Friendship & Heaven

In this, Friendship exhibits a glorious “nearness by resemblance” to Heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of God. For every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. That, says an old author,… Read More ›

The Path to Joy in Our Work

Think much of the Savior’s suffering for you on that dreadful cross, think much of your sin that provoked such suffering, and then enter by faith into the love that took away your sin and guilt, and then give your work your best. Give it your heart out of gratitude for a tender, seeking, and… Read More ›

God hates idolatry.

The Christian life is like the Hunger Games; kill (sin) or be killed (by sin). In Colossians 3:5-11, Paul gives us what we need to know in order to kill our sin: 1) sin is idolatry; 2) God hates idolatry; and 3) I’m not my idolatry. In the last post, I explained how the fruit of my insomnia… Read More ›

Kill Your Sin.

On Sunday at Grace Alameda  I got to preach from Colossians 3:5-11, which Paul opens by saying, “Put to death what is earthly in you.” To follow Jesus, we have to kill our sin. As John Owen put it 500 years ago, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.”  In other words, the Christian life is… Read More ›

Get your Bible on.

Christmas is approaching, the New Year is nearly upon us, and I know what question is on your mind: what Bible reading plan will you use for the coming year? The Bible is the Word of God. We come to know God through his Word. As Christians, we want to know Him more. Regular Bible… Read More ›

Faith Is Trust

My 5 year-old son hates it when I give him a bath. He hates it when I give him a bath, because he hates getting his face wet. He hates it when I give him a bath, because I think he should grow up and be a man already. He’ll have to leave home someday,… Read More ›

Faith: know what’s true

What you believe determines what you do. Hiroo Onoda was a lieutenant in the Japanese Army, stationed on the island of Lumbang in the Philippines during World War II. He was an incredibly committed soldier, convinced his country would never lose the war. He was so committed, in fact, that after the war ended in… Read More ›

Jesus says you’re a slave

“Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). Jesus says you’re a slave. When God made us, he made us to be free. He made us to live in the freedom of his presence, the freedom of his joy and love. Living in that freedom meant doing what we were made for:… Read More ›