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…

I’m deeply thankful for my family.

I’m writing this short little post on December 28, 2016 while in Kentucky with family for vacation. Spending time with family presents many opportunities. One is the opportunity to deepen relational in-roads with one another and another is to create relational rifts with one another (unintentionally or intentionally). To see that I pursue the former…

Family is good for my soul.

I’m writing this short little post on December 28, 2016 while in Kentucky with family for vacation. Spending time with family presents many opportunities. One is the opportunity to deepen relational in-roads with one another and another is to create relational rifts with one another (unintentionally or intentionally). To see that I pursue the former…

7 Steps To Take In Giving Correction

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,…