A 30 Second Word to Loner Christians

Specifically, a word to Christians who have no pastors or elders who they will submit to. Who buck against the very notion. It is virtually impossible to be spiritually healthy when no other Christian has the authority to speak into your life. If you do not have any Christian who you submit to, any other... Continue Reading →

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Porn is a Liar

Porn twists sex into something ugly. By the very acts it depicts it says that sex requires no promise, no covenant, and no self-sacrificial love. Porn is not a joke. It is not normal. It is not healthy. It is deadly serious, aberrant, and toxic. It tries to make something that is beautiful, beautiful in... Continue Reading →

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 →

Gods and Gifts

In order to love what God has made well, one must love God. Without acknowledging the Creator, love of created things will veer off in a bad direction. It may move towards pure idolatry, where one worships and seeks ultimate meaning and joy from created things (food, family, human affection, human respect, etc.). You might... Continue Reading →

The Rev. E. R. Conder On Doubt

I came across this from Reverend E.R. Conder, in the 19th century Pulpit Commentary, on Psalm 86. It's wonderful and true: A strong trust can slay the darkest fears. Doubt distracts, agitates, unsettles, weakens (Jas. 1:8). A doubting temper, fond of dwelling on difficulties and objections, is fatal to unity of mind, heart, and will.... Continue Reading →

60 Seconds On Joy

One of the fundamental features of the Christian faith is joy. Being deeply glad and hopeful because of what Jesus has done for me, and what He promises to finish in me, is supposed to be the posture of my heart. Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.  To write the same things again is... Continue Reading →

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