Tag Archives: growing in Christ

Counsel That Transcends Circumstance

Whatever it meant to be one of the “exiles of the Dispersion”, you sense life isn’t easy for those Peter is writing to in 1 Peter. Life’s not going “swimmingly.” Far from it, you sense. Instead, it seems kind of … Continue reading

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A Use It or Lose It Thing

That they were struggling is evident. That they were complicit is also evident. To be sure, taking a stand for Jesus within the predominant Jewish community of the first century wasn’t for the faint of heart. While many believed that … Continue reading

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More and More

I wonder if we’re governed too often, or too much, by the fear that if you give an inch they’ll take a mile. Or, if we’re too prone to think about just doing our part and letting others do their … Continue reading

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Enriched

Three words. That’s what I’m chewing on this morning. Two of those words popping, I’m sure, because of a book I’ve been reading by Rankin Wilbourne on the doctrine of our Union with Christ — in which one of the … Continue reading

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Belief and Behavior

Been reading a book on asking the right questions when it comes to thinking through how to be intentional in leading people in the church towards following Christ. It’s what we’re commissioned to do, “Go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19-20). … Continue reading

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These Qualities

I’m wondering if they couldn’t be considered the poor cousin of the fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Not as many. Not as well known. Have never seen a graphic, or heard even one song about them. While Paul’s list in … Continue reading

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Divine Discontentment

Thomas Edison once said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” Said differently the great inventor knew that “satisfaction is the grave of progress.” With a view of what could be, Edison seems to have refused being content with what … Continue reading

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Turn, Turn, Turn

Don’t really know why the word popped off the page this morning (though I have my suspicions . . . an encounter of the divine kind, perhaps?). But it did. A word that I’m thinking doesn’t really play all that … Continue reading

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Retaining by Advancing

For Paul there was no standing still. If he wasn’t moving forward, then he knew he was going backward. If he put it in neutral he knew that was just reverse with an N on it. Coasting was to be … Continue reading

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Subdued, Divided, But Not Settled

Continuing to read in Joshua . . . the less exciting part . . . the mapping out the land part. The big battles are done. For the most part the desert wanderers delivered from Egyptian bondage have moved in. … Continue reading

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