Puritan writer Matthew Henry was once robbed by thieves and recorded in his journal:
“Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, and not someone else.”
How could Matthew Henry rejoice after being hijacked? Because he didn’t derive his joy from his circumstances, but took joy in the God of his s
Childish and childlike are similar words with vastly different meanings. The former encapsulates all the worst things about children – petulance, immaturity, obnoxiousness, selfishness, and so on. It is antithetical to faith. The latter, though, describes all the beautiful things about children – trust, joy, innocence, curiosity, wonder, forgiveness, and so much more. This word, childlike, is the flavor our faith in God ought to have. What follows are five characteristics of childlikenes
Another week passes, and another painful story about a prominent pastor surfaces. The details vary, but I’ve noticed one common theme. It seems that the very traits that cause a man to rise to prominence invariably lead to his demise. The personality traits that allowed him to climb the mountain of ministry, and do so with relative success, often push him off the mountain on the other side.
A new pastor longs to do something great for God, and he does—but then this drive causes him to
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Barnabas Piper, and Ronnie Martin riff on the following. What is the ongoing fascination with shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? Is it hate watching? Is it genuine interest? How do each of the hosts write a book? Where do they get their ideas? What does the process look like? What is the ever loving deal with fictional Calvinist characters on social media?
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Many of Jesus’ statements frustrate me.
If you want to save your life, you have to lose it (Matt 16:25).
Do not worry about your life (Matt 6:25).
Deny yourself (Mk 8:34).
There’s another one that’s recently inched its way up my list of “Top 10 Statements by Jesus that I Don’t Like Most Days.”
It’s this one: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Lk 16:10). In
A friend of mine was saved in his twenties. One day as he was driving through the city where he lived, he happened to see a pretty girl walking down the street (she would later become his wife). He was momentarily distracted and slammed into a parked car. I hate that when that happens! He got out of his car to assess the damage. Inspecting the dents, instead of cursing or complaining he began to say, “So what — I’m saved! Praise God, I’m saved! I just smashed my car up, but so what — I’m save
Podcasting is now where blogging was in the early 2000s – booming and being discovered by the masses as a relatively easy way to both consume and create content of all sorts. This post is for the creators, or rather the prospective creators – those considering launching a podcast. I have been part of launching three in the past 5 years, so this stems from what I have learned in those experiences as well as conferring with other podcasters. This list was compiled with he help of Jonathan Howe
I was freshly reminded yesterday in 2 Chronicles that it doesn’t matter how strong we are when we begin our Christian life; what matters is how we finish. The story of Uzziah puts the fear of the Lord in me.
And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king… Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the L
Analyze this how you will, but these are the best searches leading people to this site in the past month or so. Amish
We can only assume this isn’t actually Amish people doing the searching what with electricity and internet being necessary. So let’s assume it’s Stephen Altrogge’s fixation with Amish romance novels. How to be like Raymond Reddington
Apparently there are a measurable number of people who would like to be a fedora-wearing, witty, smug, playboy billionaire who is