You probably learned and heard in Sunday school what the most important commandments are, or maybe in the midst of a fight with a sibling your mother was quick to remind you of this often-quoted command: And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your…

I want to speak to Christians who feel defeated. I want you to hear this promise: By his power, and through Jesus Christ, God’s promise to you in the Gospel is that you should escape the corruption caused by evil desires. Sin shall no longer be your master. You will not escape the battle with evil desires. But if you are in Christ, you have escaped their power over you. Stop telling yourself you are in chains when God has set you free. I thank God for this promise. A gospel that offers forgiveness but not power isn’t big enough…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on knowing God’s voice, and another on some misconceptions of Christian growth. Mistaking the Voice of Man for the Voice of God (Brad Klassen, The Master’s Seminary) The fact that others around us can be victimized by our inaccurate interpretation should compel us to pursue accurate interpretation at all costs. 3 Misconceptions about Christian Growth (Thabiti Anyabwile, Crossway) We emphasize the number of times we completed “quiet times” this week, the number of times we passed Christian literature to others, or how often we shared…

In my last post, I said that God’s grace will either make you angry or it will lead you to worship and to prayer. Focusing on those who become angry, I talked about Jonah and Romans 9.  Now, Christians disagree on how we should understand these things, and if you find yourself saying “I don’t see what Colin sees in the Bible,” we can agree to differ. That’s ok. Your eternal future does not hang on this.  So, then, why am I writing about it? Because I think a great deal of your joy in worship does hang on this. Let God’s grace lead you, not into anger, but…

God’s grace will either make you angry or it will make you worship.  When you feel that you can offer an explanation for your sins, you undermine your own repentance. And the tragedy is that when a man undermines his own repentance, it won’t be long before he is angry with God: “It’s all God’s fault. God made me like this. God put me in this position.”  Explaining sin is big business in America, and the tragedy is that it leads many into the dead-end of long-term anger with God. If you’ve been encouraged in some way to explain away your sin, this…

Witness new parents and, despite the unnerving sleeplessness of those early days, you will likely see aweing smiles and hear expressions of joy and every good intention possible for their new addition. While little can prepare a new parent for the round-the-clock needs of a new baby, nothing can prepare a new parent for the overflowing love. Scripture does not chide parents for their brimming desire to give good gifts to their children—rather, it assumed that God’s design is for parents to have full, generous hearts. Proverbs highlights what children might anticipate from godly parents: Hear, my son, your father’s…

Today, I want to offer a look into the life of Hagar. She was the female Egyptian servant to Abraham and Sarah. And her story may speak into your life today. As we’ll see, Hagar was emotionally abandoned, and spiritually wounded, but she was also deeply loved. Emotionally Abandoned Hagar was never first in anyone’s life. No one was close enough to Hagar to know who she really was and what she really felt. There was no one she could count on—not even the father of the child she was carrying.   First, Pharaoh gave her up in giving her to…

Recently, I have been captivated by 1 Peter 1:14-16: As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’ (see also Leviticus 11:44).  The Bible, as clear as day, calls us to be holy, imitating Christ. At first glance, I might think: Okay, I can strive to be moral, ethical, and generally good. I can do my best at that.   But the more I’ve read about holiness the more in…