I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking they love God, when all they really love is the comfort he provides in their lives. They need to know up front that saving faith transforms us into living sacrifices, and that through sacrifice they’ll find satisfaction in Christ.
If we stop frantically trying to find our way to strength, our eyes can remain focused on the Savior who holds us in our weakness.
God never has—and never will—run away. He never leaves or forsakes His children.
Surprised by Paradox was a beautiful, challenging, and thought-provoking book. Jen masterfully explores Biblical paradoxes in a way that’s sometimes uncomfortable but always tethered by truth.
God isn’t looking for greatness. He’s looking for people so humbled by His greatness that they don’t care whether they are small or significant, they just want to glorify Him.
If our passion for cross-cultural missions diminishes our love for our actual neighbors and fellow citizens, we must repent. Jesus commissioned his disciples to go into all the world (Matt. 28:16–20). Mission isn’t just “over there”; it’s here. Your middle-class suburb, urban neighborhood, or small rural town is part of God’s millennia-spanning plan to make disciples of all nations.
Life barrages us with bad news. It can be discouraging, disorienting, and devastating at times. So, here is some good news to hold fast to today. God’s word never fails.