Delighting in Weakness: An Interview with Kyle Idleman

The End of Me

We had the privilege to ask author Kyle Idleman about his career, books that have influenced him, and his new release, The End of Me.

Kyle has written multiple books, including best-seller Not a Fan. He is a pastor at Southeast Christian Church, and a presenter for City on a Hill Productions.

All month long, keep up with Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

What drives you to write, preach, and continue to serve the church?

Whether it’s preaching a sermon, writing a book, or a producing a film I am passionate about connecting Scripture to a person’s life at just the right time.

A number of years ago I learned that what encourages me as a communicator more than anything else is seeing one life at a time experience the difference that Jesus makes. While all three mediums of communication overlap I’ve also learned that there is no substitute preaching to real live people.

When I can look them in they eyes as they encounter God’s Word it helps me see how God is a work and how I can join him through writing and producing.

As you’ve grown in your faith, which authors and books have been influential on you and your writing?

I really appreciate the way you asked that question because different writers have been especially influential in different areas of my life.

It’s hard for me to choose one or two over the others. But I’m challenged when I read the way Brennan Manning talks about following Jesus. I’m moved when I read the way Philip Yancey describes grace.  I’m convicted when I read the way John Ortberg talks about me.

The two books I’ve especially loved this year: God for the Rest of Us by Vince Antonucci and Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach.

What sparked your newest release, The End of Me?

Years ago I was taught the simple truth that what God does through you, he does in you first.

I have certainly found that to be true in my own life. There have been times I have tried to let God work through me, while resisting his work in me and it hasn’t turned out well.  

So my commitment as a pastor and an author is to daily ask God what he wants to do in me and then I ask God how he wants to work through me. Each chapter represents some work God has been doing in me, although I have often resisted every step of the way.

For example the chapter “Weak to be Strong” focuses on how God’s power shows up most dramatically in our weaknesses and inadequacies. When I refuse to be vulnerable because of pride or fear and instead try to mask my weakness I miss out on an opportunity to experience his strength.  

Coming to the end myself means that I am going to not just be honest about my weakness, but I’m going to delight in them. [Click to Tweet!] Each of the chapters in this book speaks to some kind of work that God has been doing in my own heart and life. My prayer is that this book will help others on their journey to the end of themselves so that they can discover the real life in Christ that waits for them.

What are the major truths readers will takeaway from your book?

The natural tendency is for me to think that the best and most fulfilling life is all about me. I am drawn to messages that promise to advance me or promote me. Intuitively, it just makes sense that I will be the happiest when I am at the front of the line, get the biggest piece of cake at the party, and receive applause as I stand in the spotlight.

But Jesus came with a message that was upside-down from what we are constantly told and how we personally feel.

He taught that the last will be first, the broken will be blessed, and the humble will be exalted. Because his teachings are often so paradoxical we try to filter them and take a more reasonable and measured approach. But Jesus made it clear that an invitation to live for him is an invitation to die to myself. [Click to Tweet!] It may not make sense; it may not feel right, but the abundant life that Jesus offers is found at the end of me.


Read more about the abundant life Jesus promised in Kyle Idleman’s The End of Me.

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How to Get the Life You’ve Always Wanted: an Interview with Bob Pritchett

Start Next Now

Bob Pritchett, the CEO of Faithlife Corporation, recently released his new book, Start Next Now!

When you get Start Next Now you can expect more than just inspirational puffery from a life coach—it’s practical advice on how to get ahead from a successful entrepreneur with 440+ employees. Get the Vyrso ebook plus bonus content at!

Check out our exclusive interview with Bob all about his new release, how his faith plays into his work, and common mistakes people make when trying to move up in their career.

What differentiates your new book, Start Next Now, from other titles focused on business and career advancement?

Start Next Now is about actually starting.

Getting ahead, or achieving a goal, or doing anything important and useful at all requires the same thing: starting. [Click to Tweet!] In my experience many people have an idea of what they want to accomplish, whether for themselves or their family or ministry, but they’re stuck at the first step.

I want to help people take the first steps and start now, so in addition to some inspirational encouragement, this book is full of super-practical things you can do right away to get started.

In what ways has faith shaped how you do business? How can Christians integrate their faith into their work life?

God is sovereign over everything, so I don’t see our faith as something to integrate into our work life, like a missing ingredient we need to mix in. I see my faith as part of who I am and my work as what I am called to do. The Bible speaks to our work and business just as it speaks to our friendships and family relationships, and I try to live as God has called us to in all those areas.

