What If My Worst Fears Come True?

What does it mean that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” so much so that “we will not fear” (Psalm 46:1–2)? More poignantly, what do you believe it means? That’s where the rubber of your faith meets the road of your real life. Crises of faith occur where the rubber of…

Saved from a Sinking Distraction

When Peter saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me”(Matthew 14:30, ESV). Picture the scene. A raging storm, giant waves crashing against a first-century fishing boat, and the disciples on the Sea of Galilee. Imagine their terror-filled eyes as water poured over the sides, negating their efforts to bail. Then God…

Pray Them Home: Prayers for Prodigal Children

I once was that prodigal child — lost, angry, and struggling to find my identity. Hardened on the outside, but deeply hurting within. The pain of my choices was not only destroying me, but creating heartache within our family and severing my relationships with the people who loved me most. By God’s grace, my parents did…

Kids Hear More Than Your Words

If you are a member of Christ’s body, you are called to help other people grow in godliness: “You were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13) “Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you…

Detox Your Soul

When times become difficult or chaotic, it’s easy to lose focus. Like the disciples tossed to and fro by waves in the middle of the sea (Matthew 14:24), we often fear disaster. We quickly question the trajectory of the ship, forget to row, cry out in fear instead of faith, and fail to look to…

The Place for Pursuing Wisdom

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7b, ESV). God speaks to us through all He has created and all He has written. Psalm 19:7 is a prompt to consider the faithfulness of Scripture in moving us from ignorance to wisdom. The word testimony depicts God as witnessing to Himself. While we can learn from…

Sufficient for You

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV). When we study Scripture, we don’t want to get buried in the details…

My Prayer for Next Year

What dreams do you have for the new year? What do you wish would be different about you, your marriage, your family, your job, or your ministry? Some of us may have been thinking about this since late last January when our shiny new resolutions had already grown stale and started to mold. Why do…