Jeremiah 29:11 Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means
We quote it, share it with grieving friends, and cross-stitch it onto pillows. But do we truly know what it means? In order to understand its meaning, we have to hang out in the preceding chapter, understanding the history of Israel, the nature of the exile, and the promise of the future. In this story, God gives us holy hope that this world is not all there is. –Mary DeMuth.
The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control
We become trustworthy, faithful, gentle and self-controlled when we are building a right, growing relationship with God. True intimacy with God is not found in our feelings, works, or even by having the right theology. Rather, true intimacy is our deep affection and knowledge of Christ, practiced by our trust. The fruits of the spirit are a sign of that intimacy.
Stewards vs Owners
As an American, Amy shares that she was raised to be self-sufficient. Like her, we often believe that our money is ours, our talents are ours and so on. However, the Bible does not teach ownership, but rather stewardship. If we see ourselves as stewards, we begin to understand that all that we have is not actually ours and we can use what we have to God’s glory.
Why It Matters – The Trinity
In the “Why It Matters” series, we will be taking a look at some of the essential tenets of Christianity. In this first post, Chris offers a compelling case for why we should care about the doctrine of the Trinity - Father, Son and holy Spirit. What is a doctrine that you would like explored in this series, or how can we help you grow in your understanding? Let us know!
What Exodus Teaches Us About Navigating Change
God didn’t just reassure his people, he also declared a new thing in Isaiah 43 and through the story of Exodus. A new thing is needed because things have changed – Israel is in exile. When God is doing a new thing, we must not get in the way. God calls us to adapt to the changes we face, and in doing so, we keep his message of hope fresh and our trust in him secure.
The Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Joy
God's love must be our model for our personal life, our church life and our relationships. It must flow into us from Christ and flow out from us to those around us. Joy recognizes that Christ will lift us up, it sees the hope to come and takes delight even in harsh times. God’s joy (and the joyous knowledge of His love) must carry us through all of our experiences.