We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor. 4:16) God has an unmatched way of using seemingly insignificant moments to penetrate our hearts with truth. It could be a beautiful sunset that illumines the creative genius and power of God. … Continue reading Arthritic Hands and God’s Faithfulness
Ever since I was a boy, I've been drawn to the power of story. Whether it was a movie or book, a good story could easily set its hooks in me, not allowing me to move until it was finished. I don't think I'm unique in this because we Christians are a people of The … Continue reading The Master Carpenter
The life of Jephthah recorded in Judges 11-12 is nothing short of a tragedy. This man, whom the Bible calls a "mighty warrior," was asked by the elders of Gilead to rule over them and lead them against the Ammonites. Foolishly, Jephthah makes a vow to the Lord that if He will give Jephthah the … Continue reading A Misguided Dedication to the Lord
Over the course of 2013, it's my goal to read through John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion with this reading group. I haven't planned to write a full series, but I'm sure I will occasionally share some thoughts from this theological masterpiece. Today marks my first. "Because nothing appears within or around us that … Continue reading A Year in Calvin #1: Looking Beyond Ourselves
If I asked you to describe God, what would you say? Love? Eternal? Sovereign? Holy? Typically, people have a handful of God's attributes that come to mind when thinking of Him. They may be the traits that were emphasized when we were kids, or maybe they were truths that ministered to us during particularly difficult … Continue reading Is Your God Big Enough?