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Psalm 131: Cultivating Hope (Part 1)

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, wrote of his years imprisoned in the horrors of Auschwitz and Dachau, describing cold, fear, pain, vermin, starvation, and exhaustion, but said he survived because he never lost hope. He also wrote of what would happen when a prisoner did lose hope: he would refuse to get out of bed, refuse to dress or wash, turning a deaf ear to his friends’ pleading and his captors’ threatening. He would simply lie in his bed until he died, having surrendered all hope. Hope is absolutely crucial to Christians. When it weakens, the result is always the same: spiritual inertia. It’s imperative, therefore, to remember that we’re on a journey—still a long way from home—and […]

Psalm 127: Avoiding Worry

Unless the lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. These are perhaps the two causes of greatest concern in life: provision […]

Psalm 121: From Where Does My Help Come?

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The lord is your keeper; the lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. God keeps us in all places, all conditions, and all seasons. As Peter […]

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Renew Your Mind to Overcome Worry

Renewing Our Minds In Matthew 6, Jesus prescribes the remedy for anxiety. Having diagnosed the underlying problem of unbelief, Jesus proceeds to write a prescription for the worried mind. He fundamentally seeks to renew the disciples’ minds by grounding them in the truth about God and his relationship to them. We get anxious when we allow our minds to dwell on things that are not God-centered or Christ-exalting. We worry when our minds are divided between faith and unbelief, between today and tomorrow. Moving toward a mind settled upon truth requires two steps. Reassess Your Value System First, Jesus prescribes a reassessment. He asks, “Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6: 25). And […]

The Practical Atheism of Bad Worry

There is an important distinction we need to make when thinking about worry. Living without worry does not mean being reckless. There are matters that ought to concern us, things that deserve our immediate attention and action. Being carefree is not the same as being careless. We should, therefore, sometimes express intense care and concern for the advancement of the Lord’s work and the welfare of his people. There is such a thing as good worry and appropriate anxiety. We should be concerned about the welfare of our nation, the state of our own souls, the health of the church, the peril of the lost, the future of our children, and the care of our aged parents. The Christian is […]

Now In Stock: Help! I’m Addicted

We are pleased to announce that Help! I’m Addicted by Jim Berg is now in stock. Everybody knows somebody who is addicted to something. But maybe addiction is more personal for you. Maybe you once had real hopes and dreams, desires and possibilities. But then you became an addict, and what started out as fun or an attempt at relief from pain and shame grew into something bigger. Here Jim Berg shows that no matter how tangled your life has become, God offers you hope and help through his word and his people. Jim Berg, DMin in Biblical Counseling, teaches at BJU Seminary, is certified with the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC), serves as a council member of the Biblical […]

Loving Messy People: Speaking Correction

Genuine love requires speaking words of correction. But I’m afraid that one of the main reasons we’re so apprehensive about offering correction is because we’ve so rarely seen it connected to genuine love. Correction without love is cold, harsh, judgmental, and often cruel. We’ve all experienced this kind of correction before, and it hurts. Correction without love comes from seeing ourselves as somehow different from those we’re correcting. We stand with God in judgment of the pitiful sinner standing in front of us… Our correct place is not next to God looking down in judgment on sinners. We belong standing side by side with our fellow sinners before a perfectly righteous and overwhelmingly gracious God. As we stand side by […]

The Painful Path of a Prodigal: Kindling Affection

“I love you Dad.” The words spilled readily from my son’s lips, but a reply did not quickly flow from mine. His call was yet another attempt to manipulate us to get money he undoubtedly would use for drugs. My hesitancy was not because I questioned my love for him. Rather, it arose because at this moment I did not feel much affection for him. The constant lies. The continual efforts to manipulate us. The efforts to make us feel guilty so we would do as he asked. The threats of bad things that were sure to happen to him if we did not fork over the cash. These made our hearts weary of his calls. His glib expression of […]