How to Stand Firm in Fiery Trials

Sometimes people have something bad happen in life and claim they’ve lost their faith because of it. Good. They need to get rid of that faith, because a faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. Real faith in a real God will not grow weaker through difficulty. It only will get stronger. That is the kind of faith we all need as Christians, because fiery trials will come our way. Trials produce something that easy . . . read more ›

When God Seems Absent

There are times in life when God seems absent, but He never is. God is always at work in the lives of believers, every hour of every day. In his excellent commentary on the Old Testament book of Esther, Charles Swindoll wrote, “Who of us has not longed for a word from God, searched for a glimpse of His power, or yearned for the reassurance of His presence? … Yet later, we realize how very present He was all along.” . . . read more ›

On the Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

Today we get to celebrate the news that one of our own, Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was sent out to preach the Good News, has finally been freed and is coming home with his family. Let’s thank God for a positive and peaceful conclusion to this story, and let’s pray for the entire Brunson family as they readjust to life in America after serving the church in Turkey for 23 years. I am grateful that President Trump and the US . . . read more ›

On the Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh for SCOTUS

Whatever your politics, it is difficult to look back on the last weeks in Washington with anything other than exasperation and sorrow. It has been a circus. It’s in moments like these that we should be most grateful that God is still on the throne and our hope is firmly in Him, not ourselves or our politicians. It is also the time when as Christians we should be the ones who reach out to our friends, families and neighbors to . . . read more ›

Life’s Most Dangerous Word

Jim Carrey famously said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Today in our culture, I think people believe that if only they could be rich and famous, they know they would be happy. But tragically, this year two well-known celebrities took their own lives: designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade was a fashion icon, yet she killed herself . . . read more ›