Do you sometimes think and act as if God is only concerned about whether you keep rules? In this article you’ll learn why Christianity isn’t concerned about what you do or do not do, and what it is concerned about instead. Listen to this message below.
In this article you’ll find the 3 functions of the heart according to the Bible, and how they relate to each other. This will help you. begin to see why you do what you do, so you can begin to confront the patterns of your flesh.
I want to do the best I can to help believers grow in Christlikeness and service to the Lord and His church. Last year was a learning year for me. I created my first online course, made some mistakes, and learned a huge amount about how to serve you better. I want to help more people, and over the last while I’ve had to rethink how I do that with my time and resource constraints. The result is the Spiritual Growth Membership.
Have you ever had a new years resolution that you didn’t keep? If you’re like me, a better question might be, Have I ever kept a new years resolution? If we’ve reviewed our maturity and determined to prioritize the pursuit of holiness, we need to have an action plan that will bring it about. It isn’t enough to want to be holy. We need to arrange our schedule and our lives in order to become holy.
If you’re considering reviewing your spiritual growth this year so that you can have an effective pattern of growth next year, there are two things to review. Last time, we looked at reviewing our growth in character over the year. Assessing our growth in maturity is helpful after we’ve planned and executed on a plan. But when it comes to biblical growth, there are two things that are pivotal; purpose and action. Let’s talk about how your purpose effects your growth. .
As we come to the end of a calendar year, it is often helpful to review where we’ve come from in order to prepare better for the following year. There are two areas of our spiritual life to consider as we review our spiritual growth throughout the year. In this article, we’ll consider how we can assess growth in character. In the next article we’ll assess how our spiritual disciplines have contributed to this growth.
Have you ever heard of a pastor falling into gross sin? Did you stop to wonder why it happened? Every situation is different, but there are several commonalities, one of which is the breakdown of the devotional life. In most cases, the individual stops having a quiet time. In some cases, they maintain their devotions, but in reality, they are meeting with a God of their own imagination. Whether you’re counseling, a pastor or serving at a church picnic, your quiet time can set you up for ministry success. Here are 6 ways a focus on your quiet time helps achieve ministry success.
I’m reminded of Jesus’ question to the paralytic in John 5:6, “Do you wish to get well?” It seems like an odd question to ask someone that has been sitting on the side of the road asking for money every day for many years. I’m sure the casual reader would think, “Of course he does! Who wouldn’t?” But what if the paralytic had said no? It isn’t a hypothetical question at all. And when it comes to the pride that plagues the soul, this question is pertinent. Do you want to be well from your spiritual cancer? If so there are three key commitments you’ll need. (more…)
If you had cancer, you’d want to know, right? Nobody wants to be ignorant when a little bit more of them dies each day. Nobody who finds out they have cancer will do nothing. Instead, we will get help, research all the possible treatments, and make whatever changes are necessary to eradicate it from our body. But we won’t do any of this if we don’t know what this spiritual cancer is or how subtle and destructive it is. (more…)
We’ve all heard the saying, “pride comes before the fall.” We find this saying in Proverbs 16:18. But how does this happen? What is this “fall” and how can we avoid it? There are at least 5 reasons pride comes before the fall. (more…)