When Home Isn’t Safe

For many of us, home comes in various shades and lights. Home may be a simple farm in an open field, or an urban city block where kids play handball. Whether or not your home was in the field or the city, home should be a place of joy and rest. Sadly however, this is … More When Home Isn’t Safe

The Family of God

Jesus says many unexpected things throughout His earthly ministry. Without a doubt, if you've read through any of the four Gospels you've come across something Jesus said which has left you scratching your head; Matthew 12:46-50 is one such section. Jesus had been speaking to the crowds, teaching them about the Holy Spirit, Himself, and … More The Family of God

Spiritual Resilience

When I think about reading the Bible I often liken it to walking through a forest, full of varying trees and leaves. As you stroll through the wood you can enjoy both the particularities and as well as the wider views. Matthew 15:21-39 can best be enjoyed from a wide-eyed view because these three scenes … More Spiritual Resilience

Amen and Amen

Have you ever felt as if God was far off, and your life as a Christian seemed pointless? For some of us, there may be points in our lives where we believe that our present situations are too far gone for God to repair, to save, or even redeem. Here we see most clearly what … More Amen and Amen

Times of Testing

There are only a few certainties in this life. Those often highlighted are death and taxes. But if we look at Scripture seriously, and even our own experiences, we know that another certainty must be added to our former list: temptation. The Lord Jesus knows that the life of His disciples will not be easy … More Times of Testing

Forgiven to Forgive

One of my favorite computer functions is the "undo" function. Whenever I'm in the middle of typing an email, or even an article like this, each time I make a mistake I'm grateful for the power of the "undo" function. The function has saved me countless hours of correcting mistakes. I can't imagine the headache … More Forgiven to Forgive

Our Neediness as a Gift

The people of Jesus' day were very familiar with the Old Testament. They knew about God’s miraculous acts for Israel while they wandered in the wilderness under Moses. During that 40-year period, God provided heavenly manna daily for His people. God strengthened them, and fed them from His hand every single day throughout their unexpected … More Our Neediness as a Gift

Your Will Be Done

Jesus, in His third petition of the Lord's prayer, teaches us to pray to God saying, "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10). But what exactly does it mean to pray this? And why is Jesus having us pray in this way? As we look through the Scriptures, we … More Your Will Be Done