Category: Christian Growth

Remodeling Begins in the Heart

I have been reading through A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, and the Lord has used that book and our home remodeling project to remind me that I am still under construction. There are still issues of the heart that must be put to death by the Spirit of God in my life. Anger, discontent, impatience, unkindness, just to name a few of the things that have been rattling around my thoughts, beliefs, and desires the past several days. These are all “self-sins” as Tozer puts it; all focused solely on my favorite idol- me.

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Sanctification Is Not A Self-Improvement Project

It’s Not A Self-Improvement Project When contemplating change, I have found it is important to change for the right reasons. When talking with a person the other day, I learned she recently stopped eating sweets until Easter. She said that she thought it was the “Christian” thing to do. She thought God would bless her for her efforts, and that her life would be better as a result. I have found that a significant number of Christians approach progressive sanctification as a self-improvement project.  While there is certainly nothing wrong with giving up sweets, I do believe it is...

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Are You Fearful of God?

You don’t need me to tell you that at this point in history we have more reasons than ever before to be fearful, anxious and to worry. Our economy is faltering, every day there is a new story of terrorism, we live with threats, shootings, and natural disasters. Many of the Old Testament saints struggled with fear and worry. Great men like Moses (Ex. 3:11, Ex. 4:1, Ex. 4:10, 4:13), or King Saul (1 Samuel 15:21-22). The first woman, Eve, struggled with the serpent in the OT narrative (Gen. 3) of being afraid she was going to miss something...

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The Double-Edged Sword

I used to be a talker. I wanted people around me all the time and if I didn’t have them in person I was on the phone with them. As the years have gone by and most especially in the last decade of my life I realize that I am changed. I love people, I love to serve and minister and counsel, but I am no longer one for idle chatter like I used to be. As I think about how and why this changed, I would have to say that what had the greatest impact on me was...

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