No Fruit, No Root…

“We tend to think of self-control as a strictly human enterprise, but Scripture describes self-control as a product of being connected to God. It’s something that grows when your life is rooted in divine reality. In fact, if it’s missing, your faith may be a ruse. No fruit, no root.” ~ Drew Dyck

That False Gospel…

“Oh, how we should hate the prosperity gospel and it’s promise of worldly wealth over and above Jesus! That false gospel insults God as second-rate, a useful steppingstone toward a better job or a bigger house. The prosperity gospel also robs us, taking our hearts away from the only joy we were created for – […]

God’s Family…

“Belonging to God’s family is not simply a matter of birth or ancestry as many Jews at the time believed. They claimed the name of God for themselves but often failed to display his character. The two, however, are inseparable. Those who are truly God’s children and bear his name, Jesus says, are those who […]

Upside Down…

“God seems to take pleasure in subverting the hierarchies of the world. In God’s economy, servants are the leaders, the meek inherit the earth, the poor are blessed, enemies are loved, the humble are exalted, the foolish things shame the wise, those who seek their lives lose them, and those who finish last hoist the […]

Woke Minds Lament Sin…

“Woke minds require sober thinking, and sober thinking leads us to lament sin’s devastation. The concept of lament is not popular. We’re not comfortable with it. We like to rush quickly to our praises and hallelujahs. But God’s Word encourages and allows us to take time to grieve.” ~ Eric Mason

Not A Playful Word..

“Today ‘sin’ is a playful word, associated with decadent desserts and lingerie ads. We see the word ‘sin’ and imagine someone sampling a menu of forbidden delights. Don’t be thrown by that connotation. Instead, think of being pistol-whipped by increasingly destructive patterns of behavior, ones that ultimately lead to your demise. That’s what the Bible […]

What Matters Most…

“What matters most to God is not which sins we’ve committed or not committed, or how we stack up in comparison with other sinners. What matters most to God is whether we’ve bonded by faith with His only Son. In other words, God’s final category for you is not your goodness versus your badness, but […]

Beautiful Holiness…

“Real holiness is not dull, drab, boring, or negative. Those are marks of man-made religiosity. The real holiness Christ creates is beautiful. And the holiness He gives will redeem every dirty thing we have ever done to ourselves or suffered from others.” ~ Ray Ortlund

The Dirty Bride…

When men look for a bride, they often look for a beauty queen. But Christ chose the dirty one who needed His cleansing. The Son Of God crossed the tracks to the wrong side of town, where we all live, to find His bride. We brought into the relationship our messy backgrounds, our ongoing problems, […]

Selfish Creatures…

“Loving others doesn’t come naturally for us. We’re selfish creatures; we tend to put our needs and interests first. The needs of others? We’ll get to them…if there’s enough time. It takes discipline to resist this selfish impulse and serve others. It’s hardly a natural thing to do.” ~ Drew Dyck

More Than Good Vibes…

“The gospel, this ‘good news’, is more than just good vibes. This message has specific content. It can and must be defined, and from the Bible alone. Every generation must pick up their Bibles and rediscover the gospel afresh for themselves and rearticulate the ancient message in their own words for their own times.” ~ […]

Savior or Sinner?

“Over time, our status—in our churches and in our heads—can grow to an unhealthy level. It may also cause us to believe the key to successful ministry is always having the right answers and advancing our knowledge and skills so that everyone who seeks our help can receive it. This need to maintain our position […]

Let’s Not Assume…

“Let’s not automatically assume that our churches are faithful to the gospel. Let’s examine whether they really are. After all, ‘Every institution tends to produce its opposite.’ A church with the truth of the gospel in its theology can produce the opposite of the gospel in its practice.” ~ Ray Ortlund

Proactive Self-Control…

“Social scientists define self-control as the ability to resist negative impulses. But when the Bible mentions self-control, it usually has something bigger in mind. Yes, it involves the ability to resist doing something you shouldn’t. But it also has a proactive element. It refers to the ability to do something you should.” ~ Drew Dyck