Archive for 'Growth'
Which form of vegetation describes your life? Are you a tree near a stream or a shrub in the desert?
“Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see [...]
Have you ever wondered what it might be like if Jesus went to a buffet?
Okay, it is probably just me who thinks about stuff like that, but take a moment to think about it and stay with me here.
While you are thinking about Jesus at the buffet, let’s first think about how we act [...]
Yesterday I got started on my J-term. I am taking Typical Problems in Biblical Counseling taught by Dr. Stuart Scott. This is my second class with Dr. Scott, and I am looking forward to learning a ton of stuff this week.
Dr. Scott threw out an idea in class yesterday regarding something he would like to [...]
It seems like most of the people I know read from some type of noted study bible. Such bibles come in many different forms. There are basic study bibles, life application, and many many other types of what I would call “specialty” bibles that focus on one particular subject. I am not against the use [...]Full Story
Starting next week I will begin a new feature here at Be The Fruit called “Idolatry Thursday.” On Thursday’s, I will post a blog devoted to examining how we break the first of the Ten Commandments; “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Why focus on idolatry?
My primary focus for starting Be The [...]
What are you doing while you are there?
Do you have a great goal for your life that you are trying to attain? Goals are great, but sometimes we get caught up in the achieving of such goals that we forget to appreciate what is happening in our life along the way. Our lives are not [...]
One night in my personal evangelism class we engaged in one of those great rabbit-trail discussions that totally gets off topic. It all started while we were discussing points from one of the chapters in The Soul Winner by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The beginning point was Spurgeon’s insistence that preachers should posses a holiness of character in order [...]Full Story
I started this series with the intent of it being a single post, but that initial post was beginning to get long so I decided to make it a two-part series. Well, now we are into part 4, which will be the last post of this series. At least I think it will be the [...]Full Story
The main premise that the REVEAL study tried to test was that a person’s level of spiritual growth could be judged by looking at their level of church activity. The idea was that they should be able to see a direct correlation with spiritual growth and church activity. If you know anything about the study, [...]Full Story
Instead of covering the REVEAL findings, in this installment I want to point out one positive that I think has come out of the seeker-focused movement that Willow Creek has been a leader of.
From my perspective, one positive that has come out of the seeker-focused movement has been the trend to strip away traditions in church that get [...]