An Open Letter to the Student at the Start of a New Semester

Dear Student, Did you ever take back-to-school pictures? When I was a kid, my mom loved taking these pictures. Every year, on the first day of school, she’d capture a picture of me in my new clothes, with my new school supplies, looking a little giddy, a little nervous, but eager and ready to go.... Continue Reading →

New Series: Dealing with Difficult Problems

Difficult Problems... We all have them. We all have many questions about them. In this series that begins on Wednesday, October 24th we will seek to answer these hard questions in a biblically faithful way. God has spoken clearly on many of the things that we face in our lives as believers in his word.... Continue Reading →

Young Christian: Give the Lord a Lot to Work With

The teens and twenties—these are years that can be put to very good use or that can be squandered. These are years that can form the firm foundation of a life well-lived or the unsteady foundation of a life tragically wasted. In this brief article I’d like to speak to teens and young adults to... Continue Reading →

Don’t Be Too Nice

Sometimes, people (like me) are too concerned with being nice. Don't get me wrong — nice is good. But there are times when it can become a problem, namely, when it makes us soft about sin. Sin, the vicious rebellion we rage against God, does not merit sympathy and softness. And that's where it gets us... Continue Reading →

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets

“How can I participate right away in the church?” That was a wonderful question to hear from a teenager who recently became a believer and joined our church. I don’t remember my exact answer, but I have since thought about that question, primarily as it relates to teenage believers at church meetings. Teenage believers, you can... Continue Reading →

When I am God by Tim Challies

Sin is inherently anti-God, inherently pro-self. Each time I sin I make a statement about myself and a statement about (and against) God. Each time I sin, I declare my own independence, my own desire to be rid of God; I declare that I can do better than God, that I can be a better... Continue Reading →

When God Feels Distant, He May Want Us to Grow Up

  Interview with John Piper  Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org Audio Transcript Is God distant because I messed up? Because I angered him? Because I made choices that made him mad at me? This line of questions is actually a surprisingly common email we get from people, especially when it feels like nothing in life is going... Continue Reading →

A Social Media Heart Check

Before social media, life seemed simpler, uncluttered. You knew what you alone were having for dinner, not twenty others. Hours in a day were more productive. Focused. No scroll-and-click distractions. No blog hopping. You hunkered down and worked — or played with your kids or read a good book — without thought as to what... Continue Reading →

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