Christian Living is Impossible

Impossible. Let that word sink in. Consider these words by Charles Stanley: The second truth that is clear from these verses is that what Jesus calls us to do is impossible. It’s not merely difficult. It’s not simply a struggle. It’s not just hard. It’s impossible! He...

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What is the difference between a lecture and preaching?

There is a vast difference between simply conveying information to people, which can be cold and ineffectual, and true preaching and witness. We have a long-standing friend who was once driving in the north of Scotland with our fellow countryman the late professor...

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Why is Christian Living so Hard?

I would suggest that Christian living is hard because we have never been taught to live the Christian life. We have been taught a lot about the Bible. We know a lot of Bible stories from the Bible. We could give you a lot of Bible facts. We could even throw in a few...

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Romans 8.28 and the tragic death of a son

The importance of context hit home for Laurie after the death of his son Christopher in July 2008. He says that Romans 8:28—“for those who love God, all things work together for good”—gets thrown around a lot in times of struggle, and it was no different during his...

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The Second Adam Comes to the Fight

We sometimes make an elementary mistake when reading the temptation narratives. We assume that their chief purpose is to teach us about our temptations and how we should resist them. True, our Lord’s example of resisting his temptations does help us to withstand our...

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The research on what makes people grow spiritually

There has been a good deal of research done in recent years into what transforms people’s lives. This is what researchers and students of the subject have found: No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word. Nothing can substitute for it....

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Name Above All Names

Jesus Christ has been given the name above all names.1 The names assigned him begin in Genesis and end in Revelation. Taken together they express the incomparable character of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Reflecting on them better prepares us to respond to the...

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Is Christian living easy or hard?

Is Christian living easy or hard? Is it easy or hard for you to live the Christian life? I have asked this question to thousands of Christians and consistently they will answer with resolve, “Hard!” Then, I show them this familiar verse: For my yoke is easy and my...

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Jesus’ yoke or rule keeping?

Ortberg suggests that we have replaced Jesus’ yoke with rule-keeping: A recent study by the Barna Group found that the number one challenge to helping people grow spiritually is that most people equate spiritual maturity with trying hard to follow the rules in the...

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How to Live the Christian Life

Jesus promised His yoke would be easy and His burden would be light. Many Christians, however, do not find it that way. They have found Christian living to be very, very hard. I am convinced they don’t really know how to live the Christian life. They have never been...

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Can we believe the gospels?

I have just released a Bible Study that goes along with the popular book, The Case for Christ. (Now a popular movie on at theatres now.) Here is an excerpt: “Tell me this,” I said with an edge of challenge in my voice, “is it really possible to be an intelligent,...

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A faith we can believe in

I have just released a Bible Study that goes along with the popular book, The Case for Christ. (Now a popular movie on at theatres now.) Here is an excerpt: Maybe you too have been basing your spiritual outlook on the evidence you’ve observed around you or gleaned...

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You anoint my head with oil

You’ve sat where Paul sat. I know you have. You were hotter than a two-dollar pistol on the trail to Spain or college or marriage or independence … but then came the layoff or the pregnancy or the sick parent. And you ended up in prison. So long, Spain. Hello, Rome....

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The Case for Christ Bible Study

I have just released a Bible Study that goes along with the popular book, The Case for Christ. (Now a popular movie on at theaters now.) Here is an excerpt: For much of my life I was a skeptic. In fact, I considered myself an atheist. To me, there was far too much...

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At the table with Jesus

At this point in the psalm, David’s mind seems to be lingering in the high country with the sheep. Having guided the flock through the valley to the alp lands for greener grass, he remembers the shepherd’s added responsibility. He must prepare the pasture. This is new...

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The Case for Christ

I have just released a Bible Study that goes along with the popular book, The Case for Christ. (Now a popular movie on at theaters now.) This book is the unlikely story of an atheist turned-Christian-apologist. Lee Strobel has a degree in Law from Yale and is an...

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The Shepherd leads to the high country

Summer in ancient Palestine. A woolly bunch of bobbing heads follow the shepherd out of the gate. The morning sun has scarcely crested the horizon, and he is already leading his flock. Like every other day, he guides them through the gate and out into the fields. But...

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God is near and that changes everything

Oh, how God wants you to hear his music. He has a rhythm that will race your heart and lyrics that will stir your tears. You want to journey to the stars? He can take you there. You want to lie down in peace? His music can soothe your soul. But first, he’s got to get...

