Guilt-Free, Joy-Saturated Generosity

As the Gospel advanced in the book of Acts, there was an outbreak of generosity (Acts 2:46, 4:32-37, 11:27-30). Unfortunately, when we seek to live out generosity, we often do so out of guilt. When we enjoy something we feel bad, because someone needed “it” more. We...

God Does Not Judge on Raw Material

A Counselor Reflects on Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis “Some of us who seem quite nice people may, in fact, have made so little use of a good heredity and a good upbringing that we are really worse than those whom we regard as fiends. Can we be quite certain how we...

Communication with Our Desires “On the Table”

Communication is hard, especially “in the moment.”  It is one thing to be convicted by a sermon on the power of the tongue or the way our words reveal our heart.  It is another thing to be “in the moment” with your spouse (child, sibling, parent, friend, co-worker,...

How to Find Joy “In” Suffering

When Scripture indicates that Christians should be able to rejoice in their suffering (Rom. 5:3-5) because of the hope we have in the gospel, it can be difficult to accept. Some try to make the teaching more palatable by offering a variant definition of “joy;” others...