All This and Christ, Too

Romans 8:32 (ESV): “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” In his devotional Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon tells a short story of an old woman who had nothing but a bit of bread and water, but she lifted her hands in blessing and said, “What! All this, and Christ, too?” When we re-frame our circumstances in view of what God has done for us in Christ, everything changes. We have been given the very Son of God, and our hope is secure when it’s placed in the hands of a loving … [Read more...]

Gospel Hope for the Perfectionist

His shoulders were slumped in a way that I instantly recognized. Seeing him like this always gives me parallel feelings of frustration and compassion. Frustration, because this is a frequent struggle for him. I often selfishly wish he’d just “get it over with” and win this already. But I can also feel compassion, because he’s engaged in a conflict that I understand on a personal level. Perfectionism is a lifelong, ingrained, human-nature battle that I fight, too.   Need a perspective shift Perfectionism manifests itself in various concentrations from one … [Read more...]

Pride, Envy, and the Hope of the Gospel

When I walked down the aisle twelve years ago, my thoughts certainly weren’t about being on guard against the disastrous effects of pride in my marriage. Even with all the preparation we do up until we walk down the aisle, as brides or as newly-married women, we are far more focused on what love is than what it isn’t. We are thinking about everything that brings closeness, intimacy, and joy in our marriage... I was privileged to share recently about pride, envy, and the hope of the Gospel for marriage over at A Mighty Marriage. You can read the rest of the article … [Read more...]

Mothers Who Are More Than Conquerors

In her book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, Gloria Furman wrote, “Because of the Gospel – the news about what Jesus did to save sinners – mothers who make Christ their treasure can rejoice in their work as God works in them.”   We mothers have a weighty task that can threaten to overwhelm us. Some nights find us collapsing into bed with our heads full of our own failures. But in Isaiah, God gives us his assurance and comfort and promises of his might and power in the world around us and in our daily lives. “Go on up to a high mountain, … [Read more...]

All of Christ For All of Your Life

As the Gospel progressively changes us individually, it progressively changes the world. 1 Corinthians 15:22-27 says, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his … [Read more...]