The last season of my life has been one of absolute gratefulness upon gratefulness. In the midst of dark times, I can say that the joy of Yahweh has truly been my strength, and Jesus' people have been my abounding encouragement. I am ever more aware and in awe of the never-ending goodness and startling … Continue reading Good
(The puppy here is saying "ah, lawless, of whom I am the worst.") Lawlessness. The whole thing fills me with rage at times. I certainly have experience with being lawless, and I ain't perfect, but for someone who has struggled with doubting the validity of the claims of Christ, lawlessness in the Church and lawlessness … Continue reading Throw off the Chains of Lawlessness, Teens
Hello! My cousin, Zach, posted a list on his blog titled 20 Psalms You Can Pray. While I personally think he should have titled it '20 Prayable Psalms,' I was still intrigued by this, and have decided to practice praying Psalms. (Too bad the 'P' in Psalms in silent, 'cause that could have just been triple … Continue reading Do you want to meditate on the Psalms for 21 days?
This is a guest post by my friend and cousin, Zachary Pierpont, who blogs over at zacharypierpont.wordpress.com, where this article was originally posted. You've probably considered memorizing before, and maybe you've tried, many times you've probably given up either because you lost patience, or you weren't interested in what you were memorizing. Maybe you wish … Continue reading 5×5: 5 Tips to Memorize a Verse (A Guest Post By Zachary Pierpont)
A lot of people consider prayer and Bible reading to be like the two big spiritual disciplines. And I think that idea makes sense. Reading your Bible is receiving Word from God, and prayer is talking to God. It's basic communication. So, today I'd like to do something different on this blog. I would like … Continue reading Discussion: Which has always been easier: prayer or Bible reading?
When things aren't going the way we want them to go, we have a tendency to talk to ourselves and think about how bad everything is going. Instead of listening to the lies that tumble around our minds in times of weakness, we should reach out to truths of Scripture to comfort us and teach … Continue reading 5×5: 5 Verses to Memorize and Preach to Yourself
Lots of people feel depressed these days. I am a very "rollercoaster emotions" kind of guy, and I've definitely had seasons of feeling blue. But I've also had seasons of joy. Here are five biblical cures for depression/sadness/bad feelings. #1: God's Word Of course, Scripture is at the very top of the list. It's totally … Continue reading 5×5: 5 Sources of Joy in God/How to Not Be Sad
For months, reading the Word was a drudgery. And often, it still is. I am in no way saying that there is a super secret power to always loving the Bible. But there were Scripture passages that helped me appreciate the Bible more. These Bible passages can help fix your motives for reading. Because, when … Continue reading 5×5: 5 Bible Passages to Read When You Don’t Want to Read the Bible
Awhile ago I wrote a post called "Count it All Joy: A Look at James 1." You can find that here. Today, I'd like to continue that little Bible study. Please open your Bible to James 2 and read along as I talk about each part. Partiality Here is a summer-upper of this paragraph on … Continue reading True Faith Shows Through Works: A Look at James 2
This Wednesday I want to share another passage from this book of 1 John. (Last week I shared 1 John 1:5-7, you can see that post here.) These verses talk about how we have a mediator/advocate with the Father. Because of this, all we need to do is confess our sin to Him! John goes … Continue reading Wednesday Word: 1 John 2:1-6