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Encouragement

Grace Group Is Dynamic, Not Static

Several years ago I learned a valuable lesson about small group ministry (Grace Groups).  I learned that Grace Groups are dynamic not static.  Here is what I mean. Every small group meeting I attended, I learned that at least one person present was hurting.  Always, at least one person in the group shared in some way how they were in a difficult…

The Anti-Prayer of Grumbling

Paul commands the Philippian church in chapter 2:14, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” Stated positively this is doing all things with an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude. Paul lived this out. In fact, the first thing out of Paul’s mouth beginning his Philippian letter is a prayer of thanksgiving. The Holy Spirit prompts Paul to gush with gratitude and gratefulness…

How Do You Handle Your Past?

Everyone has regrets. You regret sinful choices and stupid choices. Choices as small as hitting the snooze, and choices as large as the person you married, the career you chose, and the house you purchased. How are you to handle and think about those past decisions? You are to forget the past and remember the past. Paul tells us in Phil 3:13…

Living by Grace in the Here and Now

Many parents often talk about the challenges of the “terrible 2’s.” Angry and inconsolable children who can only be left to cry in their cribs are definite examples of why it seems at times that you may be going crazy! For parents in that time of life, it may seem that these behaviors of their child aren’t normal or perhaps think that…

Fighting Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble…” Chris Brauns has written a helpful book on forgiveness: Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds. In the book, he deals with bitterness and how it can consume you when you’ve been hurt deeply. Hear…