Posted on 4/14/2014 by Tullian Tchividjian
I love the introduction to Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus Storybook Bible. A piece of it goes like this:
“Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but…most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean. No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves.”
Posted on 4/10/2014 by Susan Thomas
Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? As they started their infamous race, that rabbit had an unfair advantage. He was infinitely faster so the race was his to win! Maybe the tortoise felt fear? Or, maybe he resented the hare and resolved himself to failure. The hare bullied that tortoise with his verbal jabs and silent judgments. But, he got lazy. His pride and false sense of security led him to take what turned out to be a very unfortunate nap. He
Posted on 4/7/2014 by Leslie Vernick
A woman struggling in an emotionally destructive marriage once asked me, “Doesn’t love cover a multitude of sins? (1 Peter 4:8). She continued, “Who am I to hold my husband’s sin or blindness against him? The Bible teaches us, ‘It is good for us to overlook an offense’ (Proverbs 19:11). Shouldn’t I just keep quiet and minister to him, and pray that he will see God’s love in me?”
Posted on 4/2/2014 by Michael Snetzer
In my last blog, I put before you my take on how authority helps us to rightly apply the ideas of entitlement, enablement, and boundaries. In this blog, I will attempt to show the importance of viewing biblical decision making through the lens of authority
Posted on 3/31/2014 by Paul Tripp
This is the second devotional in an 8-part series on Relationships.
We all dream of the perfect relationship. You know, the one that’s free of disagreement, conflict, communication difficulties, power battles, anger and control. We can envision what it would be like. The problem is, none of
Posted on 3/26/2014 by Biblical Soul Care Harvest Bible Chapel
A Common Scenario
Pastor Bill and his wife Lisa had a growing church and a good marriage, but something was wrong. For over six months Bill felt tired much of the time. He found himself snapping at his kids and growing more distant from his loving wife. His sermon
Posted on 3/24/2014 by Tullian Tchividjian
I love the way Philip Yancey describes the discrepancy between our instincts and God’s instincts in his book What’s So Amazing About Grace?
By instinct I feel I must do something in order to be accepted. Grace sounds a startling note of contradiction, of liberation, and every day I must pray anew for the ability to hear its message.
Posted on 3/21/2014 by Justin Holcomb
Grace is not the opposite of strong leadership, but the heart of it. This is important for leadership in all realms, and especially in ministry.
Insecure leaders worry about power dynamics and control. They worry about losing. Or as my friend Steve Brown says, “Real pastors worry about people and their walk with Christ. Wolves in sheep’s clothing worry about power and control."
Posted on 3/17/2014 by Margaret Ashmore
“Grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.” John Piper
In counseling, I am often asked “how to” questions. How do I quit overeating, how do I forgive the wrongs in my past, how can I stop being so afraid, how do I stop obsessing over people and circumstances – and of course the list is as long as the maladies we experience in a world stricken with sin.