The blessed life- we want it, but what is it from God’s perspective? How can we forfeit worry and anticipate provision in the Kingdom of God? Who is truly secure? Who is blessed? What is life about? Well, it certainly is not about how much you own, as some would lead us to believe.
In this blog we will discuss what it means to live by the Spirit and how it relates to renewing the mind. How do we uproot the instinctive performances of destructive habits? Are we hopeless in the arena of practical righteousness? If not, then how do we find our way forward?
If you could change, would you? Deep lasting change, change programmed into our bodies (the biblical term is members) is pictured in the way we have been conditioned/ trained/ programmed to know how to drive to our houses from familiar places in the city. This conditioning/ practice/ training happens through consistent following of particular instructions or directions.
Love is the ingredient working in our lives to conspire with God for the good of the world and its cities. Do you have a heart throbbing with love for your city? Is it a colossal, ginormous, gargantuan heart like your Father’s heart? Jesus, most compassionately, taught us to pray the Father’s desire for our cities- for the world.
This morning during my time with the Lord reading His Word, praying to see and savor His glory that is found in His Word, I came across these verses in Acts 14:21-22, "When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."
Hello Renewal Church! I wanted to take a few moments and say how thankful and excited I am to begin my new role at the church as Family Pastor. Our family has now been at Renewal Church for over a year, and we are so blessed to have found such an amazing church to call home. We can’t imagine being anywhere else! And God has truly provided for us
An aspect of our faith that can inspire us toward forgiveness is the understanding of our inherent moral weakness, which inclines us to perpetually offend God- a God who perpetually forgives. The acknowledgment of sin in ourselves includes us as contributors to humanity’s problem. What a savory little taste humble pie for us all.
In my last blog I used the term discovery bible study. What is a discovery bible study? It is a simple means of studying scripture that is highly participatory in contrast to being “preachy.” A series of simple questions are asked repeatedly in order to extract truth from the passage. Questions are asked and answered until the participant(s) feel that all the possible answers have been exhausted. One thing we must aim to do in discovery bible study is to let the participants actually discover what is in the passage. Don’t teach, don’t preach, just discover.
On Wednesday, May 13th, I was meeting with a disciple, whose name is Gannon. I want to share with you a goal we set in response to a study of the Widow’s mite in Mark 12. But before we begin I’d like to inform you of how our time together was facilitated. Usually we start by caring for each other’s soul: praying for each other and confessing sin. Afterward we read a psalm, which functions as the means by which we would ascribe worth to God (worth-ship/worship).