Father, help us to see You. We are spiritually blind without Your Spirit giving us eyes to see (Eph. 1:18), and we need to see You, first and foremost. If we can see You in all of Your glory, all of Your power, all of Your justice and all of Your grace, then we will know that You are at work in us, for us, around us and through us.
Today is my 40th birthday. As I sit here with my feet firmly planted in middle age, I find that I am joyful rather than fearful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a stoic. The other day I typed “my forties” for the first time and I felt sick to my stomach. But as I reflect on God’s goodness in my life and on what I have to look forward to in Christ, my soul is full and content, and I can’t wait for the future, gray hair and all. Here are 3 reasons.
Two months ago I was preaching a series on the gospel, and in one sermon I preached Romans 3:21-26, which includes this gold nugget, talking about Jesus: “…whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:25) Then just the other Sunday, I preached 1 John 2:1-6 as part of our verse-by-verse study through the book of 1 John, which includes this jewel, also talking about Jesus: “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
Pastors and wives, don't forget that there is one time the Bible commands you to get drunk: "...Be intoxicated always in her love." (Proverbs 5:19) God wants you to be drunk with love for your spouse. This is best for you, best for your spouse, best for your kids, best for your church, and it glorifies God. Pastors and wives face unique pressures and challenges due to our roles in the body of Christ. Here are three ways a pastor and wife can stay madly in love through all of the ups and downs of pastoral ministry.
At the beginning of 2019 I can think of no better resolution than to live for the fame of Jesus Christ more than ever this year. The Christian missionary Henry Martyn was surrounded by religious leaders once who were trying to convert him to Islam. One of the clerics blasphemed Jesus' name. Henry began to weep. They were surprised and asked him why he was crying. Martyn explained, "You have just blasphemed the name of my wonderful friend and Savior, Jesus Christ."