We planted a cherry blossom tree in our front yard two years ago. Today, it does not look like much. If you drove by, you might think we stuck a shoulder-height stick in the ground. But I know it’s a tree, and soon other people will know, too. You can’t rush a tree. Psalm 1
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12:2). Mind renewal is an essential component of spiritual growth. The principle is easy to understand, but is it easy to put into practice? Scientists talk about “neuroplasticity” to describe the brain’s amazing ability to alter its structure to adapt to changes within the body or
Free Grace Theology is exciting. It clarifies the freeness of salvation, and in doing that, it clarifies other areas of theology, too. The Free Grace movement involves a reformation of more than one area of theology. For example, did you know that the NT places spiritual growth squarely within the ekklēsia—the believing community? As Paul
I get frustrated at my lack of spiritual growth. But then I think of Abraham. In James 2, we read: Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
There is a big difference between acting in your strength, according to your plans and acting in God’s power, according to God’s plans. Think of Moses and two very different burials that happened in his life. Remember when he killed an Egyptian who was attacking a Hebrew? Now it came about in those days, when