What do you think are some common mistakes people make while trying to move their career forward or when they’re first getting started?

The biggest mistake people make is assuming someone is going to make things happen for them. [Click to Tweet!] We’re trained by our institutional educational system to sit quietly in chairs, to answer or act in response to prompts, and then to be automatically advanced through the system and up through different ‘grades’ to a pinnacle moment: graduation.

And then we’re put into the workplace, where we are suddenly responsible for our own learning, advancement and progress. Many people spend years sitting quietly and responding to prompts before they learn that life is not like school — and that’s a tragic waste of time that can hold them back for a lifetime.

Start Next Now contains specific advice for college students and young people in the first decade of their career. What’s an important piece of advice you’d give to this audience when it comes to building their professional life and career for the first time?

Ask lots of questions. It’s the best way to learn, and the younger you are the better it will be received. Don’t continue in ignorance; just ask.


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Doubt Isn’t Sin: Discussing Unbelief with Barnabas Piper

Help My Unbelief

We had the privilege to ask author Barnabas Piper questions about his career, books that have influenced him, and his new release, Help My Unbelief.

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Barnabas, tell us a little bit about your blogging and writing experience—what inspires you to write?

I started blogging in 2011. Prior to that I had done relatively little writing for anyone’s benefit but my own. I was a journaler and loved the craft of effectively expressing ideas and observations as well as the way that writing helped me learn what I really thought and meant.

My inspiration was and is observation and curiosity. I notice something that seems odd or interesting or inspiring and instead of letting it go I start to hash out on paper. Sometimes an article comes to be. Other times its just an exercise in developing my thoughts to a place I’m satisfied and realize there isn’t enough there to share.

After I started blogging a few other writing opportunities opened up—, contributing to Table Talk and Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, etc. It was the response to some of those articles that gave me the confidence to write my first book, The Pastor’s Kid and my second book, Help My Unbelief was kind of born out of the first.

Which specific authors and books have been influential as you have matured in your walk with Christ?

C. S. Lewis’s thinking has been the most influential for me. I absolutely love the way he takes the reader on a relatable, mind-stretching journey through a series of ideas to arrive at a conclusion. I have read almost all of his non-fiction and am getting ready to dig in again after a few year hiatus. Lewis taught me to think systematically and work through ideas. He is also just so personable in his writing.

Other authors who have influenced me have been Daniel Taylor and his book The Myth of Certainty and N.D. Wilson’s book Death by Living. Taylor and Wilson opened my eyes to asking great questions and exploring ideas well, in a curious and energetic way.

I also love Pat Conroy’s, J.K. Rowling’s, and Leif Enger’s novels. Great novels spark my love of literature and reading. Stories are moving and enlivening in ways non-fiction can never be. They show the minds and hearts of people in a truer way than any essay. And they’re just fun!

Who was your new book, Help My Unbelief, written for?

It was really three different groups with parts of the book aimed at each of them:

  • The first group is the skeptic, that person who is always questioning and never satisfied. I wanted to put the case before them that mystery is okay, that we can’t know everything about God, and that we should be satisfied with that.
  • The second group is the lifelong church person who thinks “the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” They never ask a hard question or dig deep into any challenging truth. I want to rattle them a bit and show that their mindset is dangerous.
  • The third group is the believer with questions who isn’t sure if it’s okay to doubt and to ask. I wanted to help them see that doubt isn’t sin and asking questions can actually strengthen faith. [Click to Tweet!]

If readers walk away with only one key point from Help My Unbelief, what do you hope that will be? 

It sounds counter-intuitive, but often doubt can be evidence of belief. Like the dad in Mark 9:24, he was not sure what Jesus could do, but he believed enough to seek help. If you have the inclination to cry out to God you have belief. [Click to Tweet!]

Too often Christians get overwrought with guilt and despair about their doubts instead of realizing that belief is woven throughout them. It’s like someone training for a race. If they get discouraged every time something hurts and think “I’m just not good enough” they are missing the point that the pain is the improvement.

So I would say that strengthening your belief comes from recognizing the heart behind the doubt. If your doubts come from a place of wanting to know God more deeply they are born from belief, not sin. They will lead you deeper into faith and obedience, not further away. It reframes doubt from sin to hope, from guilt to growth.


Learn why doubt is not the enemy of faith in Barnabas Piper’s Help My Unbelief.

