My biggest struggle with daily devotions is not carving out the 20 to 30 minutes needed to read the word and spend time with God. The most difficult part is slowing down my heart and mind enough to get anything from it. Here is the challenge. I usually wake up to an endless list of tasks … Continue reading My Biggest Struggle with Daily Devotions
She stopped by again today and gave me one of those looks. The beauty of her face set against the backdrop of the tumultuous sky promised me peace. It was soft and gentle. It was like she was telling me, “I know life is not perfect, and I can help.” There was a grace in … Continue reading The Misleading Beauty of Temptation
I am growing more convicted that much of what Christian writers, myself included, spend time writing about will not stand the test of time. Christians need to know what is going on in the world, and Christians need to speak the truth into these issues. We need to understand how the world thinks and how … Continue reading Social Commentary Blows Away with the Wind
As believers, we struggle against sin and temptation. There will never be a time in our lives when we will not be striving against it. However, fighting against sin is one thing; sin having control is quite another. Sin can quickly gain power in our lives if we are not diligent. This is why John … Continue reading 5 Signs Sin Has a Powerful Grip on Your Life
May my prayer be set before you like incense. – Psalm 141:2 Throughout the Old Testament, we see incense playing a significant role in the worship God had prescribed for his people. It was so essential that there was an altar of incense in the Holy Place. As we consider this topic, it is important to … Continue reading 4 Ways Incense is a Picture of Prayer in the Bible
Abstain from the passions of the flesh, which war against your soul. - 1 Peter 2:11 The general nature of indwelling sin is that it is always at enmity with us. There can be no terms of peace. It must be abolished and destroyed, every part and parcel of it. Every drop of poison is … Continue reading You Cannot Satisfy Sin By Sinning – John Owen
This morning I had the privilege of preaching at Bethel Grace Baptist Church. The title of the sermon was "Looking on Things Unseen." The focus of the message was on the importance of being spiritually minded. The sermon has four main parts. Why This Sermon? - It is here that I tell a little about … Continue reading What Does it Mean to be Spiritually-Minded?
One of the great prayers from the Valley of Vision, a collection of old puritan prayers, says this, "No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If thou, oh Lord, should give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sin, or to have them burnt away with trials, give … Continue reading Sanctified Affliction Seldom Seems Sanctified