Why I Miss My Church When I’m Away

When I go out of town, I have the privilege of attending different churches. It is always a blessing to be with God’s people, yet it also reminds me of the distinct and glorious privilege of being a part of a local church community. Gospel Life Church in Joliet, IL is the my primary community in my life. This is …

Only Heaven, Only Jesus

Some cuts are deeper than can be healed in this temporary world. Instead they scab over only to break open again and again. It is not that Jesus lacks the power to heal nor does this temporary world stop him from healing. Rather, his love for us compels him to leave us with some hurts to fit us for heaven. …

Thoughts on Love

Love has always existed, not because love itself is eternal, but rather because God is eternal. “God is love.” (1 John 4:8). Because God exists, therefore love exists. Love is divine in nature, because it comes from God. Therefore, all things that have love must be connected in some manner to God. And anything connected to God must be loving. …

Quote: John Newton

“The Lord’s appointments, to those who fear him, are not only sovereign, but wise and gracious. He has connected their good with his own glory, and is engaged, by promise, to make all things work together for their advantage. He chooses for his people better than they could choose for themselves! If they are in heaviness, there is a need-be for …

Quote: John Newton

“If we are not creatures we might have a right to choose, if we were not sinners we might perhaps venture to complain of sufferings. If the Lord were not wise he might mistake our case; if he were not good he might deal hardly with us. If this life were our all, delays and crossings for one, two or …

Serving In A Small Church

“No person is too skilled, godly, or educated to devote his or her entire life to serving a small, unknown place.” Stephen Witmer, TGC article

Quote: Paul Tripp

“Your sadness with sin should be bigger than the fact that it complicates your life. Your sadness should extend as far as sin reaches. Your celebration of God’s restoring grace should be bigger than the fact that it brings blessing to your private world. No, your celebration should reach as far as restoration is needed.”   – Paul Tripp, A …

Quote: Richard Sibbes

“For though we shall have much opposition, yet if we strive, he [Christ] will help us; if we fail, he will cherish us; if we be guided by him, we shall overcome; if we overcome, we are sure to be crowned. And for the present state of the church, we see now how forlorn it is, yet let us comfort …

10 Ways To Pray For Your Pastor

George Whitefield once pointed out, based upon the text “Brothers, pray for us.” in 1 Thessalonians 5:25: If the great St. Paul, that chosen vessel, that favorite of heaven, needed the most importunate prayers of his Christian converts; much more do the ordinary ministers of the gospel stand in need of the intercession of their respective flocks. Pastors desperately need the prayers …

Quote: D. A. Carson

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, and obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it …