The expectations of an impatient culture run counter to the reality that growth is a long term process. But the conviction of that long-term expectation does not manifest itself in frustration, or in complacency and inactivity. Rather the expectation that we are growing like Jesus produces the immediate regular actions that produce that fruit. From …

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Last Saturday night I participated in a phone conversation that dealt with directions about various medical treatment choices that may or may not be needed for someone who is not capable of making those choices themselves. I found this article by Kathryn Butler at Desiring God covered a lot of the considerations that were being …

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Scott Hubbard writes about William Cowper, who on New Year’s Day 1773 was about to slip into a depression that would remain for the rest of his life. Anticipating that descending darkness Cowper wrote the hymn God Moves In A Mysterious Way. From Hubbard’s article: … before night fell on Cowper’s soul, he sat in …

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There’s a difference between a peacemaker and a conflict avoider. David Mathis writes about How Do Pastors Pick Their Fights? and makes some points about the character of pastors, which is meant to be a model for the character of Christians. Healthy pastors are peacemakers at heart, not pugilists. They don’t fight for sport; they …

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In an age and a culture that expects polish and encourages perfectionism, the tendency to import these values into worship is at best seen as a ‘bait and switch’ tactic of appealing to the non-Christian’s expectations in order to introduce them to Jesus. There is a legitimate aim in that desire. But unrelenting exposure to …

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Abigail Dodds writes an article that directly addresses women, but speaks to the experience of every Christian. She contends that increasing age should represent a growth in more that the number of candles on our birthday cakes. Now, instead of growing old, we are growing new. The mature Christian woman is the one who has …

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