Jeremy Writebol reflects on the difficulty and importance of committing to a local church for the long haul.
Suffering, Lauren Bowerman writes, is not a mark of failure or weakness. It's not a sign of God's disappointment in you. Suffering—even depression—can be a means of grace.
Like the lame man Bartimaeus, we often want grace to do the healing and the walking. But Jesus does not abide that kind of soul paralysis. Instead, he says, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
Do you long for the easy life or the crucified life? Shallow living promises comfort but comes at a cost. Don’t settle for the shallows.
Confession and repentance are supposed to set you free from your bondage to sin and shame. But what happens when it doesn’t work?
The Bible is useful in our everyday lives. However, if we come to the Bible with a utilitarian “the Bible is an instruction manual for life” approach, we’ll find ourselves frustrated.