Fight Through the Crowd

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God , that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over … Continue reading

Will Power is No Power

His father says “I don’t think you should do that, you are not strong enough to handle one corner trust me!” The boy feels insulted at his dad’s suggestion of his weakness. His father lets him try because his son is impeding progress.

Willingly a Hostage

As we seek to save our lives by accumulating all the things we think will save us, we lose the most valuable. We lose our souls in the end but we are blinded by the bondage of our hope. The kidnapper has deceived the prey into thinking that this is all that is left. So we live situation by situation and we subject our souls future to the grave.

Nine Ways the Gospel Transforms Marriage

By Jonathan Parnell | Aug 25, 2012 04:00 am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, suffered on the cross in our place and was raised triumphantly from the dead. He ascended to the Father’s right hand and is now enthroned, sending his Spirit who by the Word gathers for himself a new people from every … Continue reading

Reflections

Genesis 9:6 English Standard Version (ESV) 6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. When was the last time you looked in a mirror? Or how about a pool of water?  Have you seen your reflection?  Have you ever seen someone … Continue reading

Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday

April 22, 2011 by: John Piper Subscribe to…   On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Here’s the summary of my answer. My devotion to the truth that God magnifies himself in all that he does has been increasingly refined in a Christ-centered … Continue reading

Salvation by Grace

The work of Jesus Christ as Savior is the prominent theme in the Bible.  He is the promised seed of woman who will conquer Satan (Gen. 3:15).  He is the promised Servant of Yahweh who would bear the sins of the whole world (Isa. 53:4-6; Jn. 1:24). As the Savior Jesus Christ died on the … Continue reading

My Reason: Unpacked

So now we have Jesus Christ, who lived a life we could not live and He died a death we could not die. So now we have Christ righteousness added to us and atonement for our sins so we can do what Isaiah did, approach the throne as a royal priesthood (1 Peter, 1 Peter 2:1-12).

A Life Worthy of the Gospel

How then do we live a life worthy of our calling? The Christian life is not the same thing as the culturally accepted norms of the local community in which we live. The world is antagonistic to the Christian life (1 John 2:15-17). God has called us “out of the darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9b NET). How tragic when you can’t tell the difference between the standards of the culture and the local church.

Freedom from Yourself and Others

Romans 12 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.