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In Luke 17:5–10 the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. How does Jesus help them? In two ways, both of which are by telling them truth. So even in the way he responds he shows us that faith comes by hearing. Knowing certain things should increase our faith.

The Ageless Habits of Jesus Christ “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” —Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) It’s a sweeping claim, but it might just be the kind of overstatement we need today to be awakened from our relentless stream of distractions and diversions. How hauntingly true might …

Man standing alone in a field

How to cultivate a Quiet Virtue If you’re a Christian, no doubt you highly value God’s faithfulness, the precious reality “that what God [has] promised, he [is] able to perform” (Romans 4:21 NASB). You believe that Christ upholds the entire cosmos “by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). Therefore, all of reality, not to …

A Letter to a 13-Year-Old Dear _____, I got your note about going deeper with your Bible reading. Thanks for asking. First, let me say that I am really encouraged that you take the Bible so seriously. Sometimes I hold it in my hand and feel the wonder that it is the very word of …

When we open our Bibles to read, we’re never alone. The Holy Spirit hovers over and in the words of God, ready to stir our hearts, illumine our minds, and redirect our lives, all for the glory of Christ (John 16:14). The Spirit is the X factor in Bible reading, making an otherwise ordinary routine supernatural …

Shall we entertain the notion of biblical sarcasm and satire? The response from Christians unveils the current condition of the church. In our contemporary landscape, we unravel the misguided notion that niceness trumps other biblical virtues. But this is simply not true.

Psalm 23 is the most common verse you find on wall hanging posters and other paraphernalia in a Christian bookstore. And yet, it is sometimes surprising how something can be so familiar while yet so unexplored.

In John 16:23–24, Jesus makes a stunning, sweeping, glorious promise to us: “In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, …

There are two ways that God’s children could conceivably fail in the Christian life. One is for us to turn away from God. And the other is for God to turn away from us. Jeremiah, amazingly, says that in the days to come — the days of the new covenant — neither of these will …

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