Motivated by Grace.  Then what’s stopping me?

Since grace is the desire and ability to do the right thing (see my previous posts), why is it that I still sometimes feel unmotivated?  What is stopping me, or rather, what is stopping God’s grace from enabling me to “work with all of his energy” - which so powerfully worked in Paul?  (Col 1:29).

In a word, pride. 

What I Learned about Worship: Childhood

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing stories from my life which mark turning points in my understanding of the meaning of worship in the life of the believer and the church. This week: Childhood.

I grew up in a small Southern Baptist church in Northern Michigan. My dad was an elder and my mom played the organ. The pastor’s wife was the pianist. We sang a lot of hymns. My friend and I used to see who could open the hymnal to the exact right page on the first try. We were successful more often than you might imagine. We sang a lot of hymns. In many respects our church had the epitome of the “traditional” worship service.

Present Grace is Provision

As I mentioned last week, I am reading How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp.  The book focuses on what difference Jesus really makes in our everyday life. How does the grace we receive in the present form the way we think and act?

Last week I outlined what the book said about how denying present grace blinds us to our true identity. Today, I would like to reflect on the spiritual blindness to God’s provision.

Resting and working - at the same time!  Part 2

The question I raised last week was: “How is it that Paul - the apostle of grace, is also so incredibly motivated to work?” 

Many people work hard at “religion” - sometimes very hard.  They do so because they’re convinced that working hard - doing “good works” - is the way to earn God’s blessing and acceptance.  But, Paul’s writings (and the Bible as a whole) make it clear that salvation (pleasing God) is based not on our “works”, but rather on grace - God’s grace - and we respond and participate in that grace through our trusting his Word (faith).  “Grace” is the gift of God - it something that comes from him, and that he gives us without us deserving it or earning it on our own. 

Glory to God Forever

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:28-30

Five Ways to Connect at WPBF

At Wyoming Park we love to get together and have fun! We don’t just do it for our own enjoyment. We do it because we believe that in coming together we’re taking the first steps towards following Jesus’ command to “love one another.” Here are five ways to join in the fun.

Present Grace Gives Us Identity

I’ve been reading a new book lately (another one of those New Years Resolutions): “How People Change” by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. The book centers around realizing the “present grace” now ours through faith in Jesus.

Resting and working - at the same time!

I’ve been impressed by Paul (the apostle) again.  It’s not hard to be - he’s quite the follower of Jesus.  But of late, there’s a particular aspect of his Christian experience that has me digging.  It’s how he works so hard and yet rests - at the same time! 

More specifically, how is it that Paul rest so thoroughly

How come I keep falling off the wagon?

Every January I start getting embarrassed to go to the gym because I don’t want anyone to think that my return to exercise is a New Year’s Resolution…even if it is. Why does this bother me? Probably because I know what a “New Year’s Resolution” REALLY means.

Dual Carriageway or Turnpike?

Did you ever notice people in Michigan talk about the freeway or the expressway, while people in Indiana or Ohio mention the toll road?  Go farther east & the same road is a turnpike. Others call express highways: “The Four Lane” even when the road has eight or a dozen lanes.

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