Spiritual Growth

Dealing with Anger – A 3-Part Solution

Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”.   Anger will come at times in your life, so what does God’s Word have to say about handling anger properly? First, Scripture tells us to (1) “be angry, and sin not: …

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What Does it Mean to “Grow in Grace”?

The standard definition of grace in evangelical Christianity is usually summed up with these two words:  “unmerited favor”.  This is a really good definition, but I think it needs to be fleshed out a bit further.  More specifically, grace is God asking us to be with Him, growing in our walk with him. God walked…

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How Sin Develops

James 1:15:  “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James lays out how sin develops in a person’s life: lust (sinful desire) is conceived in the heart, it gives birth to sin (it manifests itself in sinful behavior), it causes damage in their life…

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Exercising Yourself to Praise Others

  While Scripture consistently teaches people to humble themselves (2 Chronicles 7:14, Luke 14:11, James 4:6, James 4:10, etc.), we also find God lifting up and praising people in His Word.  For example, God’s Word takes an entire chapter to praise the woman of Proverbs 31:1-31, culminating in this phrase:  “Honor her for all that her…

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Hold things Loosely

Some of the world’s greatest poets have latched onto the idea that we ought to hold things in life loosely.  Below is the entirely of the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling, with the pertinent sections about “holding things loosely” in bold.  There is a significant amount of wisdom in this poem!  After the poem, I…

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