What is God like? When answering this question, most of us think in terms of his justice, power, mercy, wisdom, immutability, eternality, and sovereignty. But we rarely (if ever) think of his impartiality. Yet the Bible makes it clear that “God shows no partiality” (Rom 2:11). We see this truth wonderfully displayed in Jesus. […]

  Editor’s note: This post is Part 2 of 2 that look at David’s experience with biblical confession in Psalm 32. Part 1 lays out the blessings & consequences at stake for the sinner considering confession. Here in Part 2, we see how David highlights three further realities of confession: what makes confession genuine; God’s hope for […]

  Editor’s note: This post is part 1 of 2 that look at David’s experience with biblical confession in Psalm 32. Two of five realities of confession are considered here:  the importance of remembering the joy that comes from confession & forgiveness, and the consequences that come from avoiding confession.    At least according to […]

  “I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word” (Ps 119:16). What does it mean to forget God’s Word? We forget with our heads (notionally) when we no longer remember what we formerly knew. We forget with our hearts (affectively) when we’re no longer affected by what we know. Here, the […]

  In the first post of this series, I highlighted some of the strong denunciations of laziness in the Scriptures. God’s Word instructs us to see the evil of idleness especially by helping us consider sins of omission, which a lazy person’s life is necessarily full of. In this next blog post, I intend to […]

  No doubt, there are many people who read biographies out of curiosity. With the release of a biography of some prominent historical figure, there are those who pick up the book off Amazon because they are fascinated by the individual and they want to know more. Why was this person the way he was? […]

  Pleasing God by Receiving from Him In Part 1 of this blog series on what it means to God, we saw that the first step toward pleasing God is to think of him as a mountain spring, and not as a watering trough. That is, the way to please God is not to do […]

  Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a two part series on Paul’s discussion of biblical roles in marriage in Ephesians 5:22-23. Be sure you read the first post in this series.   “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church …” (Eph 5:25). As a newlywed, this verse sounded so right […]

  Hebrews 12 is perhaps the most well known passage related to God’s spiritual discipline of his children. Notice all the things that the writer of Hebrews says about God and discipline in that passage: God will reprove his people (vv. 5-6 [3x]). God loves the people he disciplines (v. 6a). His discipline may involve […]

  The Goal of Counseling — and of Life A tool I have used many times — for myself and for counselees — is an assignment to ask oneself the following question at least 25 times throughout the day: “I am here to glorify God — how am I doing right now?”1 This goes with […]