Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth

Growing in Grace- Links 1/18

From the blog this week: Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching, Blogging as a Local Ministry, and Marks of a Healthy Church: Biblical Theology. Beyond the Numbers Game “Would we be grateful for a small team or begrudge it? Would we thank and honor the Lord with the few or demand that he give us many? Would it feel worth it if only a handful … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 1/18

Cultural Christianity vs. Biblical Christianity, sheep vs. goats, 2 Corinthians 13:5

Cultural “Christianity” vs. Biblical Christianity

A few weeks ago I preached a sermon attempting to differentiate between cultural Christianity and biblical Christianity. Check it out here. I hope it is helpful to you!   To listen to the audio blog, you can subscribe on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play, or Podbean. Thank you for reading/listening and I pray it ministers to you! Continue reading Cultural “Christianity” vs. Biblical Christianity

biblical theology, 9 marks of a healthy church, big story of scripture, why study doctrine?

Marks of a Healthy Church- Biblical Theology

A tear runs down the cheek of your friend as they tell you their teenager is rebelling and they’ve tried all they can but nothing is working. A family member has lost their job but the mortgage payments keep coming, and they tell you they are considering giving “in faith” to that TV evangelist who promises they’ll receive back their gift a hundred-fold. A co-worker … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- Biblical Theology

Writing, blogging, Tim Challies, Local ministry

Blogging as a Local Ministry

Tim Challies recently wrote on the need for Christians to continue writing on their personal blog instead of only writing for major ministry sites. He made several compelling points, but it was his final point that most resonated with me. He states: …You may think that “everyone” reads these big ministry blogs. They don’t. Just ask around at church and you’ll see that the majority … Continue reading Blogging as a Local Ministry

Marks of a healthy church, expositional preaching, theology

Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching

How can we determine if a church is healthy? What are the indicators we should look for? Some might say that numbers are the determining factor…but surely there healthy churches that are small. Others might judge a church as healthy by the number of programs it offers, how entertaining the services are, or by the amount of weekly giving. While these factors seem to receive … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth

Growing in Grace- Links 1/4

From the blog this week: Fighting Bitterness With Beauty You Need Not Worry About Next Year “However the last year has been for you, God could not have been more good to you than he has been.” Comforting Quotes For Those Who Are Suffering “We all go through difficult times in these difficult lives in this broken world, and a book like this one delivers … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 1/4

fighting bitterness with beauty, god's majesty, theology

Fighting Bitterness With Beauty

Some seasons of life are filled with exuberant jubilation; each day provides exciting opportunities and the Lord seems to grant every request. Then there are times where it feels like nothing goes right, prayers appear to go unanswered, and evil seems to prevail. The never-ending tsunami of bad news is suffocating, and time stands still in the situations you just want to escape. You feel … Continue reading Fighting Bitterness With Beauty

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth

Growing in Grace- Links 12/28

From the blog this week- Light Has Pierced the Darkness: A Poem What is the Rapture? “My understanding of the New Testament is that Jesus promised he would return, and that in this returning, he would do a final rescue for those who are trusting him and a final judgment for those who are not believing in him. I don’t think there are two comings … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 12/28

Light pierced the darkness, Christmas, Poetry

Light Has Pierced the Darkness: A Poem

My bitter heart grows heavy, another unanswered prayer, How long O Lord, until you answer And rid the body of this cancer, No, this isn’t fair! My pleas just hit the ceiling, silence fills the air, Now my pain the great enhancer, Taking joy, no more a dancer, How much do you care? Christmas a reminder, The promises you kept, Light has pierced the darkness. … Continue reading Light Has Pierced the Darkness: A Poem

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth

Growing in Grace- Links 12/21

From the blog this week: Lasting Joy Among The Waves The Number 1 Reason for Decline in Church Attendance “Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing.” What Does it Mean to be Led by the Holy Spirit? “But if we rely solely upon … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 12/21