Are you humble? How to avoid falling into this trap

Why you should think of humility as a pursuit and not a destination

As a new Christian, someone told me that I was proud. I tried to change. I grew a little and 20 years later, while thinking I had grown, someone else told me the same thing again. Of course, they were right both times, though it was hard to hear. But having tried to grow as Christian, why was I still arrogant? It turns out I had thought of humility as a destination, a place I could arrive at. In reality, I hadn’t arrived at all. Though I still haven’t arrived, I have learned to think of humility as a pursuit instead of a destination.

Humility as a pursuit

How to transform your quiet time today for free

Focus your quiet time on what pleases the Lord

There are lots of things we can focus on in our lives. But there is one main thing that the Lord wants us to pursue throughout our lives – transformation into the likeness of Christ. Therefore, I’m excited to announce an all new FREE training series to help you make your quiet times transformative.

Transformative Quiet Times

What does it mean to be holy?

Holiness is the practical outworking of humility

The word holy is frequently and rightly used to refer to God (Isa 6:3), but it the Bible also uses the word to refer to believers. In fact, believers are called saints, which is a translation of the Greek word for holy. Paul begins his letter to the Romans referring to those he was writing to as people who God “called as saints,” or more literally called as holy ones. We see this language all through the Bible, so what does it mean to be holy? (more…)

What is holiness?

Have you sacrificed spiritual growth for spirituality?

Mere spirituality is a substitute for what God wants of us.

Recently a prominent Christian leader made a comment that he knew people in overt sin who had “as good a spiritual life as I do.”1 When a Christian can say someone in wanton sin has as good a spiritual life as we do, we should be alarmed. Statements like this suggest we’ve sacrificed spiritual growth at the altar of spirituality. It is easy to make this exchange, so we must be vigilant. How can you know if you’ve sacrificed spiritual growth for spirituality?

Have you exchanged spiritual growth for spirituality?

Are Daily Devotional Books good for my quiet time?

Is my spiritual growth being managed by someone else's commercial goals?

Daily devotional books are found in almost every Christian home. It might be a monthly “Word for the Day” or an annual collection such as Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. For many Christians, these daily devotional books are their primary exposure to Christian writing. But are they a good tool for a daily quiet time? I don’t think so. Here are five reasons why these daily devotional books are inadequate for a quiet time.

Daily Devotional Books

Dump your phone: 10 reasons your paper Bible is better

The way you experience the Bible matters

The paper Bible has fallen on hard times over the last decade as smartphones have made a surge in appeal and Bible apps have become ubiquitous and (finally) usable. But there are still very good reasons why Christians should seriously consider giving the paper Bible the priority it once had. Let me explain.

10 Good reasons to dump your phone for a Bible