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Growing in Grace- 6/14

From the blog this week: Memorize Psalm 1 With Me

Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Opportunity

“But while work may not be exciting and may not be particularly fulfilling, I’ve been struck recently by how much our joy can be improved or eroded by people who work very ordinary jobs. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that ordinary people working ordinary jobs have an extraordinary number of opportunities to improve or erode our joy.”

Spiritual Fruit Grows Slowly

“Those of us with fruit gardens know that fruit grows slowly, and often takes much time and thoughtfulness. When Paul uses this metaphor, he is reminding his audience that spiritual fruit is similar to physical fruit: both grow slowly.”

Death: An Evangelistic Motivator

“One of them died again. One of the neighbors I built a relationship with. One of the ones I planned to share the good news with. But I didn’t. They died before I did it. ”

Marriage is For Mission

“Marriage is not an end in itself but the means to an end. Namely, the mission of God. And God’s mission is to make himself known.”

Podcast: Calvinism 101 with Kevin DeYoung

“Who plays, ultimately, the decisive role in your salvation? We know that God uses lots of secondary means. He uses the preaching of the gospel, uses parents, he uses books, uses preachers, uses the Bible. But if you’re looking at two people and Person A believes and is saved and Person B does not, you try to explain why. You can give lots of answers: Oh, that person had a Christian background, that person didn’t. Okay, but keep going up. But why? Maybe they both had a Christian background. Well, that person had a bad experience in the church. That person didn’t. Okay, but lots of people have bad experiences in the church and still believe. But, why? And as you press in on that question, I think you can only come to one of two conclusions: either the why rests in us some little teeny bit of it. I chose. I saw. I made the decision. Something. Why?”

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