Lord of His Life

Jesus didn’t just walk away from toxic people; he was also willing to walk away for purposes of ministry effectiveness and strategy. He never allowed the desire of others to dictate who he spent his time with....

5 Myths about the Armor of God

Myth #1: Life is a picnic. Even though all the evidence is to the contrary, we often seem to believe that life here on earth is—or at least ought to be—easy. In reality, however, life is hard—often very, very ...

Road to Grace

I was sitting on the plane next to my wife, Debbie, when I felt a peculiar churning in my stomach. Just that growing, nagging sense that something wasn’t right. I broke the silence and told Debbie, “You know...

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...