To Christians On Primary Identity

How I define myself is a good indicator of what I'm worshiping. How do I define myself in those first few moments of the morning, right after the alarm and before the coffee? How do I think of myself during the day? How do I classify myself in opposition to the people I quarrel with... Continue Reading →

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Preparing for Pain

No one in this life is beyond the the possibility of deep sin or crisis or crippling despair. No one is beyond the reach of life simply falling apart. Which is another way of saying that no one is beyond needing Jesus. I read a 1994 Washington Post story about a normal family man who... Continue Reading →

A Tick On the Clock

If none of the things you want most out of life could be resolved by Jesus coming back, your heart is not calibrated correctly.   Your heart was designed to commune with God.  It’s in God that you can have the peace and hope and joy that you thirst for.  And when the Son of God returns... Continue Reading →

My Worst Enemy

I won’t waste your time:  My worst enemy is my own sin.   I am always tempted to look at what others have done to me, or are currently doing to me, or how I'm being shortchanged in a certain way as my biggest problem.  It makes sense to a shortsighted, self-centered mind.   "The... Continue Reading →

Your Life As A House

I was thinking this morning during a conversation with my wife.  That happens a lot on Saturday mornings, because we both drink coffee and the kids quiet down as we drive around our side of town and sight see.  The thoughts were about people we know who claim to be Christians, and think they are... Continue Reading →

A Catechism for Our Day

The Word of God is always relevant.  And our hearts will be healthier when they are brought under it. A Christian who brings Scripture and the God of Scripture to bear on his thoughts, emotions, choices, philosophy, theology, self-talk, vocation, family dynamic, behaviors, hobbies, and habits will be a Christian whose spiritual muscles and bones... Continue Reading →

Killing Anxiety

For a Christian, anxious thinking is illogical thinking.   When a Christian is anxious, he is assigning more weight, more power, to his problem than to God.  This is, after all, the God He professes is sovereign and who He claims loves him.  And yet here this Christian is, worried and nervous and agitated and irritable.... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take This Personally

No one's life has ever been made better by taking more things personally.  With each gesture, each word or tone of voice that I choose to take as an affront to my worth or goodness I make myself a little more miserable and a little more insufferable.  That child who just rolled his eyes at... Continue Reading →

Let This War Kill Him

One of the most freeing parts about being a Christian is being on the right side in a war that's already been won.   And one of the villains who has been laid down in that war is all of the worst things inside of yourself.   We're preaching through the Sermon on the Mount... Continue Reading →

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