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by Matt Kottman - 6 months

When Leaders Need Shepherding

A couple months ago, someone approached me regarding a situation where they felt I hadn’t responded in a pastoral way. Of course, such statements hold a sting to them, and they may not be entirely accurate, but I have found that usually there is some truth in the criticism that we need to heed.It shouldn’t surprise us that people see mistakes and failures in us, but sometimes it does.With that as a...

by Matt Kottman - 7 months

Subversive Radicalism: Response to the London Attack

The slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” was developed during World War II during the Nazi terror (Blitz) attacks on London, when Germany was radicalized by an ideology. When it comes to national tragedy, this truly does describe the British resolve to keep on. I remember being here in London when the 7/7 attacks happened. Yesterday I was in Westminster with my wife and four kids one mile away from the attack! The poli...

by Matt Kottman - 9 months

God’s Greater Sacrifice & the Christian’s Service

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Genesis 8:20).A Great OfferingAs I am reading through the passage on Noah, I am struck at how God provides for Noah's worship. He calls Noah to take seven of all the clean animals (Genesis 7:3). Then in Genesis 8:20, Noah builds an altar and offers up a s...

by Matt Kottman - 10 months

Are We Reluctant Obeyers?

Often, everyday life reminds us of great truths. Last summer, when I was in Washington, I was driving my dad’s pickup truck with a 35-foot trailer in tow. It was only a few weeks later I was towing a 20-foot trailer in England on narrow roads. Both were a learning curve for me, but I soon discovered something—the trailer followed behind the car. Okay, that’s a bit obvious, however, sometimes when we are reading Go...

by Matt Kottman - 11 months

God Rejoices to Do Us Good

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rej...

by Matt Kottman - 12 months

Teach Me Your Way: Three Reminders that God Knows What is Best

“Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever” (Psalm 86:11–12, ESV).I love this Psalm, particularly these verses in it. This is a cry of David for his gracious God to answer his plea. He is in distress, and that distress is because people are seeking his life. T...

by Matt Kottman - 12 months

Ten Helpful Tips for Fruitful Daily Worship

Do you struggle with finding time to spend in God’s presence on a regular basis? If so, you are not alone. Many Christians do not have a daily time of focused, personal worship of God. Some call this daily worship a quiet time, devotions (or devos), the closet, etc. In my experience, although many Christians desire this gracious routine, they struggle to get started. Here are 10 tips to help you get started....

by Matt Kottman - 12 months

Do You Understand That We Are the Bride?

Recently, I wrote articles about being servants and being sons. The vastness of our relationship with God is beyond human ability to describe. Thus we grasp at metaphors and analo...