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(Yesterday on the blog: What Makes the Spiritual Gifts Discussion Different)
This is quite consistent with our experience at Grace Fellowship Church. “There have been plenty of articles about why Millennials – those twenty somethings – are not coming to church. Plenty of time and attention towards what would bring them back. Well, in our church at the moment plenty of Millennials ARE coming.”
“The antidote to doctrinal righteousness is a personal faith and hope in Christ alone, which leads to personal humility and compassionate love. Theology doesn’t save you; Jesus does. And that creates humility and grace in the heart.”
Yes! “The American church, at least in my experience, tends to be lackluster in prayer. This is especially evident in corporate worship services. It can be hard to find an evangelical church service that even contains one three-minute prayer. Yet Jesus said, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’ (Matt. 21:13).”
This is an important challenge to Christian leaders. “Our spiritual enemy is brilliant, an expert in human behavior, and evil in all of his intentions toward every believer. He is especially so toward spiritual leaders, not because they have greater intrinsic value but because their demise is strategic. I am often reminded that in bowling it is very difficult to get a strike if you do not hit the head pin.”
Please do use the creeds and learn to rely on them. “While councils may err and have erred to the point of even contradicting each other in the middle ages, the early ecumenical councils carry the assent of all Christians everywhere and have right up to the present. Why should we tolerate as shepherds among us anyone whose teaching fails to conform to the clear consensus of the whole Christian church from its earliest days?”
“Picture five draft horses harnessed together, steadily pulling a plow. Those five strong horses represent five graces that I have seen the Spirit often use to draw souls to Jesus. When applied to children, these graces can patiently nurture and till the soil of a child’s heart, even before regeneration. I have given these five graces names: drawing grace, leading grace, understanding grace, displaying grace, and paying-attention grace. Each grace has a distinct theme, with some overlap, and each is filled with extraordinary potential.”
This may be helpful to you. “For the entire history of my marriage game nights have been a source of entertainment and wintertime encouragement. Upstate New York doesn’t have the worst winters in the world (trust me, I grew up in Alaska!) but they certainly aren’t easy and passing the time with joy can be a struggle. Enter the game night solution. Among other things we have done to flourish in the winter, periodic game nights have added an element of fun that is often lacking with long, cold days spent primarily inside.”
We love people best not by meddling but by staying far out of their affairs. Make it your ambition to stay in your lane, to humbly give your full attention to those few responsibilities God has called you to.
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This is the key to enjoying eternal security — entrust yourself to God. For he will preserve you and bring you safely to your heavenly home. —Todd Wilson