The Lord is pleased not by those who treat him as a needy watering trough, but as an inexhaustible, all-satisfying spring.
The love of money often lives where others least suspect, like in the hearts of Pharisees, miracle workers, and those who seem most moral.
With God the honeymoon never ends. He is infinite in power and wisdom and creativity so that there will be no boredom for the next trillion ages of millenniums.
God’s anger must be released by a stiff safety lock, but his mercy has a hair trigger. He is infinitely energetic with unbounded and unending enthusiasm to do us good.
Paul speaks of wrestling in prayer, and many of us use his phrase. But what might our prayer lives actually feel like if we wrestled like the apostle?
God did not spare his own Son, because it was the only way he could spare us and still be a just and holy God.
Not only are spiritual gifts a work of God’s free grace in our lives, but so also is the very faith with which we use those gifts.
In order to live the radical lives Christ calls us to live, we must embrace him as the only one who can truly satisfy our souls.
Our hearts exploit our minds to justify what our hearts want. Our deepest desires incline our minds to perceive and think in a way that will make our desires look right.
“Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them,” Paul writes. But what can a wife do if she finds herself with a harsh man?
If we recognize our sin, fight it, and cling to the cross of Christ as our hope, then God will hear us and answer our prayers.
How does God bring us from the grace of new birth to the glory of heaven? Pastor John explains eight essentials for Christian living from 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.