Craig Barnes writes in reflection on pastoral life and includes and observation about the repetitious nature of pastoral care. Frustration, care, and even and ambition can lead a pastor to resentment that care and growth are not done in one, but return again and again. Growth is the desired outcome, but the character of God …

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Applying the Bible in new covenant terms encourages disciples of Jesus to know who they are, to know the life that is our relationship with God. Otherwise application can simply sound like stop this, do that, try harder; it can sound like every negative experience either means you’ve done something wrong, or you simply need …

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Life seems to be waiting. The next step. The next stage. The Bible reminds us of those whose faith was expressed and refined in waiting. Even those of us who have the revelation of the new covenant are waiting for the fulfilment of all things. And our lives are marked by waiting as we move …

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Though Spiritual, Christian growth and maturity are now magical occurrences; they are product of time, diligent use of the means provided by God, and desire for growth. Enabling others to be aware of the effort and commitment of Christian growth encourages them to follow the walk the same course. Kristin Pichura reflects on the visible …

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