Growing in Grace- Links 12/20

From the blog this week: What Does Scripture Teach About Joy?

Grace: The Dominant Note of Christmas

“So the eternal Word of God took on human flesh, and in that way the divine Son of God—who never had an origin, and never came into being, and was God, but was also with God— became man. And in doing this, he made the glory of God visible in a wholly new way. And this divine glory, uniquely manifest in the Son of God, was full of grace and truth. And from that fullness we receive grace upon grace.”

Navigating Grief During the Holidays

“Nancy Guthrie discusses dealing with grief over the holidays. She reflects on her own experiences of great loss and suffering, shares what God has taught her about his healing grace in her own life, and offers advice to family members and friends eager to love those struggling with deep sadness this holiday season.”

Dad Died with Dirt on His Hands

“That gospel, that good news, promises a day will come when all will be renewed and all will be made right. Souls will be reunited with bodies and relationships separated by death will be restored. There will be a new heaven and a new earth—a new earth that, like this one, will need to be cared for. And though I don’t know exactly how things will work there, I’m pretty sure I know just where I’ll be able to track down my dad.”

He Made Them Male and Female: Sex, Gender and the Image of God

“Postmodernism, coming out of romanticism and existentialism, tells us that “you are what you feel.” Thus, experience reigns supreme, and everything else must bow before it. Sola experientia (“experience alone”) has won out over sola Scriptura(“Scripture alone”).”

Plan Not to Fail in Your Quiet Time

“This is very important with regard to our discipleship. We often fail to account for the effort we are called to exert in growing in grace. We don’t lay out a plan or a course for our lives, and so instead of developing the spiritual muscles for growth in God or a mind that is in sync with the mind of God, we just allow ourselves to drift along, hoping we’ll eventually get to the spiritual maturity we know we should be pursuing.”

How to Make Time to Read

“I wanted to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to help build reading into my regular rhythms.”

James Williams

Trying to live this life to the glory of God and help others in the process. Only by His grace!

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