By Matthew Pruitt

I form light and create darkness, 
I make well- being and create calamity, 
I am the Lord, who does all these things. 
(Isaiah 45:7 ESV)

Notice that Isaiah 45:7 is not in the past tense? It doesn’t say, “I formed light and created darkness, I made well- being and created calamity…” He still does those things today. God is active and working in his creation today. He did not just set creation in motion thousands of years ago and then let it run it’s course. Continue reading

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 13:47-50 (ESV) Continue reading

“Worship is when the mind apprehends great truth about God, and the heart kicks in with deep feelings of brokenness or wonder and gladness and admiration and gratitude, and the mouth says something like, ‘Blessed be God! O blessed and praised and honored and glorified be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

John Piper

The birth of a child can be an exciting event in the life of family. My wife and I were blessed with five healthy children and have not experienced the pain of losing an infant at birth (though we did have one miscarriage).

Each of our children had a special component to their birth that made it unique from the others and treasured dearly by dad and mom. However, as special as the birth of our children was and is to us, they were just ordinary births and ordinary babies to the rest of the world. Other than friends and relatives, no one stood up and took notice of the births of our children. But during this time of the year we celebrate the birth of a child whose entry into this world had and still has infinite implications.

Let’s read about it. Continue reading

Written by Karen Holland

In His eyes, in His eyes,
You are so precious in His sight

In His eyes, in His eyes
So much love for His Bride.

In His eyes, in His eyes,
You are so precious in His sight

Held in His gaze, a beautiful jewel
The apple of His eye

Under His wings, you’ll abide
So precious in His sight, you are held
You are held
In His eyes.

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:10-11 (ESV)

The disciples asked a question that perhaps many people have asked down through the years. Or perhaps many have read this passage numerous times and have not stopped to consider why some people understood what Jesus preached and others did not. It is obvious from Jesus’ response, “. . . to them it has not be given,” that the ability to understand the secrets of the kingdom came from a source outside of the individual. Continue reading