Better Than a Birthday Gift

Better Than a Birthday Gift

We all like things that come to us for free. We don’t have to pay for it—like a birthday present. When you think about the word “grace,” think about a gift. It is God’s gift to the human race. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, or to put it more comprehensively, grace is the inexhaustible supply of God’s goodness giving to …

Here Comes Your Second Chance

Here Comes Your Second Chance

If you’re like me, you have areas of regret in your life—areas where you know that if you could go back and do it over again, you would. Such is the case of Moses. He made a miscalculation when he killed an Egyptian, and it came with a price tag because sin brings consequences. But the beautiful thing is that …

In Honor of Mothers

In Honor of Mothers

Happy Mothers Day to all the beautiful mothers we have the privilege of ministering to all year long. I trust that you will have the greatest day of your life. Thank you for all that you do for the next generation that you continue to influence. If it were not for great godly women and mothers who believed God, even …

He Ascended on High

He Ascended on High

Jesus’ ascension initiated the age of the Holy Spirit. And while it surely must have broken their hearts to lose one they loved so dearly, the presence of the Spirit would ultimately be better for the disciples and for us. How can this be? When Jesus was on earth, His actions were constrained by His humanity. Neither His deity nor His essence were …

Power Verses Authority

Power Verses Authority

In a football game, the players tower over the referees. The players are bigger, stronger and more powerful than the older, smaller and, often, out-of- shape referees. In a game, the players can use their power to knock you down, but the referees can use their authority to put you out of the game. Never confuse power with authority. Satan may be able …

In Him

In Him

I love cream in my coffee. I never drink my coffee black. Whenever I pour myself a cup of coffee, I always add the white cream and mix it together. At that point, a union has occurred. I once had black coffee and white cream, but now I have brown coffee. If I take the coffee with me into my office, the cream …

The Empty Tomb and Us Today

The Empty Tomb and Us Today

Not only does the empty tomb point to Jesus’ resurrection, the eyewitnesses do so as well. Verse 8 tells us that after the women encountered the angel who told them Jesus had risen, they “ran to tell His disciples.” The disciples would also see the resurrected Jesus, and they had no doubt whatsoever that He is alive. Need evidence? Look at their lives. …

Jesus Got Up

Jesus Got Up!

Joe Louis, arguably the best boxer of all time, had a spotless record of 27–0 going into his fight with the German Max Schmeling. This was in 1936, when Nazism was at its height, and Germany was the picture of evil. So, the fight between the American and the German took place at a sold-out Yankee Stadium. Everyone expected Louis to win. But …

The Moment Jesus Became Sin for Us

The Moment Jesus Became Sin for Us

The cross is more than something that tops a church steeple. It’s more than an ornament on a living room wall. It’s more than a golden icon decorating your neck. The cross is the most foundational, irreducible essence of our faith. Sinners don’t fully understand the cross; if they did, they would run to it. Saints don’t fully appreciate it; if they did, …

How to Respond to God's Love

How to Respond to God’s Love

A little girl was hugging her dolls and crying. Her mother knelt beside her and asked, “Honey, why are you crying?” The little girl sobbed her reply, “Mommy, I keep loving these dolls, and loving these dolls, and they just never love me back!” It brings tears to our Father’s eyes that He has paid the highest price possible to …