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Why Do We Struggle to Rest?

Rest is necessary and important physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We know that’s true. We know we need rest. Yet, we continue to resist it. Why? The fourth commandment directs us to observe the Sabbath, to rest one day a week. The nation of Israel regularly got themselves into trouble because […]
waiting on God

What to Do While You’re Waiting on God

My five-year-old granddaughter asked me how long it would be before her family moved into their new house. Since six weeks is hard for a five-year-old to grasp, I took her to a wall calendar and showed her how long until moving day. Now, each day, as she marks off calendar […]
Key Connections

Key Connections (August 30, 2017)

From the Flooded Grounds of Houston (J. A. Medders, The Gospel Coalition) When I hear more rain on my back patio, my heart aches. Our city is sinking. I shake my head in disbelief as rain and sirens blare around us. As I tell my kids to wear their helmets during […]
Fear Man

The Fear of Man Will Crush You

Earlier this year, my right thumb started hurting. I can’t remember any fall or trauma that caused the problem, but I winced every time I had to grip or press with my thumb. Shaking hands became especially painful. One evening, I was hosting an honor society induction at my college. […]

When God Asks Hard Things of You

On Saturday morning in the quiet of our family room, I flipped to a familiar story in the Bible. With coffee in hand, I opened Hosea. Rather, Hosea opened me. Hosea’s Difficult Story When God spoke to Hosea, what he said was unimaginable: “Go, take to yourself a wife of […]

Bible Q&A: Did Jesus Fall into Temptation?

Question: How can you say Jesus wasn’t drawn to sin? Hebrew 2:18 says, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Answer: We’ve received a number of questions about this. One reason for this is that we can only draw upon our own experience […]