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Happiness Is God’s Command—and a Pleasant Calling—for His People


Today’s guest post was written by Vyrso’s Author of the Month, Randy Alcorn. In his new release, Happiness, Alcorn dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it.

C. S. Lewis said, “It is a Christian duty . . . for everyone to be as happy as he can.”[i]

Happiness is a privilege. However, since God repeatedly calls upon us to rejoice, delight, and be glad in him, we have an obligation to actually do so. [Click to Tweet!]

This makes sense only if the God we love is happy, if the gospel message we embrace and proclaim is happy, and if Heaven is a happy place. It makes sense if we understand that people long to be happy and won’t turn to Jesus if they believe there’s no happiness in him. Others will judge whether there’s happiness in Jesus by whether they see happiness in his followers. Hence, our happiness is, indeed, a Christian duty.

But what an incredibly wonderful responsibility it is . . . like being required to eat Mom’s apple pie! We’re accustomed to thinking of duty as drudgery, not happiness. But a person’s duty to love his or her spouse or to care for a son or daughter, and a soldier’s duty to defend his country—when done with the right heart and perspective—all bring satisfaction, contentment, and happiness.

Paul’s words in Philippians 4:4 are often translated “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” They could also be translated, “Be happy in the Lord always, and again I say be happy.” Commenting on this verse, Spurgeon said, “It is intended that we should be happy. That is the meaning . . . that we should be cheerful.”[ii]

This passage commands us twice to be glad in God. A command carries with it the duty to obey, and when it’s repeated, that expectation is intensified. Fortunately, when God commands us to rejoice, his Holy Spirit empowers us to obey.

The fact that “rejoice” is followed by “always” and is repeated (“again I say rejoice”) makes it one of the most emphatic directives in Scripture. If our lives are not characterized by rejoicing, or if we’ve given up on happiness, we’re missing out on what God intends for us. [Click to Tweet!] We must go to him and ask for his help and empowerment to find joy in him.

Only if we truly want to experience the happiness-driven desires of our hearts will we be drawn to God by verses such as this: “Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire” (Psalm 37:4, GNT).

The Contemporary English Version and God’s Word Translation both render the final clause in John 16:24 this way: so that we will be “completely happy.” You may not be accustomed to thinking that God commands us to be happy. But it’s a fact. And I’m betting it’s a command most of us would like to obey!

[i] C. S. Lewis, as quoted in Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992), 189.

[ii] Charles H. Spurgeon, “Joy, a Duty” (Sermon #2405).


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God’s Crime Scene: An Interview with J. Warner Wallace

God's Crime Scene

We had the privilege to interview author J. Warner Wallace, detective and former atheist, about his new release, God’s Crime Scene. 

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As a former atheist and cold-case detective, tell us a little bit about your journey to faith and how you found the evidence for God?

I didn’t grow up in a Christian environment. My dad was (and still is) a committed atheist, and I never attended an evangelical church service as a boy. As a result, I was rather dogmatic in my atheism from a very young age.

My wife, Susie, and I had been together since high school, and Susie was very patient with my unbelief. At twenty-seven Susie expressed a desire to visit local churches in our area. I was happy to go with her if it made her happy.

In the first church we visited, the pastor cleverly described Jesus as the smartest man who ever lived. That sounded interesting to me. I purchased an inexpensive pew Bible and began to read through the Gospels for the limited purpose of mining the wisdom statements of Jesus. I was immediately impressed, however, with the similarity I found between the Gospel accounts and eyewitness statements I encountered in my own criminal cases (at this time I was working as a detective).

I began to test the Gospels in the same way I would test any other eyewitness account. I described this process in my first book, Cold-Case Christianity.

At the end of that process, I was comfortable with the reliable nature of the Gospel accounts except for the presence of the supernatural miracles of Jesus and the Resurrection. I thought the Gospels were some form of historical fiction. I decided, however, to take an additional step in my investigation to determine if my bias against the supernatural was warranted.

I examined the universe the same way I examined other targeted scenes from my career, and I applied the same scrutiny I did to other pieces of evidence in such scenes. The result is the process I describe in God’s Crime Scene.

As you’ve grown in your understanding of who God is, which authors and books have you chosen to study that nourish and grow your faith?

After becoming a Christian I eventually enrolled in seminary and graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

I love to read systematic theologies, Wayne Grudem and Millard Erickson are two of my favorites. I am also fond of philosophically minded apologetics books (like Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig).

