Truth and grace lie on a spectrum. Some of us place a high value on truth. We proclaim boldly and are strong proponents of the counsel of Scripture. Others reside in grace. These people are the type of friend you call first when you’re hurting. Incredibly, Jesus embodies both grace and truth. Where do you need his balance of these two attributes in your life today?
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.
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.
Discipline of Worship: The Key of Balance
We are called to worship in spirit and truth. To worship in spirit means to worship from within, no matter where we are. To worship in truth means to worship Him as he is revealed in Scripture, to worship Him for who the Bible says He is, not our personal views of God. Also, when we worship in spirit and truth, we grow in our faith, which should be our goal.
Can You Trust the Bible?
The Bible is unique because of the complexity of its composition and the power of its message. Unlike many pieces of literature, the Bible invites scrutiny, and welcomes investigation into its accuracy. In this post, Eric tells a personal story of how examining the Bible strengthened his faith and brought his friend into relationship with Christ.
Thinking Honestly About the Lord’s Prayer
If we have been in church for more than a few years, we know the Lord’s Prayer by heart and often recite it by rote. It is one prayer that transcends all of Christendom from Catholics, to Protestants to the Orthodox church and everything in between.