Your Children to the World

One of the essential goals of parenting is the practice of releasing your children to the culture where they will eventually live. Part of this process is for them to live less under the governance of the parent’s rules and more under God’s authority. As… Continue Reading …

Why You Should Live in the Freedom of Knowing the Future

Why You Should Live in the Freedom of Knowing the Future

In God’s mind, your life is over. He sees the end from the beginning. The Lord stands outside of time—a macro view, looking inside your timeline, which has a start and end date, and He’s helping you navigate your journey. You’re not sure where you’re… Continue Reading …