A Shepherd’s Christmas

The angels came from the realms of glory to announce the birth of Christ to the lowly. Why did they appear to shepherds when a shepherd's testimony did not even count in a court of law, and what would it have been like to hear the shepherd’s tell their story? Though we do not know … Continue reading A Shepherd’s Christmas

What We Need in a Daily Devotional

I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. -Psalm 119:15 The habit of laying up a text of Scripture in the morning, to be meditated upon while engaged in the business of this world through the day, is both profitable and delightful. It is as a refreshing draught to a weary traveler! Nothing … Continue reading What We Need in a Daily Devotional

The Great Depression, Pandemics, and a Benefit of Hard Times

The good times are to be expected, and the hard times are surprising and strange. Perhaps that unconscious assumption is causing us grief. Wendell Berry, in his book, Jayber Crow, describes the “old-timers” in a way that seems lost on many people today. He says: “As much as any of the old-timers, he regarded the … Continue reading The Great Depression, Pandemics, and a Benefit of Hard Times

Our Quiet Times are Rarely as Quiet as they Appear

If someone were to walk by, they would see a man at rest on the Lord’s day. He is sitting quietly, soaking up the sun on a beautiful spring day. The birds are singing, and a pleasant breeze is blowing. His posture is relaxed, and in his lap sits his Bible. In his hands are … Continue reading Our Quiet Times are Rarely as Quiet as they Appear

Top 10 Fight of Faith Posts of 2019

2019 was a great year for the Fight of Faith, and I am thankful to all of you who stopped by the blog. I am also thankful to Tim Challies who featured five of the articles below in his Al La Carte posts. The Fight of Faith readership increased by 410% over 2018. As a … Continue reading Top 10 Fight of Faith Posts of 2019

When Pressing on Means Giving Up

I could hear the voices whispering, “Persevere. Don’t give up. You need to press on.” The only problem was I was fairly certain these were the voices of the enemy. I was torn because persistence is something to honor. A sense of despondency and joy burned within me at the thought of ending several lifelong … Continue reading When Pressing on Means Giving Up

The Reward of Sin

Suppose a person were to go to a blacksmith and say to him, 'I want you to make me a long and heavy chain — I will pay you well for it.' The blacksmith, for the sake of the money, commences it; and after toiling hard for some time, finishes it. The person calls, and says on … Continue reading The Reward of Sin

The Storm Killed My Idols

The storm is a gift. This was the thought that was running through my mind as wave after wave crashed upon me. In part because I knew it was true and partly because I hoped it was true. When the skies turned dark they caught me off guard. I found myself lost in confusion as … Continue reading The Storm Killed My Idols

Anchored to the Distant Shore

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the … Continue reading Anchored to the Distant Shore

The Spiritual Pulse of the Renewed Soul

"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens." -Lamentations 3:41 Prayer is the spiritual pulse of the renewed soul; its beat indicates the healthy or unhealthy state of the believer. Just as the physician would decide upon the health of the body from the action of the pulse, so … Continue reading The Spiritual Pulse of the Renewed Soul