Author Archives: Kyle Idleman

God Is Jealous. Is That Good?

God Is Jealous. Is That Good?

You shall not make for yourself an [idol] in the form of anything… You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God. — Exodus 20:4-5 Wouldn’t it be interesting if people were not only called by their given names but also by their most

In This Together

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 I have a friend who recently participated in a five-mile mud run. Now, this is not one of those “I have a friend who” stories that is meant to mask the fact that I’m secretly

Pots, Pans, and the Presence of God

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 If the name Brother Lawrence sounds familiar, it’s not because he’s Joey’s brother. He was a medieval monk who served in the monastery kitchen, and he learned to “practice the presence of

Desperate for Immanuel

Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. — Psalm 142:6 Years ago, when my second daughter, Morgan, was about two years old, I arrived home from my church office early one afternoon I was eager to spend a

What Lies Beneath — Idolatry Is the Issue

Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations. — Os Guinness Imagine a man who has been coughing constantly. This cough keeps him up half of the night and interrupts any conversation he has that lasts more than a minute or two. The cough is so unrelenting that he goes to the

Obedience: Simple, But Not Easy

[Jesus] said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” — Luke 5:4–5 There’s no reason to think that Simon Peter’s response to Jesus was

Lost That Lovin’ Feeling: Your Honeymoon With God Should Never Be Over

So what do you do if you’re a fan who wants to be a follower but your heart just isn’t in it? You want to come after Christ with a passionate pursuit, but the truth is you feel apathetic and indifferent. You don’t want to feel that way, but you do. I was recently doing

Better Than GPS

Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. — Jeremiah 10:23 I have a GPS on my phone, but I rarely use it. I usually tend to think I know where I’m going, even when I don’t. For the most part, every time I

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