Earlier this summer, our family made a pilgrimage to the ultimate summer vacation destination, Disneyland. As we navigated the crowds, I noticed a common trait among our fellow mouse-eared tourists. With the exception of a few overstimulated toddlers and stressed-out parents, everyone around us was smiling and laughing. The strangers...
Where Does God Want Me to Work (David Mathis, Desiring God)
First, we recognize, contrary to the suspicions that may linger in our unbelief, God is the happy God (1 Timothy 1:11), not a cosmic killjoy. In his Son, by his Spirit, he wants to shape and form our hearts to desire the work to which he’s calling us and, in some good sense, in this fallen world, actually enjoy the work.
Time to Cut the Emotional Umbilical Cord (Scott Sauls, For the Church)
God have mercy on us if we consider any possession—whether it be wealth, fame, recognition, romance, career, or any other thing—to be so precious that we would prefer it over Him. And we need this mercy, because we do keep looking for our worth in people, places, and things that will ultimately not breathe life into us, but take life from us.
The Man Who Sings the Bible with Slugs and Bugs (Kelly Keller, The Gospel Coalition)
The joyful, carefree, utterly dependent nature of a child is, I believe, at the core of what Jesus is talking about in Luke 18:16–17. Humor that comes from that childlike place will appeal to adults as well as children, since it appeals to the core of our identity in Christ.
Reconciled by the Work of Substitution (John MacArthur, Grace to You)
To put it in personal terms, God treated Christ on the cross as if He had lived my life, so God could treat me as if I had lived Christ’s life. That’s the beautiful glory of the gospel. God sees us covered with the righteousness of His Son.
The Best Worst Day Ever (Elyse Fitzpatrick, Gospel Centered Discipleship)
As much as his disciples had believed that Jesus was the Christ, they had missed this message entirely. And so do we. We miss the message when we try to turn the Bible into morality tales that tell us how to have our best lives now.
What Happens When You Pray (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
On the cross, Jesus accomplished all that is needed for your salvation. In heaven, he applies all that he accomplished on the cross to all who believe in him. And he does this by presenting you to the Father as his own! He brings you before the Father, and the Father sees you in him.