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Topic: Humility

Christian leader

When a Christian Leader Fails You

Leaders in the church aren’t exempt from sin. No one is. We don’t expect perfect people to lead our congregations, create our resources, and speak into our culture. But we do expect them to uphold the Bible’s authority. We do want them to remain faithful to Christ. So what are […]

God gives more grace

God Gives More Grace to Proud People

It was a day full of “feedback.” A lady approached me after the worship service and commented on my children’s behavior during the sermon. This was after a fellow teacher had disagreed with my plan to teach a weighty subject in Sunday School. I wanted to find a hole and […]

How Will You Read Your Bible Today?

Video Notes:  If you are wise in your own eyes, God will be little more than a question mark to you. You won’t feel much desire to pray. If you read your Bible, you will filter what God says through what you already believe. That is what the Pharisees did. […]

blessings

Seven Blessings for Empty-Handed Believers

Empty-handedness is where the blessing of God begins. People who feel they have something to offer God come to him with their hands full, but as long as our hands are full, we are not in a position to receive. As Thomas Watson says, “If the hand is full of pebbles, it […]

God's kingdom

Are You Seeking God’s Kingdom or Your Own?

Money, success, and self-actualization are driving motivators in our culture today. Millennials will stay at jobs roughly two years before looking elsewhere for personal satisfaction. That is not necessarily a bad thing. They view jobs where they can make an impact on the world as very important. The point is that they are looking […]

God will not be used

God Will Not Be Used

Most people know when they are being used. It’s obvious. A friend likes the perks of being around you because you can afford to pay. A family member emotionally manipulates you to get their way. A coworker sticks close because you do the better work. We dislike being used. It […]

How to Get Closer to God

How to Get Closer to God and Others

This year I’ve spent several Wednesdays dreading the evening’s small group. We have a group of amazing prayer partners—and that’s just the problem. Our group has come to expect the real, troubling prayer requests, not the easy ones about grandmothers’ colds and work travel. I get prayer request paralysis. It’s […]

meekness

10 Strategies for Cultivating Meekness

In the sermon “Blessed are the Meek,” Pastor Colin Smith defined meekness as, “The means by which God tames the sinful soul by taming the temper, subduing the assertive self, calming the passions, managing the impulses of the heart, and bringing order out of chaos in the soul.” He compared […]

Three Truths to Fight the Temptation to Glorify Self

One thing that I long for in my eternal dwelling with Christ is to be set free from the endless battles with my flesh. Oh to be free from the desire to please others, the subtle trap of idolizing things in this world, the attempts to take control of what […]

glory of God

Are You Seeking the Glory of God or the Glory of Man?

As I’ve watched the last several weeks of political debates, caucuses, and interviews, I’ve been struck by the number of presidential candidates who claim some form of faith in God, while talking and living in a way that seems far more about pursuing their own agenda than living under the […]

leaders

Avoiding a Romantic Affair with Weak Leaders

Lately, the church has lost some great servant-leaders that have finished life’s race, such as Jerry Bridges, Charles Ryrie, Gary Smalley, and Ted Ward. Each of these leaders contributed to great works, particularly gospel-focused endeavors. Many articles have been published giving thoughtful tribute to their ministry. One of the great […]

correction

I Stand (Theologically) Corrected

My face fell as my pastor-husband gave me his honest feedback. I had been working on an article for close to a week, about a theological topic that I felt very passionate about as well as confident in my ability to teach. He corrected various aspects of the article and […]

asking for help

Three Reasons Why Asking for Help Is Honoring to God

Asking for help is hard. My preferred route, in a time of struggle, is to bear down and pretend everything’s fine, isolate, throw myself a string of silent pity parties, and then finally fall apart to whoever is unfortunate enough to ask me how I’m doing. The accompanying thought process […]

What Does Your Frustration Say About You?

I’ve recently entered a new life stage – the stage of realizing how valuable my parents’ advice is. It wasn’t an easy road to get here, but I made it eventually. For my dad, this transition means he gets sought out every few months with a big life issue. (Unfortunately for […]

On Sunroofs and Self-Denial

Jesus did not demand his rights but willingly set his face to Calvary, for your sake and for mine. Oh, how I wish I would respond that way to life’s circumstances – especially the trivial ones that pale in comparison to such a weight of glory as bearing sin on […]

the gospel coalition

The Inevitable Misery of Living for Yourself

One of the barriers that holds many people back from knowing, being filled with, and being controlled by the love of Christ is the idea that true happiness can only be found if I am free to live for myself. Living for yourself is the default option for every person. […]

pride humility

Three Traits of a Prideful Person

The American airwaves are awash with crime drama television shows. No matter what night it is, you can flip through the channels on your TV and find either new crime dramas or reruns of old favorites. One crime drama show recently tried to capitalize on a relatively new area of […]

A.W. Tozer

Trust God in the Dark

The following excerpt by A.W. Tozer is a beautiful declaration of the infinite wisdom and providence of God, from his book The Knowledge of the Holy.  If you are struggling with the difficult circumstances of your life; if you are struggling with fear; if you are struggling to trust that Christ […]

prayer wisdom

Need Wisdom? Number Your Days

Friends, in order to gain the wisdom that we long for, we must pray. See, prayer is the fountain of wisdom. Wisdom is tightly tied to prayer in the Scriptures. Wisdom is asked for in prayer. Wisdom is often received during prayer. And wisdom is the result of prayer. We […]

purpose of the bible

The Purpose of the Bible and Our Proper Response

Imagine you are very highly respected in your field. People often come to you for insights and leadership and have for a very long time. You believe you are honoring God and truly helping people know and follow Him. Then one day, a new guy shows up on the scene […]

Three Weapons Against Anxiety

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 Paul uses three words to describe the way we’re to fight anxiety—prayer, petition, and thanksgiving. 1. Prayer That word “prayer”will cause some readers to lose interest, because […]