Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Thought of the day—

When in the heat of a tough situation or relationship; when needing to make a decision in life or toward spiritual direction, be very, very careful not to lean on your own understanding. It is not only unwise, but unbiblical to make any independent decision without much prayer and without seeking wise counsel from multiple sources. These sources must go beyond family members to ensure input is both objective and without bias due to family ties. We need mature Christians who will tell us not necessarily what we want to hear, but love us enough to give us sound Biblical advice, even if contrary to our own understanding, desires, and emotions (Proverbs 3:5-7).

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The Apostle Paul’s Prayer for Experiential Christianity – Part 5

A study of the prayers of the Apostle Paul is rich not only in doctrinal truth but practical Christianity. In his second prayer in the letter the Ephesians, the petitions define the high of Christian experience – to know the love of Christ and the fullness of God. It is in praying and seeing the Lord answer this prayer that we enter into the true Biblical experience of the Christian life – walking under the control of Christ’s incredibly love. In part five of the examination of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3, Pastor Jim talks about where Paul asks God to apply His power; our innermost being.

Pursuing a Holy Life: The Motivations

The chief aim in the life of a Christian is to glorify God by conforming more and more into His image and that of being holy. And holiness is a necessity to endure suffering with joy for without holiness, we cannot fellowship with Him who is our joy. In the Apostle Peter’s instructions to the suffering Christians in Asia Minor, his exhortation to holiness is an invitation to know Him who is our joy and strength in suffering.

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