January 15, 2020
0
0
0

This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

READ MORE
January 14, 2020
0
0
0
I bought a new journal this week because my old one had filled up, and I had more time this morning than usual to linger with God before heading into the day. So I pour myself a cup of coffee, sit down on the couch, and pull out the journal. I...
READ MORE
January 13, 2020
0
0
0
But there’s something deeper that calls to me, something richer I have tasted which compels me to let go of the life I keep rebuilding in order to learn how to love.
 
I want God.
 
Can you name a...
READ MORE
January 12, 2020
0
0
0
Think of consecration as “aligning” and “enforcing”—aligning yourself, or the subject in question, with Jesus and all the laws of his kingdom, then enforcing his rule and those laws over the matter in question. The first steps, which...
READ MORE
January 11, 2020
0
0
0

This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

READ MORE
January 10, 2020
0
0
0

When my boys were teenagers, we badgered them into cleaning the windows one day. Come dinnertime, our family seated round the table, the brothers began—as all brothers do—to give each other grief about the day’s work. Sam and Luke had each taken...

READ MORE
January 09, 2020
0
0
0

Henri Nouwen once asked Mother Teresa for spiritual direction. Spend one hour each day in adoration of your Lord, she said, and never do anything you know is wrong. Follow this, and you’ll be fine. Such simple yet profound advice. Worship is the...

READ MORE
January 08, 2020
0
0
0

Every man wants a battle to fight. It's the whole thing with boys and weapons. And look at the movies men love—Braveheart, Gladiator, Top Gun, High Noon, Saving Private Ryan. Men are made for battle. (And ladies, don't you love the...

READ MORE
January 06, 2020
0
0
0

If you wanted to learn how to heal the blind and you thought that following Christ around and watching how he did it would make things clear, you'd wind up pretty frustrated. He never does it the same way twice. He spits on one guy; for another,...

READ MORE
January 05, 2020
0
0
0
We want to be as clear as possible what we mean by an “agreement.” 
 
Satan is a liar, “the father of lies” (John 8:44), so utterly convincing he deceived a glorious man and woman to betray God, whom they walked with every...
READ MORE
January 04, 2020
0
0
0

True transformation cannot be forced from the outside. It’s an inside-out process. Who of us has not received or created a list of ways to live, eat, exercise, respond, seek God, grow, and change—and how long did it last, if it worked at all?...

READ MORE
January 02, 2020
0
0
0
When our hopes are in their proper places, attached to the right things, not only do we flourish better as human beings, but we are rescued from a thousand heartbreaks. For not all hopes are created equal; there are casual hopes, precious hopes...
READ MORE
January 01, 2020
0
0
0

One of the strangest quirks of life here on this planet is the fact that the one face we hardly ever see is the one closest to us: our own. As we move about in the world every day, our face is always right before us and always just beyond us....

READ MORE
December 29, 2019
0
0
0
You do know what God is after in your own life, don’t you? Maybe that’s why we stay so busy—to avoid knowing, so we can avoid dealing with it.
 
And you do know that the “quick fix” doesn’t ever work. Simply...
READ MORE
December 28, 2019
0
0
0

Mary was frantic: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:2).

She saw a man, assumed he was the gardener, and asked him if he had taken the body. And then Jesus revealed himself to her...

READ MORE
December 26, 2019
0
0
0
When Jesus speaks of the Restoration, he does so in very tangible terms, pointing to the recovery of normal things like houses and lands:
 
“Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son...
READ MORE
December 25, 2019
0
0
0
There is of course a story to tell, a wild and redemptive story that has at its center the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For if it is anything at all, the Gospel of Christianity is an offer of restoration. God knows that the human race is in bad...
READ MORE
December 24, 2019
0
0
0

Jesus points to a field of wheat. Imagine trying to count the number of kernels in one acre. Immeasurable abundance. Turning our gaze to those luxuriant fields, he says, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to...

READ MORE
December 21, 2019
0
0
0

We grow during meaningful conversations with kindred spirits. But that's often hard to find in the midst of our non-stop days filled with never-ending to-do lists.

As this year comes to a close, we want to lift up several powerful podcast...

READ MORE
December 18, 2019
0
0
0

The whirlwind of the holiday season is upon us.

Now I love the holidays, I really do. There are just so many beautiful things about Christmas time. The decorations. The nativity. The incarnation. 

The thing is, life doesn’t pause to...

READ MORE

Pages

Popular Daily Readings