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Hope in a hopeless world

It’s a jungle out there. And for some, even for many, hope is in short supply. Hopelessness is an odd bag. Unlike the others, it isn’t full. It is empty, and its emptiness creates the burden. Unzip the top and examine all the pockets. Turn it upside down and shake it...

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Worried?

Your ten-year-old is worried. So anxious he can’t eat. So worried he can’t sleep. “What’s wrong?” you inquire. He shakes his head and moans, “I don’t even have a pension plan.” Or your four-year-old is crying in bed. “What’s wrong, sweetheart?” She whimpers, “I’ll...

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I will give you rest

I’ll give you the consequences of the burden; you guess the cause. It afflicts 70 million Americans and is faulted for 38,000 deaths each year. The condition annually costs the U.S. $70 billion worth of productivity. Teenagers suffer from it. Studies show that 64...

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The Lord is my shepherd and I need a shepherd

Couldn’t David have thought of a better metaphor? Surely he could have. After all, he outran Saul and outgunned Goliath. Why didn’t he choose something other than sheep? How about: “The Lord is my commander in chief, and I am his warrior.” There. We like that better....

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The prison of want

Come with me to the most populated prison in the world. The facility has more inmates than bunks. More prisoners than plates. More residents than resources. Come with me to the world’s most oppressive prison. Just ask the inmates; they will tell you. They are...

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The burden of a lesser deity

His pen has scarcely touched papyrus, and he’s urging us to avoid gods of our own making. With his very first words in this psalm, David sets out to deliver us from the burden of a lesser deity. One might argue that he seeks to do nothing else. For though he will...

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What does it mean (spiritually speaking) to travel light?

What does it mean (spiritually speaking) to travel light? Do more beloved words exist? Framed and hung in hospital halls, scratched on prison walls, quoted by the young, and whispered by the dying. In these lines sailors have found a harbor, the frightened have found...

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Traveling Light — Psalm 23

Traveling Light -- Psalm 23  I’ve never been one to travel light. I’ve tried. Believe me, I’ve tried. But ever since I stuck three fingers in the air and took the Boy Scout pledge to be prepared, I’ve been determined to be exactly that—prepared. Prepared for a bar...

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Destroying Discouragement

First Response: Cry out to God. “Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked...

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Dealing with Doubt

Confront your doubts head-on, as Thomas did. But you’ll want to handle them carefully. Let’s discover how you can disarm them. Admit Your Doubts Personally Has this ever happened to you? Sliding into a pew, late for church, you feel tired, edgy, and possibly coming...

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Resisting Your Resentment

3. Work It Out A couple managed to stay married for fifty years. At the anniversary party, someone asked for their secret. The husband said, “We made a simple agreement when we were married. Whenever she was bothered about something, she should go ahead, tell me off,...

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Attacking Your Anger

Grace isn’t the natural way to behave; it’s the supernatural way. The world should be able to expect Christians to do something beyond the natural thing. To be able to take all the wrong and evil and persecution the world can dish out, and to meet it with a double...

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Facing Your Giants

Which giant is giving you grief? Perhaps Fear has your number. Maybe Loneliness has locked you out. Whatever giant may be bullying you, the message of this book is that God is the greatest Giant of all. He goes before you like a consuming fire. It’s clear from the...

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Liberation from Loneliness

God also wants you to reach out to make the cord stronger. Yes, I’ve charged the lonely with taking the initiative. But I think each of us also has the responsibility to look out for the stray sheep. Just as Jesus spoke of leaving the ninety-nine to seek out the lone...

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Postponing Your Procrastination

Spurgeon was once preaching on eternal life, and he caught the eye of a godly woman sitting near the front. She had been in his church many years, and Spurgeon knew her faith was strong. There was some special gleam in her eye today; Spurgeon couldn’t be certain what...

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Facing Your Failure

We’ve established that failure is a real-world inevitability, and that we have reasons for failures—reasons that actually look to our long-term benefit. But we need a little bit more than these reassurances when we’re standing in the rubble of shattered dreams—when...

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How to conquer fear

Yes, you can confront your fears by drawing near to God. Think back to those spies who entered Canaan. Up to now, we haven’t mentioned that there were two dissenters in the group. They went on the same trip, saw the same walled cities and the same giants, and they...

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