Why the Enemy Seems Victorious

Why the Enemy Seems Victorious

“Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. “A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, Until He leads justice to victory.

Written by a Puritan pastor-scholar whose “affectionate theology” (in the words of his biographer, Mark Dever) is saturated with the love of Christ, A Bruised Reed is a great resource for those who struggle with doubt. In this book, Sibbes openly addresses what should be a distinguishing characteristic of biblical counseling

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Grace for Mothers

Grace for Mothers

Mom Guilt is real, and all mothers feel it. We feel inadequate, unprepared, overdone, and just really overlooked sometimes. Our kids and families are so important to us, and we want to show them that love and concern every day. We do our best, but somedays we don’t have it. Our love tanks, our energy banks, and our overall “I can’t take this anymore” buckets are full. Then that’s when we seem to get the statements, “You work, and have two little ones at home.” “Shouldn’t you be spending more time with your kids.” “You know that the formative years are the most important.” Wow, can moms get a break? 

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Choosing What is Hard

Choosing What is Hard

God calls each one of us to love sacrificially (Eph 5:2). Loving this way is hard. In our home, this call meant becoming foster parents. Being a foster parent is not easy or simple, and sometimes it is not even fulfilling (as you and I are tempted to define it). It is hard, it is costly, and it is often thankless, but we do it nonetheless. Here are three reasons why we, as a couple and now as a family, choose to do what is hard.

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Praying for Our Neighbors: 1-1-1

Praying for Our Neighbors: 1-1-1

My wife, Heidi, our two teens and I had just moved to our home near Denver when we were invited to our first “flamingo party.” What’s that? It’s a gathering of neighbors on Friday nights in the summer. You know where the party is happening by looking for the gaudy pink plastic birds by the side of a driveway. Find the flamingos, and you’ve found the party. Heidi and I were excited about this new opportunity and felt that it was an answer to our prayers. God had opened up doors of relationship and influence with the neighbors around our new home. 

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Living Like We Really Believe God Is Enough

Living Like We Really Believe God Is Enough

The only way for us to walk through this temporal life with hope that endures is to find our fullest joy and satisfaction in God Himself. If our relationship with God is not our highest treasure, then our faith will not endure all the unforeseen troubles that lie in our path. This is the key lesson from Psalm 16.

Four Indications That You Believe the Lord Is Enough…

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Life—It’s Value, Virtue, and Vulnerability

Human life is profound, precious, and priceless. Life itself is miraculous, marvelous, and mysterious. Consequently, humans are infinitely valuable yet inherently vulnerable.

Humans were designed and created as the crowning achievement of all creation to proclaim the glory and grandeur of the Almighty as well as to intimately relate with him. Crafted from the very nature and identity of God, humans are endowed with remarkable capabilities, fabulous attributes and amazing potentials. Indeed, human beings are the most important creatures in the entire universe.

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Cares and Consolations

Cares and Consolations

What cares and concerns burden you today? What challenges are you facing? Does God seem relevant to them? Do you experience his presence and help in the press of life’s challenges? What happens when anxieties grow within you?

Yesterday, in my Scripture reading, I came to Psalm 94, which contains one of my favorite verses:

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (v. 19)

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Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Over the summer, I plan on writing my devotionals, on a bi-weekly basis, so I am still here.

My parents were caretakers for a group of cottages on three secluded lakes in Northern Ontario. It is an area of 2500 acres with only 7 cottages, plus our family “sugar shack”, where we made maple syrup. It is pristine and still remains this way. I grew up on these lakes and miss being so far away.

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The Flammable Tongue of a Critical Spirit

The Flammable Tongue of a Critical Spirit

On September 2, 1666, a small fire broke out in the shop of a London baker in the dead of night. Just days later, 13,200 homes were completely gone. What shocked everyone most was the tremendous speed at which the fire spread. How potent then when James compares our tongues to a flame, describing the deadly potential we wield in our very mouths: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness…It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God” (James 3:5-9)…

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Nobody Get’s Me: Today’s Lost Generation

Nobody Get’s Me: Today’s Lost Generation

“We are still toiling up the hill; we have not yet reached the crest-line of it; we cannot survey the landscape or even imagine what its condition will be when that longed-for morning comes.”1– Winston Churchill

It has been called “the beginning of a ‘little ice age.’”2 Are you one of those people who is done with Zoom,© bored by Netflix,© and empathizes with mask ignoring 20-somethings—someone who just cannot take it anymore? COVID-19 has taken a toll on us all. The refrain, “back to normal,” is con- stant, but what is normal, anyway?

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