Church is Worth the Effort?

Why do we go to church? Sometimes it’s out of a sense of obligation. Sometimes it’s to find community. Or maybe it makes us feel better about ourselves. Do we need to go to church? Aren’t there many other ways to meet with God? Hebrews 10 teaches us about God’s design for the church, and gives us compelling reasons for not missing out.

Stuck in the Middle of Unresolved Suffering, Part 2

When there's no end in sight to our suffering, how do we walk faithfully with Jesus? Picking up where Part 1 left off (our position of trust in the God we've come to know), in Part 2 we’ll examine what we do with our grief, holding our faith in tandem with a recognition of our sorrow and a petition for God's help, all while knowing (spoiler alert) our rescue is certain. 

Stuck in the Middle of Unresolved Suffering, Part 1

In a story, a lack of resolution is really uncomfortable for us. Even worse is when we suffer in real-life without any apparent purpose or end in sight. We struggle to even wrap our minds around unresolved suffering because we’ve put our faith in a God who promises he’s infinitely good. When we're stuck in the middle of unresolved suffering, there's hope for us in Psalm 88.

"I Just Want to Know Jesus Better."

Jesus commands us to make disciples. That sounds scary, though, and I’ve never known where to start. It's always seemed like such an intimidating task. But once I actually started discipling a young woman, I realized that it only seemed daunting because I had been trying to take the lead. Everything changed when I realized that the Lord would lead me and show me what to do. And it was Jesus, not me, that she needed anyway. 

Why Talk Sin?

Sin. It's a topic we often feel is best avoided. It can feel invasive, intense, or even rude. It's certainly not a politically or socially correct topic of conversation. But by avoiding the topic of sin, are we actually short-changing ourselves? What if talking about sin helps us talk about Jesus?

When Death is Life

Death truly is the last enemy. It haunts the lives of unbelievers – threatening eternal separation from God at every moment. But, as the thief on the cross shows us, even in a sinner’s last breath there is hope.

Naturally Out of Place

Have you ever felt out of place at your worship service? Sometimes it’s hard to know where you fit with everyone else. The worship scene described in Revelation 4-5 shows you that you belong with your brothers and sisters around the throne of God.

We've Got Heart Problems

Your heart is the core of who you are—your personality, feelings, hopes, dreams, and motivations.  But as humans, we’ve had heart problems from the very beginning. In Luke 6, Jesus gives us a way to gauge the condition of our hearts, whether they're good or bad, by examining the fruit our hearts bear. Read on to find out how Jesus redefines "good" and "bad" from what we've always thought they were, and gives us the key to live in the way he commands us.

Will God Provide?

Do you ever worry about what’s going to happen? Are worst-case-scenarios always on your mind? Even though you know the truth, do you functionally fear that God won’t provide what you need? If so, then the Verity Fall Conference is for you. Here’s why…

Friends of Jesus If...

Jesus describes his followers as friends. Are you friends with Jesus? What does it even mean to be Jesus’s friend?  Friendship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is a high calling, but there’s one way we can know for certain we are friends with Jesus.

How to Love a Blemished Bride, Part 2

The church is the bride of Christ, but let’s face it, she’s a bride who carries some serious baggage. Every believer is a part of her, but that doesn’t make it easy to know how to love this blemished bride. Here are some potential ways to do just that.

Fall Conference is Coming

Right now, summer stretches ahead of us, full of freedom and adventures. But before you know it, back-to-school sales will start, there will be a nip in the air, and it will be time for Verity’s Fall Conference. Even now, you should plan space in your schedule to attend. Let me tell you why.

How to Love a Blemished Bride, Part 1

You love Jesus, but when you look at the church, all you see are problems. Hypocrisy. Selfishness. Meanness. And the truth is…you’re right. The church has some major problems. But before you turn your back on the church, consider what the book of Hosea reveals about the matter.

The Face of Esau and the Face of God - Jacob, Part 3

When studying the Bible, one of the lessons I’ve learned over the years is to look at a passage in different versions. This keeps my reading fresh, and sometimes it causes me to think about a translation issue when I remember the wording in a different version. This lesson was brought home to me recently as I was preparing to teach on Jacob’s reunion with his brother Esau (Gen. 32-33).

Cling to Christ - Jacob, Part 2

Right after Jacob finally confessed his total dependence on the Lord (Part 1), he wrestles with God again. I've always wondered why Jacob would pursue such a fruitless endeavor. When I delved into this weird story, I realized there's a right way for Jacob - and us - to wrestle with God, and it might just further solidify our dependence on him.

Exposition Is For Women, Too.

Too often we’re tempted to keep women’s ministries “fluffy.” But what if the whole intent of the Bible is to minister truth to us? What if we short-change women by not teaching and preaching intently from the Word? When we embrace a serious study of the Word, we will see women grow and flourish. We will show them that God’s Word is powerful, life-changing, and attainable for all.

When Friends Question Doctrine

What do we do when a friend tells us they’re still a Christian, but they don’t believe in going to church?  Or maybe they let it slip that they believe everyone will ultimately be saved? These moments are exceedingly challenging. How do we love our friends through these crises of faith?