About Jon Walker

Jon Walker is author of the small group study In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’ and managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotionals. © 2012 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Spiritual Growth: Teach Submit Rather Than Commit to Christ



If you want to start a heated debate among a group of Christians, just bring up Paul’s admonition that wives should submit to their husbands. But that debate is a distraction from the bigger issue: All Christians must submit to Jesus. Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer has convinced me that the number one reason so many of […]

How Are You Doing With Your New Year’s Resolutions?


New Years Resolutions

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV) How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Have you already given up on them? One of my friends made these resolutions to guarantee success – I won’t lose ten pounds this year. […]

We Say We ‘Can’t’ Change When We Mean ‘Won’t’



We should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:6–7 (NIV) When my oldest son was two years old, he’d sometimes push away food, making a face and saying, “I can’t like it.” “I can’t like it” implies my son didn’t have a choice, as if he’d been […]

You Are a Channel of God’s Love and Grace



“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV) In faith, I know these things to be true: God is full of love and grace, and he fills me with his love and grace. God’s work […]

Your Influence and Visibility Matter



“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they […]

God Requires Risky Obedience



“Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of.” (Luke 19:26 MSG) If God tells you to take a step of faith but you hesitate to take it until he shows you what the second step will be, you’re not waiting on God. He’s waiting on you. God uses risks, large and small, […]

Study: 85 Percent of Films Have Sexual Content


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By Erin Roach A recent study confirmed that as adolescents absorb sexual content from movies, they are more likely to attempt to live it out in real life. Statistics compiled in the study point to a major challenge for parents striving to raise godly children. Among the data reported in the study, published in July […]

God, We’re Desperate for You


Praise Holy Hands

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. Psalms 4:1 (NASB) Lord, we’re desperate for you.  We’re bunched up in confusion, moving by impulse and fear, flitting here and there like a frenzied flock caught in the wilderness […]

One Reason God Doesn’t Give You the Full Picture



Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69 (NIV) Even if we don’t understand God’s plan, we need to respond to his direction. In fact, when we don’t understand God’s plan that […]

Let Peace Guard Your Heart


Inner Peace

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NIV) If you lived in a frontier town constantly harassed by raiding parties from an enemy, one option for your military would be to send troops to actually live beside you. These troops would […]

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