What are some practical ways that these authors have influenced you?

I believe there’s a big difference between belief that and belief in.

Belief that typically describes one’s intellectual assent to a claim. We might have, for example, good evidential reason to believe Jesus is who he said he was, but doesn’t have the power to save us on its own (in James 2:19, James reminded his readers that “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”). Belief in is an additional step of trust. We have belief in when we trust Jesus for our salvation.

God’s Crime Scene examines the universe to determine if there is evidence that points to a creator, tell us more about the angle you take when approaching the evidence.

Every death investigation presents one of four possibilities; the victim died accidentally, died from natural causes, committed suicide, or was murdered.

Only one of these circumstances requires someone outside the room to enter the scene. Accidental deaths, natural deaths and suicides can occur without an intruder.

Homicide detectives, therefore, are looking for evidence of outside involvement.

One important question must be asked and answered: “Can the evidence ‘in the room’ be explained by staying ‘in the room’?” If, for example, there is a victim in the room with a gunshot injury lying next to a handgun, but the doors are locked from the inside, all the DNA and fingerprints in the room come back to the victim, the gun is registered to the victim and there are no signs of an outside intruder, this is simply the scene of a suicide or accidental death.

If, however, fingerprints exist or DNA of an unknown suspect, the gun does not belong to the victim, and there are bloody footprints leading outside the room, detectives must consider the reasonable inference of murder. When the evidence in the room cannot be explained by staying inside the room and is better explained by a cause outside the room, there’s a good chance a murderer is on the loose. Intruders turn death scenes into crime scenes.

As we examine the universe around us, a similar opportunity awaits those who want to begin the most important of all investigations.

Can everything we see in the universe be explained solely from causes found within the natural realm, or is there evidence of an outside “intruder”? Can the universe be explained by natural “internal” forces, or is an external “intruder” a better explanation? [Click to Tweet!]

God’s Crime Scene was written to help readers examine the nature of the universe as they sift through eight important characteristics of the cosmos, biological organisms and human experience, considering each as though it were a piece of evidence at a crime scene.


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An Imperfect Journey to God’s Perfect Plan: An Interview with Wendy Duke

Grace in the Middle

We had the privilege to interview author Wendy Alcorn about her new re-release, Grace in the Middle: An Imperfect Journey to God’s Perfect Plan. 

This exclusive interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

About Wendy Duke

My background and first love is coaching and teaching; I played basketball in college and taught English and coached high school basketball for 10 years before we began working in full-time sports missions and ministry. I was raised as a Christian but didn’t surrender my life to Jesus until I was 29 years old, on a tile floor at the end of a hospital hallway.

Now I write, teach and speak about our crazy family life, the beauty and truth found in God’s Word, and other wild things God teaches me on ordinary days.

A passion for people drives me to write: my life has been impacted profoundly by the words of others, and I want to use my writing to encourage, inspire and challenge people to trust God, to love God and others, and to live bravely. My greatest dream for my words is to link the next generation to God.

The inspiration behind Grace in the Middle

Grace in the Middle is the story of our family’s journey when our first baby was diagnosed with a disability and life-threatening illness.

We discovered devastating news at our first ultrasound, rejected the suggestion to abort, and then found ourselves in a Cancer Treatment Center just 10 days after our daughter was born.

I wrote the book, first, as a healing process and a journal of sorts. As the story was shared and people began to respond to it, I realized it was an encouragement to other families who find themselves in similar situations. We revised the original manuscript with specific people in mind: families fighting through medical crises, people battling with faith and doubt, and even women facing difficult or fearful pregnancies.  

I did not sugarcoat how difficult it was and is to trust God in our most bitter struggles, and people seem to find relief that they are not the only ones struggling to hold onto faith. But through all of it, God was faithful and drew us to Himself during our darkest days. He still does. [Click to Tweet!]

Wendy’s advice for families going through hard times:

You can choose to lean on God wholeheartedly and let Him do His work in you, or shut down and become bitter. The first produces a deeper, richer faith and a refined heart–even when the situation doesn’t turn out the way we’d hoped. Bitterness and withdrawal from God is a no-win situation. [Click to Tweet!] Not only do we feel more alone and helpless, but in the end, nothing in us has changed for the better.

Lean on each other. Crisis situations are hard on marriages and on children. Every family member will respond differently to fear and grief and stress. Acknowledge each other’s feelings and give them room to react differently then you might. The worst response you can have is to isolate yourself or stop communicating with other family members—you will all need each other.

