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In Psalm 26 we learn that the spiritually mature are open to the Lord, obey out of God’s acceptance rather than for his acceptance, reject godless community, are marked by gratitude, are faithful in public worship, and view life theologically. It's a life that wants to please God regardless and model's Christ's life regardless.…
 
Spiritual adolescence is the season where we have both the knowledge of an adult and the capacity of an adult, but still lack the wisdom of how to put that knowledge into godly living. Common areas of needed growth are: Selfish Division, Personal Immaturity, Sexual Immorality, and Unrestrained Liberty.…
 
There are definite and fixed stages of through which we must pass in route to becoming spiritually mature. The Bible uses the analogy of physical development. They are Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood. We all start at the same place and we all go through the same stages. Identifying and understanding where we are and where we want to …
 
Spiritual maturity means such things as being fully developed, wise in the ways of life, and a determination to submit to God. It includes self-discipline, a determination to obey the Bible, and a commitment to know Christ and be like Christ and tell others about Christ, every day, all the time. All of that with an attitude of contentment and joy.…
 
The Bible describes the city of man as primarily being a place of darkness, death, and unbelief. And every person is born into the city of man, but in God's goodness he chooses to bring some, through a new birth, into the city of God. You become a citizen of this city through the light of the gospel of Jesus and his death for sin, a new life in Chr…
 
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a turning point for the 1st century believers in the book of Acts, and Christian’s today still live under that same power and influence. The boldness, courage, and strength the early disciples had didn’t come from sheer force of will power or good intentions. It came from the assurances they had because the resu…
 
If we are going to become a church like the early church, then we must be a church centered upon Christ. To do that, we must look to the Scriptures for our model of a Christ-centered church. Paul’s opening passage of thanksgiving to God for the Philippian church shows us what the realities of a Christ-centered church looks like.…
 
It's essential for life and ministry to intentional be set aside or set apart to enter a time of deep soul searching, learning from God’s word, but more importantly personal rearrangement of your life and lifestyle. To form habits in the private part of your life that will be essential for godliness, relationships, and ministry.…
 
God is all knowing and unchanging. No detail escapes notice. Faithful to complete his plans. But when it comes to our experience He deliberately surprises us with difficult assignments. Sometimes he uses surprises to expose a sin, cultivate a Christ like quality in us or open a door of ministry. But he always supplies sufficient grace to handle the…
 
As a church grows and becomes more programmed, individuals can be overlooked. Add to that the scattering of our membership during the pandemic and it can be hard to know who is still with us. There may be individuals asking: Does anyone even know my marriage is struggling or that I’m engrossed in sin or facing financial hardship? Do they even care?…
 
After Jesus was presented in the Temple, two elderly persons rejoiced at the sight of him. The woman, Anna, shows us how ordinary obedience, even in life’s drudgeries and setbacks, is how God chooses to work in extraordinary ways. In quiet obedience, she models who we are, what we are, and why we are, always pointing to where we are—in Jesus.…
 
It’s Christmas. He’s given us another one. Yet another season of time to reflect and respond to him. Do you know him? Have you felt compelled by his life today? What did he cause you to feel? Amazement, astonishment, marveling, questions? Has there been a time where you believed? When you said Jesus you became sin for my sake.…
 
These are great days in which to live as a Christian. We have the opportunity and calling to boldly make known the person and work of Jesus Christ. This requires courage. This courage comes through a humble dependence on God's sovereignty and power, as well as our personal dependence and involvement with fellow believers.…
 
Religion is the enemy of authentic Christianity. It seeks to intimidate any who oppose it and it's based on human wisdom. It rejects it's need for Christ and it lacks God's power. Authentic Christianity, has the hope of resurrection, the confidence of the Spirit's power, and the promise of salvation. The main thing we need is a relationship with Je…
 
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