Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary. On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits. Don’t forget that.
Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.
Christianity recognizes our problem as a matter of character, of human nature.
It is helpful for us to examine our own hearts for signs of legalism, signs of places where we are trusting in or protecting our moral self-sufficiency for our identity.
Like a regular relationship, we have to see the warning signs here in our spiritual relationship. If we find ourselves intentionally avoiding or carelessly neglecting communion with God then we are on a troubling trajectory.
Was your church meeting disappointing this week? Do you find that there seems to be little life in the church? Are there troubles stirring? Are there way too many parking lot conversations? What can you do as a member to make things better?
From The Gospel Coalition, here are Collin Hansen, Stephen Um, and FTC's Jared Wilson discussing the differences and similarities in mission in urban and rural contexts.
I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.
Some helpful links defining and explaining the importance of gospel-centrality for the church.
I have discovered that there is quite a massive chasm between trusting God to do and trusting God to be. So what's the difference?