The Cross Is a Shared Victory

Participating in Christ’s Death and Resurrection The cross of Christ was more than a victory for Christ alone. It was a shared victory. It was a triumph in which we, too, can participate. Because Jesus defeate...

God Watches the Way You Work

A Weighty Decision It is our heavenly Father who provides food for birds and clothing for flowers. We, who are more valuable to him, are therefore to trust him for the necessities of life. Anxiety and fear ...

Pastor: Your Ministry Is a Mercy

Only by His Grace Paul’s deeply rooted understanding that his calling was a totally undeserved expression of God’s great mercy to him was itself one of the core convictions that kept him faithful to the end. H...

Pastor, Don’t Quit—Learn to Lament

When Ministry Wears You Out Years ago, I remember hearing a seasoned pastor say, “Ministry would be a cake-walk if it wasn’t for people.” His tongue-in-cheek statement revealed what people know: pastoral minis...

The Need for a Grace Orientation

Many people come to Christ today with a magical view of God. They realize that the Christian God is most able to meet their needs, and they accept him as their God. They pray the sinner’s prayer; but that is mo...