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’Tis Mercy All, Immense and Free
“Christ died for the ungodly.” — Romans 5:6Throughout human history, it has been expected that someone convicted of high treason against a king would suffer the consequences for their rebellion.When we apply this principle theologically, we begin to ...
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What If I Could Trust the Father the Way My Children Trust Me?
“Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” - Mark 4:41bGripping the WheelTo this day, it ranks as one of the very worst storms I’ve encountered. At the time, my family lived in Greenwood, Mississippi, about an hour north of my in-law’s home...
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But What Does God Think of You Right Now?
"And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." - Mark 1:11 Years ago, when D. James Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion was a popular tool for sharing the good news of Jesus, the first question the evangelis...
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Every Name Has a Story
"Hallowed be your name." - Matthew 6:9bWhen introduced to someone who has a unique name, you can't help but ask, "Where did you get your name?"What's the story?Sometimes, the story is funny. "My parents were watching this episode of Seinfeld…" Often,...
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Facing What's Under the Waterline
The English word iceberg is derived from the Dutch, ijsberg, which literally means ice mountain.Icebergs form when pieces of a glacier break off into the ocean to form frozen islands. Some are small, while others are enormous. Some are ...
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Surrendering to the King's Kindness: How the Gospel Defies What We Expect from Religion
For the past several decades, my family has spent two weeks every summer at my uncle's mountain cottage in Monteagle, TN. Totally for free. He won't even let me pay the cleaning fee. It's a kindness for which I am perpetually grateful....
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The Counterintuitive Power of Weakness
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9In contemporary Western society, we view weakness as an obstacle to overcome or a liability to avoid. Our flaws, struggles, and limitations are seen as de...
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The Prayer God Always Answers, "Yes!"
"Have mercy on me, O God." - Psalm 51:1There is one prayer that God always answers, “Yes!” It is a take it to the bank and cash it in request. But it's more than a request. If you have prayed this prayer, you know. It is a plea.David, th...
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Freedom from "the Pose"
"...not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith."- Philippians 3:9In 2001, Georgia Tech head coach, George O’Leary, left the Yell...
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Faith for the Fog
"How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?"— Psalm 13:1Dear believer,Sometimes God feels distant. But we know He's not. Remember, the Hebrew name Emmanuel means "God is with us." Not just back then b...
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The Renewing Grace of Stillness
“Be still and know that I am God.” - Psalm 146:10aDear believer,What was the first thing that ran through your mind as you woke this morning? For me, it was a list of things to do. Tasks to get done.Rather than stillness, most of our days call us to ...
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The Other-Worldly Nature of Mercy
"Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." -1 Peter 2:10bDear believer,You probably know that the ways of God's kingdom are counter to natural, fleshly, worldly ways. For example, Scripture tells us that the way to life is de...
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The Sovereign Source of True Peace
"6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians...
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Your Position Before God Rests Exclusively On...
"God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21Dear believer, Your acceptance by God as a forgiven, accepted, and dearly loved, adopted child rests solely, onl...
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How to Deal with a Spiritual Disconnect
"1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand." - Romans 5:1-2aDear believer,By the regenerating gra...
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