Unshakable Joy in the Pit of Despair, Joy, Peace, Psalm 4, reformed

Unshakable Joy in the Pit of Despair

You have put more joy in my heart then they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. -Psalm 4:7-8 I went to church camp every summer during high school. The five days at camp would be filled with prayer, devotions, sermons, and other “cabin discussions” about … Continue reading Unshakable Joy in the Pit of Despair

Ephesians 5:25-2 time, the days are evil

Walk in Wisdom for the Days are Evil

Ephesians 5:15-16, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Paul begins Ephesians 4 with an appeal to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” He spends much of the rest to the letter teaching what this looks like. Those who have … Continue reading Walk in Wisdom for the Days are Evil

how should I approach God? Revelation 1, reformed, gospel

Fear or Boldness: How Should We Approach God?

There are certain moments that seem to capture the essence of fatherhood, and these memories are the ones I’m sure I’ll cherish long after my children are grown. One such moment is when daddy comes home after work. As I walk through the door, the first thing I see is a table surrounded by hungry children. Their faces turn and immediately brighten upon seeing me. … Continue reading Fear or Boldness: How Should We Approach God?

Memorize Scripture, Psalm 1

Memorize Psalm 1 With Me

The warm weather, the smell of BBQ, and smiling teachers tell me one thing: summer is here! Amidst all the summer activities, who would be willing to do a summer Scripture memory challenge? I know memorizing Scripture can be difficult, but, like any other discipline, we must strive to be diligent. The value of storing God’s Word in our hearts and mind is immeasurable. As … Continue reading Memorize Psalm 1 With Me

The Lord's Pruning, Sanctification, John 15

Pruned by the Master Gardener

The cold grasp of winter is losing its grip and being overpowered by the warm embrace of spring. My yard has transformed from brown to green, and the eery stillness has morphed into buzzing insects and the smell of freshly-cut grass. Evenings spent near the fireplace have become sunny outings in the garden planting veggies and pulling weeds. Spring is a favorite time of year … Continue reading Pruned by the Master Gardener

Church Discipline, personal story, 9 marks, confronting sin, loving the sinner

What Might Church Discipline Look Like? A Personal Testimony

In a previous post, we looked at the need for the church to engage in church discipline. The Biblical teaching is clear, yet because many churches have abandoned the process, many are unsure of what church discipline really looks like. I thought I would share a personal story that will, hopefully, provide a picture of church discipline and the desired goal. I was 22 when … Continue reading What Might Church Discipline Look Like? A Personal Testimony

Church Discipline, Loving neighbor, fighting sin, community, 9 marks of a healthy church

Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

Satan is crafty and sin is deceptive. The book of Proverbs teaches that “there is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way to death” (14:12, 16:25). Like putting makeup on a pig, sin disguises itself so we don’t see its true nature. It slowly lures us to its desired end while making sure the dark path looks clean and … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God (Romans 8:14). What comes to mind when someone says they are Spirit-led? Your answer will likely depend on your experience and what you’ve been taught. For some, it will conjure up images of some highly emotional experience. Others might imagine a quiet prayer warrior or someone with a servant’s … Continue reading 7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life