Is Grace Enough for You?

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” — 2 Corinthians 12:8–9 Remember when Paul was having a bad day? He told us all about it in 2 Corinthians 12:7–10. God had given Paul a great vision of heaven, the kind that could make a person think he’s really something special, but God also made sure Paul didn’t get too arrogant. God gave him a “thorn in … [Read more...]

Sanctified Dissatisfaction

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” — Philippians 3:12 Are you satisfied? Good…and not good. The Apostle Paul was satisfied and discontent at the same time, and you should be too. Warren Wiersbe commented on Paul’s words from Philippians 3:12, saying, “Obviously, Paul was satisfied with Jesus Christ, but he was not satisfied with his Christian life. A … [Read more...]

THAT TIME AGAIN

“…making best use of the time” – Colossians 4:5 “I can’t believe it’s Christmas time again.” I say that phrase every year. We all do. Each year spring gives way to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, and before you know it you’ve made another trip around the sun. Time passes quickly, which is why the Apostle Paul reminded the Colossians to make the best use of it (4:5). So, what should we do with our time as it speeds by? Paul had an answer for that question. He said, “walk in … [Read more...]

The Country That Does Not Know Jesus

“Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:9–10 “The days of explosive church growth are over.” This quote came from a recent lecture by Dr. Jim Hamilton, the head of the Biblical Theology department at my seminary. He likened the people of today’s … [Read more...]

Follow. Reach. Teach.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37–39 “Go therefore and make disciples…” – Matthew 28:19 Follow God. Reach people. Teach others to do the same. I hope you are starting to realize that this idea is not going away. It can’t go away, not if we are going to stay focused on Christ’s mission for the church. The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37–39) tells us to … [Read more...]