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Why Many People are Experiencing Anxiety at the Thought of Life Getting Back to Normal

“As the nation slowly lifts its restrictions, there is a conflict going on in the hearts of many people. While many are tired of the lockdowns and rejoice at the thought of going to work, getting out to see friends, sitting in a restaurant, going shopping, and even gathering at church, many of those same people are experiencing anxiety about life returning to normal. Why is that? The answer that is not what you would expect.” Read more…

No Condemnation

“This sense of inadequacy (one that I assume you feel too) points to our humanity. It reveals our reality: in ourselves, we are not enough. We are not strong enough, skilled enough, or wise enough, and before our holy God, we are certainly not righteous enough. Because of the power of sin, everything is marred. The image that God created us to reflect––his image––has been shattered and distorted by sin. Add to the power of sin the pressures and trials of earthly existence,…

Come to Me All Who Have COVID Weariness, and I Will Give You Rest

“The flowing current of COVID sadness can drown the strongest swimmer. You might already be gasping for air. If you feel this way, come to Jesus. Pray to him. Read his word. Belong to his church. His grace can tow you from the mire better than any pickup. Come and enjoy the freedom found in being loved by the Saviour, not controlled by a harsh slave master.” Read more…

If Only I Had Been Saved By Merit!

“One of the hardest tasks for every Christian is to deeply believe and forever remember that we’ve been saved by grace. This is a lifelong challenge because our natural tendency is always to veer back to merit, to assume that we’ve been saved by something we are, something we’ve got, or something we’ve accomplished. Grace—unmerited favour—is too much for our sinful minds to accept and for our sinful hearts to embrace. The reason we need to hear the gospel again…

Stuck in Sexual Sin

“You know, the experience of being stuck in a pattern of sin is one of the most discouraging things a human being can experience. And I don’t know that this is fair to say, but in my experience, I would say that people struggling with sexual sin, in particular, maybe even more so than drugs or alcohol or Facebook, or whatever the other addictions there might be, there’s something just unbelievably discouraging about the sheer wilfulness of it. The sense…

Why We Give in to Temptation

“Why do we give in to temptation? This question often arises in the context of counselling for repetitive struggles such as pornography use, masturbation, substance abuse, and overeating. There are many biblical ways to answer this question, but I want to focus on just one: we give in to temptation because we get tired of fighting the battle.” Read more…

Thankful for God’s Good Gift of Government

“I was asked the other day what I was thankful for in the midst of a pandemic. My answer surprised even me. “I’m thankful for government.” It was surprising, but true. Even as I sit at home during a long, forced lockdown, even as I wonder whether anyone really has a master plan, even as I scratch my head at some of the measures being enacted, even as I grow in my concern about some of the liberties being curtailed,…

I didn’t know I loved you like this

“I didn’t know I loved you like this. A lot of mornings, I grumbled before I saw you. It was a lot of work to get myself together, to get the rest of us together, to put things in order just to get to you. And when I saw you, I took you for granted, assuming you’d still be there when I was in a better mood, just as you always had been. Sometimes I picked at your insufficiencies or…

Living in harmony during isolation

“When we spend a lot of time together with the people we love, it can reveal a lot about what our relationship with them is really like. If we haven’t been investing in that relationship, now we find we share a house with people we barely know. If we have been working on placing others’ needs above our own, this current situation will possibly deepen what is already deep.” Read more…

A Prolonged Sabbath in a Culture of Productivity

“By taking the gift of Sabbath, a day of rest from our work and striving, we remind ourselves that our value is not in our productivity. We proclaim our “unessential” status in the sense that the earth does not depend on our busyness to continue to rotate around the sun. God continues to uphold his creation. We are invited into his work, but we should not fool ourselves that he couldn’t do it without us.” Read more…