“Pastors need the right fuel or else they’ll be drained.” A word to pastors from Brian McCoy.

Photo by Sara Farshchi on Unsplash According to Dictionary.com the word “fuel” is a noun with three meanings: Combustible matter used to maintain fire, as coal, wood, oil or gas, in order to create heat or power. Something that gives nourishment; food. An energy source for engines, power plants, or reactors. Like your physical health, your spiritual health…

Depression is a malady that has hit close to my heart, as family members and close friends have struggled with it…

Photo by Mario Azzi on Unsplash Depression is “just this detached, meaningless fog where you can’t feel anything about anything.” Depression is a malady that has hit close to my heart, as family members and close friends have struggled with it. Although I’ve personally not battled with intense and pervasive bouts of depression, there have been at times a…

What captures your mind controls your thoughts and dominates the desires of your heart – Paul Tripp

The following is excerpted from Paul David Tripp’s devotional book, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. Discouragement focuses more on the broken glories of creation than on the restoring glories of God’s character, presence, and promises. What captures your mind controls your thoughts and dominates the desires of your heart. Outside of intentional moments…

If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one, it is harder still to administer one in loving humility – D. A. Carson

Carson’s statement begs the question, “how do you give a rebuke in loving humility?” David Mathis in his book Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines gives seven steps we can work towards giving a rebuke that is biblical/Jesus-honoring. Check your own heart first. Seek to sympathize. Pray for restoration. Be quick. In my opinion,…

The lists below are as different as heaven and hell. Which one characterizes you?

List 1 Rebuke, reprove, admonish, exhort, confront, judge fairly, warn, talk directly and righteous indignation List 2 Attack, criticize, accuse, moralize, condemn, be judgmental, threaten, talk aggressively and self-righteous hostility. David Powlison in Good and Angry says, Do these lists sound rather similar? How are they alike? How are they different? In fact, they are as different as heaven…