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The Plague of Lazy Pastors: Real Ministry Requires Hard Work

The apostle Paul thought and spoke of Christian ministry as labor. He abhorred laziness in the pastorate. Paul did not see the office of pastor as a nice fit for guys with soft hands who prefer an indoor job. Pastoral work, and good teaching in particular, is hard labor — […]


The Heart of Fasting

Hunger pangs gnawed at my nerves. My mentor had recommended fasting as a way to focus on God. But as the day wore on, I wondered: How did Jesus do this for forty days? I struggled to rely on the Holy Spirit for peace, strength, and patience. Especially patience. If […]


Our Hidden Help on High: From One Angel to Another

My beloved Toviel, The Almighty has seen fit to reassign you to the department of soul care. Praise be to God! You have been handed the unspeakable privilege to serve those who are to inherit eternal life (Hebrews 1:14). At present, the Master bids you to help a man who […]


Marvelously Unique

Human beings are not special—at least according to the London Zoo. In 2005, the zoo introduced a four-day exhibit: “Humans in Their Natural Environment.” The human “captives” were chosen through an online contest. To help visitors understand the humans, the zoo workers created a sign detailing their diet, habitat, and […]


Will Marriage Cure My Lust?

Sex in marriage, just like other physical gifts from God, is not an absolute cure for lust, but it can be a great help in the battle. Listen Now


Three Ways to Purify Your Thinking

If we are in Christ, God is remaking our minds. Once, we were “darkened in [our] understanding” (Ephesians 4:18). We may have been smart, even brilliant, but we shut the doors and windows of our minds against the knowledge of God. We preferred illusions over truth (Romans 1:18). We crafted […]


Divine Escape

Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocks features antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a single victim, they found it necessary to take more lives in order to cover up the original crime. When confronted by Poirot, one of the conspirators confessed, lamenting, “It […]


If We Could See Sunday from Heaven

Have you ever caught yourself looking past Sunday morning? Has the promise of the week ahead ever begun to eclipse the wonder of gathering with God’s people? You probably don’t despise church, but you might still quietly pine for the extra rest that afternoon and evening. You might long for […]