Ears That Hear but Don’t Listen

Here are three things to consider if you've ever felt like you've preached to deaf ears or that maybe you've had a pair of them yourself. 1.) Listeners have a responsibility to hide the Word in their own hearts. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:11, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I [...]

“But God”: The Answer to Man’s Depravity

Consider the doctrine of complete depravity with me. If sinful man is not completely depraved, even from birth, then Christ's death was not completely necessary. But we are depraved, and it was necessary for Him to die, and this is grace. So What's the Problem? The mainline problem taken up with this doctrine, I believe, is [...]

Be Careful How You Read the Bible

Is it possible to read a chapter of the Old Testament or the entirety of the New Testament or even the whole Bible cover to cover, and miss the point altogether? The Pharisees did. Many still do and here's how: Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal [...]

What is God Doing While Life Eats at You?

I walked through my yard to my favorite tree on the property. I went closer this time, and this is what I discovered. Of course, it was fascinating to see nature working in this way, but these little buggers were eating my favorite tree, destroying its beauty. All for what purpose? I hadn't even made [...]

He Told us to Love Him With Everything

The Bible is a book of God's redemptive plan for a fallen people, but it is also a book of commands, decrees, laws, and rules. All of these from a perfect and holy God. But who is able to keep them? Thankfully, Jesus narrowed them down to only one, with a second that is like [...]

Darkness Only Seems To Succeed

"When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest in His unchanging grace." The Christian life. It's good, but often dark. There's much to rejoice in, but still, much pain. How are we to endure to the end when there is so much against us, so many demons rooting for our failure? We endure by [...]