The power to grow

Spiritual growth and maturity is of concern to most Christians. But, sadly, many do not seem to know what is needed to be able to grow and mature. Where do we find the power that gives us spiritual growth?

When we look at Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Colossae, we discover that spiritual growth was on his mind. He wanted them to grow so that they could live lives that honoured Jesus. Continue reading “The power to grow”

Learn by doing

Every so often a quote by Lucille Ball appears on social media: “I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not done.” Though expressed in a negative way, the sentiment highlights the importance of action.

A Christian has a positive perspective on action. Little can be learned or gained from inaction. In Scripture, failure to act is frowned upon, mostly. “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, …” Acts 22.16. The Bible condemns laziness and indolence. The Lord does not know those who call him Lord but fail to do God’s will, Matthew 7.21-23. Continue reading “Learn by doing”

A new-year start with sundry thoughts

Thoughts fly at the beginning of a new year, almost as fast as the time that brought it. Here are a few items on my personal radar that might encourage you or provide you with an idea or two.

¶ I mentioned January 1st that for 2018 I’d be reading Ed Mathews’s daily devotional work, “Plow New Ground.” It’s meaty in dealing with the text and brings powerful application to our walk with God. I hope to post a daily comment and focus question on my microblog. Come follow that or pop in on occasion to exchange some ideas.

¶ Ye olde mission statement is getting tweaked, and a new Bible verse for the year is in the process of being chosen. All that ought to get nailed down this week. In the meantime, read this short piece to be pondered frequently, “Daily Attitudes.” Continue reading “A new-year start with sundry thoughts”

Leave it be!

It’s that time of the year again; garden and yard cleanup! The chore of getting all the old debris and fallen leaves out of the flower beds should really be put off until after the last frost, but most of us just can’t help ourselves.

We see new life sprouting up from the ground; and as a way of greeting our favorite perennial plants, we prematurely pull away the leaves that might have protected them against a cold snap. Leaves and plant debris around the soil can act to insulate against frosty temperatures. Continue reading “Leave it be!”

Watch for leaps of growth

It is absolutely true that God works over time in our lives to mature and sanctify us. Each day for the saint is a day of learning, growth, and a continual drawing near to him (1 Peter 2:4). Each experience, each moment of suffering, each opportunity for service provides the disciple with gradual steps toward the final goal of full sanctification and eternal life. Continue reading “Watch for leaps of growth”

God’s eternal fatherhood: more harm than good?

“…if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” (John 8:19)

The notorious atheist Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) once argued in a debate that having an “eternal Father” is one of the most detestable things he could imagine, and it was one of the worst constructs of the Christian religion. Continue reading “God’s eternal fatherhood: more harm than good?”

Spiritual vegetarians

When a baby is born, they are fed milk or formula until they are able to handle solid food. As we grow, we have a greater say over our diet.

Some choose to become meat eaters while others become vegetarians. Neither is inherently right or wrong since you can find a host of experts and advocates on both sides.

Spiritually, though, we can be more certain. In the Bible, God uses diet to refer to spiritual maturity. New Christians can’t handle the advanced teaching that may be a normal meal for a mature Christian. Continue reading “Spiritual vegetarians”