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The Damaging Effects of Our Anger When We Don’t Own It

Damaging Effects of Our Anger When We Don't Own It

Sinful anger is regularly minimized, even among Christians—or especially among Christians. We often reclassify anger to lesser-sounding offenses—to better-sounding sin categories. Typically, when I talk to people about being angry, the response is usually along the lines of, “Oh no, I’m not an angry person.… Continue Reading …

When Unforgiveness Lingers, Resentment and Bitterness Enter

When Unforgiveness Lingers, Resentment and Bitterness Enter

Supporter Question: As a full-time elder and pastor for twenty-seven years, I have seen and walked with people through many forms of offenses and relational conflict. Your articles are helpful and needed in the church today. In the following scenario, I wonder if you could… Continue Reading …

Knowing You’re Bad Is the Beginning of Being Good

Knowing You're Bad Is the Beginning of Being Good

One of the most counterintuitive messages for anyone to accept is their inherent badness. If you are feeling bad about yourself, the key to overcoming this struggle is to accept that you’re not a good person. The culture says you are somebody. The Bible says… Continue Reading …

Struggling With Sin Is One Way the Lord Strengthens You

Two people have a similar struggle. Both of them struggle with discouragement because of their ongoing patterns of sin. Rather than seeing sin as an opportunity to lean into God, they are heading farther down the path of frustration and fear. Sinning plus struggling with… Continue Reading …

You Have the Right to Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Imagine being untethered from the controlling opinions of others. Imagine not thinking about what other people think about you. Imagine being so connected to God that your daily experience is the enjoyment of His pleasure. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud,… Continue Reading …

Daddy and Daughter Discuss Justification and Sanctification

When my daughter was eleven-years old, she asked, “If you do something wrong, are you still a Christian?” It was one of those “can you lose your salvation” questions. She asked it during a time when other things were going on, so I did not… Continue Reading …

Christian Legalism: People-Pleasing and Performance Traps

Christian Legalism, People-Pleasing and Performance Traps

Christian Legalism is the bane of religion. It’s the persistent nemesis in all of our hearts. Though we usually discuss legalism regarding our salvation, I’m speaking about how it affects our sanctification after being born again. Most Christians I encounter do not struggle with a… Continue Reading …

How Can I Trust God When He Does Not Act the Way I Think He Should?

When things do not go according to your plans and the losses keep mounting, it’s only a short step from walking away from God and caring friends who can persevere with you and your suffering. Listen to the podcast You may want to read: I… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 3 – Are You for Your Spouse?

Marriage Devotion Day 3 – Are You For Your Spouse

If you are going to imitate the Lord in your marriage (Ephesians 5:1), being “for your spouse” must be near the top of your list of things you want to do. Being for someone is a sound and loving gospel-motivated practice. Are you for your… Continue Reading …