Humility and Self-Pity

Augustine, speaking of godliness, said, “In that way the first part is humility; the second, humility; the third, humility” (Augustine, Letters, 118). He was not wrong. The Bible is chock full of commands and exhortations to be humble, for example, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:10). To be humble is to have […]

Marriage and Spiritual Warfare – Part 2

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth.” The call to stand firm is not a call to dig in your heels against your spouse and stand your ground. This is often the posture of a spouse who feels trapped in marital conflict. They think if the make a concession or admit a wrong […]

Marriage and Spiritual Warfare

Praying for a Grace Invasion

I often pray as I walk in the mornings. This morning as I was praying for needs in the body, I found myself praying, “Father, may Your grace invade their lives today.” I began thinking, what does an invasion of grace look like? We know that we were chosen by grace (Eph. 1:3-6; 2 Tim. […]

How Criticism Reveals the Heart

It is easy to be critical. I know. The reason I know is because I can easily be critical. But yesterday I was thinking about the things we criticize. Some things are worthy of criticism because they are evil, sinful, contrary to the Law of God and the good of humanity (1 Thess. 5:21). But […]

A SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS OF AND REMEDY FOR LUST OF THE EYES

I recently heard a reading of this essay by Reinhard Hütter, and I was able to find the original publication online. As a pastor, I have counseled many Christians who struggle with pornography, and I know that there are many more brothers and sisters who are in the same bondage. Hütter points us to, what […]