It’s critical to be plugged into a supportive community. Become or stay an active part of an active church, one that will come alongside you and know you by name.)Isolation is a killer of the soul, and there is a tendency to withdraw during difficult times, but you not only need people, they need you: we need to watch each other walk through spiritual battles.

Wendy’s book recommendations:

Oh, so many!  Elisabeth Elliot’s Shadow of the Almighty had a profound impact on me: our family also works in the mission field, and her strength of faith after her husband’s death is staggering. That story wrecked me, in all the good ways.

Beth Moore’s writing and teaching of God’s word through her Bible studies has also had a huge impact on my faith development. I had not studied the Bible before that long night on the hospital floor, and I’m incredibly grateful for the amount of time and work Moore has spent in helping people dig deep into God’s Word.

Other favorite writers and books that have strengthened my faith and appreciation for the art of writing are:

These books have challenged my thinking, and most of these have taught me to forge such a thriving relationship with God that He just naturally spills out of my laptop into anything I write. I still believe that books and words change people and can change the world.


Draw inspiration and encouragement from the Duke family’s story in Grace in the Middle: An Imperfect Journey to God’s Perfect Plan on Vyrso today!

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Win a Signed Copy of Randy Alcorn’s New Book, Happiness!

Win a signed copy of Randy Alcorn's new book, Happiness!

Through October 30, enter to win one of three signed copies of Randy Alcorn’s Happiness!

About Randy Alcorn:

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions, and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Randy is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 40 books including Heaven and his newest release Happiness. His books sold exceed nine million copies and have been translated into over 60 languages.

About Randy’s New Release, Happiness:

Christians are supposed to be happy. In fact, we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that is so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today’s culture, the vast majority of Christians are perceived as angry, judgmental people who don’t seem to derive any joy from life whatsoever. So why aren’t we happy?

As a respected theologian and author, Randy dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness in his newest release, Happiness. Along with providing indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it.

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The Most Scandulous Thing in the World: Discussing God’s Love with Alex Early

The Reckless Love of God

We were privileged to interview author Alex Early about his new release, The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel. 

This exclusive interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

Alex, tell us a little bit about your background. You seem to keep busy running a blog, which reflects both your love for God and cooking, and being a dedicated husband and dad. What got you started and what continues to drive you?

I absolutely enjoy my family! Downtime with them in the kitchen cooking, listening to music, and carrying on is absolutely life to me! There is nowhere else I would rather be than with them.

I got into cooking because I needed a hobby and I didn’t want one that would take me away from my family. I have an artsy streak in me, so I figured I’d give my culinary skills a go, and that scratched the itch. But as an author, past/future church planter, and doctoral student, life is most certainly busy.

What keeps me going is:

  • I know that I am loved by God and empowered by his Spirit
  • I am called to this and nothing else

Over the years, as you have grown in your faith, which books have made an impact on you?

Like any pastor, I could mention dozens. I read tons of academic theology as well. But if I could recommend just five books, I’d say:

1.The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning

2. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

3. Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament by Matthew Elliot

4. The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Capon

5. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner.

These books are penned by men who are well-aware of their own brokenness before God and utter estrangement from even themselves. Over the years they have prodded me toward becoming more spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically whole as a person. By no means have I arrived, but I am indebted to these authors for their admonishments to not accept life as the way it is and to press on in the faith, finding a tender Abba Father in heaven who cares so deeply for me.

Tell us a little bit about your new release, The Reckless Love of God, and what inspired you to write it.

I was inspired to write the book a few years ago on vacation as I was thinking about and truly reveling in God’s love for the first time in my whole life. I had been a Christian since my teens, had graduated from seminary, and was pastoring my first church, but it had never really dawned on me that God knows me, loves me, and cares deeply for me, personally. [Click to Tweet!]

I wanted to write something meaningful that calls attention to the most scandalous thing in the world—God Almighty loves us as we are.

My aim is to say that God himself has burned in everlasting love for you before time began and has stopped at nothing in his pursuit of capturing our hearts and demonstrating this life-changing reality.

What are key pieces of advice you would give to those who struggle to believe that Jesus really does love them apart from their actions?

First, I’d say, Jesus loves them not just apart from their actions, but with their actions intact. That is to say, Jesus doesn’t turn a blind eye to sin. Rather, he engaged it and defeated it fully on the cross and in his resurrection. [Click to Tweet!]

