After many cycles of spiritual growth and dryness in my own life, I have learned the value of ‘banking’ spiritual graces.
We are all inclined to boast, some are more subtle than others. Paul really goes for it in Colossians 1:17-18, starting with a John-like comment about Christ existing before all things and holding everything together, he then says that Jesus is head of the church before returning to speak of the beginning and Christ’s supremacy […]
In Genesis 3:17-19 God consigns Adam to a lifelong battle with weeds. Churches are not exempt from this relentless toil. On this past Saturday afternoon half our church turned up for a ‘summer clean’ of the buildings and grounds. We certainly toiled, the women ‘glowed’ and the guys dripped with the sweat of their brows. […]
Love one another with brotherly affection. (Romans 12:10) Our church had a ‘bring and share’ service today – no sermon, instead members of the congregation shared how God has been at work in their lives. One person spoke of God’s grace in helping overcome character weaknesses, a family of God’s sustaining them through a tough […]