In the Bible it is clear that some of its heroes are particularly gifted: few of us can benchpress a city gate like Samson, or quote most of the Old Testament from memory like Paul. But the young man Timothy, to whom Paul writes two letters included in the New Testament, does not seem to be such a person.
At a recent men’s prayer breakfast, I shared the following devotion. I share a brief outline from it with you in hopes that all husbands everywhere might be stirred up to, or renewed in, their determination to love their wives with Christ-reflecting purity and power. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Along with so many other “small” sins in our lives, self-pity is actually very dangerous and self-destructive. The good news, however, is that the Bible gives us some very insightful help regarding this age-old sin. Some time ago I preached a message on self-pity, as part of a series “Beware of Small Sins.” Let me share a brief outline of it with you. Here are four ways that self-pity distorts your perception of reality, with some biblical solutions.
In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith (Galatians 3:26). At a recent men’s breakfast, I shared the following thoughts about what it means for God to be our father. If you are not a father it should bless, humble, and encourage you; if you are a father it should bless, humble, and inspire you to be a better father — a father more like God. Here are at least 15 implications from Scripture to the profound truth that God is our father:
Not long ago I lead a study on the doctrine of “Glorification” in a systematic theology series for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Cincinnati. I was greatly blessed in considering the eventual, promised perfection of the people of God. Yet I was also impressed all over again with the fact that every aspect of our salvation — including even our glorification — is not ultimately about us, but about God.
I shared these thoughts at a men’s retreat a few years ago, learning from the man whom God himself commended in superlative terms for his meekness, even though he was a great leader. In fact, it is his very meekness which contributed to Moses’ great leadership. There are lessons here, then, for every leader — including in the home — so I hope these observations will be a blessing to all fathers and families:
The following content came from a January 2009 men’s breakfast at which I spoke. It is a sobering, awe-inspiring, standard-raising thing for God to say to us: “Be holy like I am holy.” The outline below includes just some of the many meditations that we might biblically derive from the call to be God-imitators:
Text: Genesis 36:1 – 37:36 Introduction Genesis 37, and the chapters that follow, could hardly be a greater contrast to Genesis 36, which brushes quickly past Esau and his descendants. From here, to the end of the book of Genesis, God will share in painstaking detail the life and labors, trials and triumphs, struggles and successes of one man named Joseph. While Esau and many of his descendants did achieve a certain kind of success in their day, God is not impressed with efforts that are at their core rejecting Him as Creator and Lord. On the other hand, God is