Think of the End to Motivate the Action

I believe in the value of Sunday evening services. But my belief in their value is not evenly distributed across the Lord’s Day. I believe in them a lot at 7:00 PM, just after the service has come to a conclusion. I believe in them far less at 4:30 PM when I have to pry my weary body off the couch, get in the car, and drive to church. I believe in evening services far more a half hour after …

How to Pray Like a Pastor

Of all that is unique about the Christian faith, this aspect stands apart: Its leaders are not called to their positions because of rare skill, raw talent, or overwhelming desire. They are not qualified by the charismatic personality, the ability to draw a crowd, or skilled rhetoric. Rather, Christian leaders are called and qualified by godly character. In passages like 1 Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3 we read what a man must be if he is to …

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5 Tips for Engaging with Scripture

This week the blog is sponsored by Crossway, who would like to introduce you to the ESV Scripture Journal. Reading and studying Scripture are pursuits that require the attention of both heart and mind. To love the Lord with all our strength, we must actively engage with Scripture—asking questions, learning contexts, making connections, and reflecting on personal applications of the text. Here are a few ideas on how to enrich your time in God’s Word: 1.Rewrite individual verses and passages …

There Is Nothing Trite About It!

Many years ago, long before blogs and social media and YouTube, Neil Postman asked this question: “How often does it occur that information provided you on morning radio or television, or in the morning newspaper, causes you to alter your plans for the day, or to take some action you would not otherwise have taken, or provides insight into some problem you are required to solve?” The weather report may compel you to grab your umbrella on the way out …

Why I Pray With an App – Three-Minute Thursdays #11

Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. I’m Tim Challies and here is my challenge over the next three minutes; to say something useful, hopefully, helpful about a subject that’s of interest to people like you. Today I want to talk about prayer. Specifically, I want to talk about why I pray every day using an app.   Transcript Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. I’m Tim Challies and here is my challenge over the next three …

Why God Delays in Answering Prayer

I was blessed to read this short article from Charles Spurgeon. He explains why God sometimes delays in answering prayer. Here goes… God often delays in answering prayer. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day—he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the …

The Art of Godliness, Episode 9: Personal Devotions

Welcome to another episode of The Art of Godliness podcast. In this podcast, Paul Martin and I do our utmost to provoke you obey God in leading a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This time around we are discussing the always-important and always-difficult subject of personal devotions. We hope you find it informative and helpful. Our thanks goes to Lexham Press for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about the Lexham Classics series at Lexhampress.com/classics. Show Notes …

So Who Was Praying?

I am utterly confident that prayer works, but am far less certain about how prayer works. God invites and commands us to come to him with our petitions, our requests. He promises that he hears them, that through the intercession of the Spirit he perfects them, and that it is his joy to answer them. He gives us the things we long for, though not always in the way we ask and often not in the time we ask. Still, …

The Power of a Praying Mother (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

For the past several months, I have been searching through the long and storied history of the church to find examples of Christian men who had godly moms. More specifically, I have been searching for notable Christian men whose most important spiritual influence was their mother. I have discovered many of them and have been deeply encouraged by their stories. In the first article, we examined the life of John Newton, whose mother proved that spiritual strength can exist even …

Letters to the Editor (Leonard Cohen, Cashless Giving, Prayer, Sinning Against Others)

It has been a few weeks since I last shared a collection of letters to the editor. But I’m making up for lost time today by posting quite a few. I hope you enjoy them! Comments on Seems So Long Ago, Nancy I read your recent flashback article, “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” with keen interest. Not because I know this song; in fact, I am not very familiar with much of Cohen’s music. I read with interest though because …