Second, the ongoing narrative that we as Christians have to default to is that our word is not the ultimate authority in life. God’s Word is, and it hasn’t changed. Often, we need to dethrone ourselves, our opinions, and our harsh judgment that we lay on ourselves and feel free to drink deeply of the love of God. After all, if Jesus was breathing out prayers of forgiveness over those who had nailed him to the Cross, most certainly he burns in compassion for you today.

Finally, tell God when you question his love and ask him to help your unbelief. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. So go ahead and tell him it’s hard to believe sometimes. He can handle it.


Find assurance of God’s love for you in Alex Early’s The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel.

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12 Verses That Show God Is Everwhere—Even In The Small Stuff

God is in the Small Stuff

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

—Abraham Kuyper

Theologian Abraham Kuyper tells us that God is sovereign over every square inch. He is present in our lives, he hears our prayers, and his glory is evident across the globe. God is everywhere—even in the small stuff!

Authors Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz are passionate about helping people to meet, know, and enjoy the living God by recognizing him in the small stuff. You can find encouragement in their God Is in the Small Stuff series.

We have gathered 12 verses referenced by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz’s series that will encourage and remind you of God’s presence in every square inch:

Jeremiah 29:11–14 — “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Matthew 21:22 — “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” [Click to Tweet!]

2 Thessalonians 1:3 — “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.”

Isaiah 40:28 — “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

1 Peter 3:12 — “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Psalm 19:1 — “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” [Click to Tweet!]

Romans 1:20 — “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 — “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”

Matthew 6:33 — “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

1 Timothy 6:6-7 — “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world”

Matthew 6:25 — “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

James 1:2–3 — “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”


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Where Does Happiness Originate? A Guest Post from Randy Alcorn


Today’s guest post is by Vyrso’s Author of the Month, Randy Alcorn. In his new release, Happiness, Alcorn dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it.

Some people suppose happiness is uniquely human, unrelated to God’s nature: as he gave us a body and hunger, which he doesn’t have, he gave us a capacity for happiness, which he also doesn’t have. I believe something radically different—that God wants us happy because he’s happy!

To be godly is to resemble God. If God is unhappy, we’d need to pursue unhappiness, which is as likely as developing an appetite for gravel. If following Jesus means having to turn away from happiness, and we’re wired to want happiness, then we can only fail as Christians. Looking at Scripture carefully, we find a happy God who desires us to draw happiness from him. [Click to Tweet!] Yet how many Christians have ever heard a sermon, read a book, had a discussion about, or meditated on God’s happiness?

Not once at church, Bible college, or seminary did I hear about God’s happiness. I have no doubt it would have been surprising, memorable, and encouraging.

Though I studied the Bible continuously, somehow the hundreds of Scriptures indicating God’s pleasure, delight, and joy didn’t register. They were nullified by unbiblical statements I heard from pastors and authors, such as “God calls us to holiness, not happiness.” I’ve always been a voracious reader, inhaling books, including theological works, by the hundreds. But I didn’t read anything about the happiness of God until the late 1980s, after I’d been a pastor for ten years. John Piper’s books Desiring God and The Pleasures of God introduced me to a subject I should have heard about in my first few months attending church as a teenager.

Why did it take so long for me to hear what Scripture clearly teaches? Because God’s happiness simply wasn’t on my radar, nor that of my church or schools. God’s love, mercy, and grace were affirmed—not just his justice and wrath—so perhaps I should have deduced that God was happy. But the thought never occurred to me.

I believe it’s vital that we not leave our children and future generations of Christians to figure out for themselves that God is happy. Most never will. How can they, unless their families and churches teach them and demonstrate God-centered happiness in their own lives? We need to tell them that sin, suffering, shame, and unhappiness are temporary conditions for God’s people. [Click to Tweet!] We’ll once and for all be righteous, healthy, shame free, and happy. Once we’re in his presence, we’ll never again experience the anger, judgment, and discipline of God we see in Scripture (all of which are appropriate and important, but even now do not nullify his happiness or love).

I’m convinced that in the new universe—called in Scripture the New Heaven and the New Earth—the attribute of God’s happiness will be apparent everywhere. Upon their deaths, Christ won’t say to his followers, “Go and submit to your master’s harshness” but “Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21, NIV). Anticipating those amazing words can sustain us through every heartbreak and challenge in our present lives.


Read Randy Alcorn’s Happiness to learn more about celebrating happiness and joy.

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