Stop Being a Mouthpiece for Satan

The following is a guest post by David Lindell. David has become a friend through my connection at James River Assembly of God. I’ve preached there a couple of times and will be back next year. I’ve grown to appreciate the church and David’s leadership. He’s a young leader and has much to say— and you’ll…

The Sin in Our Cynicism

Cynicism is a problem. Maybe it’s not explicitly on your radar, but you’re sure to have felt its force. Cynicism is that sneering bitterness toward all things true and deep. It’s the subtle contempt trying to contaminate the cheeriest of moments — that slow, thick smoke of pessimism toxifying the oxygen in the lungs of…

Christian music sensation comes out of closet

A top Christian music star is creating shockwaves this week, not for proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God in her music, but for coming out of the closet to proclaim she’s a lesbian. “I’m gay,” says the 35-year-old Brit, who has soared to popularity in America’s Bible Belt. “What Jesus taught was a…

Thank You Jesus For Your Glory

Open up the Heavens Jesus, we want to see you! “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it. Isaiah 45:8 “The Lord will cause your enemies…

The Deepest Desire of the Christian Heart

Since I was 22 years old, all my Bible reading, all my journaling, all my counseling and writing and preaching and thinking, has circled back to this: “Hallowed be your name.” I have come back again and again to the prayer, the longing, the pursuit, that God would make his name supremely treasured as holy…

Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?

Jesus said to love our enemies. That is what he said, as Matthew recounts his words from the Sermon on the Mount: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’” (Matthew 5:43–44, emphasis added) And…

WATER FOR THE THIRSTY SOUL

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings…

True Grit

“The way is hard that leads to life.” (Matthew 7:14) “By your endurance you will gain your lives.” (Luke 21:19) We humans are always seeking to discover new keys to success. But nowadays we’re hearing more and more about something of a rediscovery. After much research, it turns out that across all ethnic, socio-economic, educational,…