Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading
Posted in Change, Character, Christian life, Church growth, Counseling, Following Christ, Gospel-centered, Grace, Holy Spirit, Hope?, Image of God, Judgment seat of Christ, Mission statement, New Christian, New Creation, Parenting, Pastors, Personal devotions, Purity, Quiet Time, Salvation, Sanctification, Scripture, Spirit filled, Spiritual Detox, Spiritual disciplines, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Trials, Victory, Walking with God, Will of God
Tagged how to grow as a christian, Maturity, Resources for spiritual growth, spiritual growth
Politics, culture and the role of law are agents of change that seem essential to our existence. These means offer limited solutions to some of our problems and offer the potential to promote human flourishing. But we have a deeper need that cannot be addressed through these agents of change.
Posted in Addiction, Anthropology, Atheism, Behavior, Change, Character, Christian life, Christian worldview, Church and State, Common grace, Counseling, Earth, Evil in the world, God's Love, God's power, Gospel, Government, Guidelines for living, Hope?, Human depravity, Human dignity, Main problem, Politics, Regeneration, Salvation, Sin, Spiritual growth, Spiritual transformation, Worldview
Tagged deeper change needed, help me change, limits of politics
A helpful list of 10 things that expose immature Christians. Continue reading
Emotional reactions to past hurts and injuries give us a feeling of justified relief or emotional retaliation.
Yet those who choose emotional drugs often fail to realize that they are giving extended life to the damage. They allow an abuser or neglecter to extend his control and spread his damage to those who are close to us. Continue reading
Posted in 18 Year factor, Change, Complaceny, Complaining, Depression, Despair, Emotions, Spiritual transformation, Wisdom
Tagged anger, overcoming past hurts, resentment, self-pity, self-sympathy
How are you doing? Feeling exhausted and weak? Helpless? Maybe hopeless?
You are in a good place for seeing … Continue reading
Posted in Christian life, Depression, Despair, discouraged, Discouragement, feeling hopeless, Hope?, Pain, Sanctification, Spiritual growth, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Trials
Tagged Does God care?, feeling discouraged, Feeling hopeless, feeling weak, helpless
Perspective is a key word when it comes to the quality of life. It’s also something important to God’s will for our lives. One of the primary practical functions of Scripture is the way it shapes our perspective. Continue reading
Posted in 18 Year factor, Anger, Assurance, Change, Christian worldview, Complaceny, Complaining, Depression, Discouragement, God's Love, God's Will, Gospel-centered, Resentment, Scripture, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Walking with God, Wisdom
Tagged personal devotions, reading the bible, Role of the Bible, Scripture
If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading
Posted in Blessed by God, Christian life, Christian worldview, Christianity, Church Leadership, Conflict, Contentment, Depravity, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Doubt, Encouragement, Eternal life, Eternal security, Faith, God's Patience, God's Heart, God's Love, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Guidelines for living, Holy Spirit, Hope?, Meaning of life, Pastors, Salvation, Sanctification, Spirit filled, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Temptation, Trials
Tagged Christian life is not easy, Life hurts, Life with God is hard, new Christians must know this, spiritual growth, Suffering, Trials, When life is hard