Prophet of Hope: God Disturbs the Comfortable and Comforts the Disturbed, Part 2

Perhaps you're feeling that God has lost sight of you. Perhaps you're frustrated that others who you know aren't following Christ seem to have an easier time than you. God has a word of comfort for you. We need to live in the light of the future hope of the Messiah's return.

Prophet of Hope: God Disturbs the Comfortable and Comforts the Disturbed, Part 1

The Israelites are back in the Promised Land, but are they returning to their bad habits? God sends his prophet Zechariah to say there's hope beyond their current situation—and hope of another Promised Land far in the future with the Messiah.

Prophet of Hope: Return to the Lord and He Will Return to You, Part 2

We get this totally the wrong way around. The greatest blessing we can have is God, not what God can do for us. It's a really common misunderstanding that the most important thing you can get out of God is cool stuff—whether that means material things or a perfect relationship. God himself is our highest blessing.

Prophet of Hope: Return to the Lord and He Will Return to You, Part 1

Zechariah is an important book that can speak into someone's situation when they're feeling a little down. It then gives the true hope that centers on Jesus Christ.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: What Do You Do When Things Go Wrong? Part 2

People have all sorts of funny ideas about prayer, like you can do it wrong—"be careful what you pray for!" We have a good Father and we need to come before him in fullness of conviction. Prayer is a powerful tool, and this is a call for us to be active in prayer.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: What Do You Do When Things Go Wrong? Part 1

The church in America was not ready when things went wrong. We've heard too much of a positivity message. The storm of this pandemic has revealed the foundation we have built on. The church is the hospital for the sick, not an entertainment factory.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: How God Defeats Religion

It's a balancing act. On the one hand, as a Christian you have a reason for your faith that goes far beyond merely your personal experience. On the other hand, you do have a personal experience and you know Jesus personally and can testify to that.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: A Persecuted People and a Powerful God

America and England are pretty safe places for faith, but in a global context, there are Christian brothers and sisters facing daily persecution. And there are concerning potential trajectories in the rest of the world that we need to be aware of. We need to make the most of the opportunities before us today.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: How God Embraces the Excluded

The gospel reaches out to those who are excluded because of their background. In Christ, the dividing wall of hostility (between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, and across races and classes) is broken down.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: Real Church

There certainly are inauthentic followers of Jesus in the church today, but we don't need to go around being cynical and questioning motives. Instead, it’s a call to focus on own authentic following of him.

How Jesus Acts through Us Today: Happy Martyr's Day

Stephen, the first Christian martyr, gave an extraordinarily powerful witness to Saul, who would later become Paul. The reality of suffering is used by God for great things. If you are struggling, be faithful and see what God does.

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