Category: Spiritual Growth

The WORD Method for Scripture Meditation

Scripture reading is the most important spiritual discipline in a Christian’s life. As Don Whitney has observed, “There is simply no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture.” There are different practices that help us take in Scripture: study, memorization, and praying Scripture back to God are examples. While I […]

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5 Steps of Repentance

5 Steps of Repentance in Psalm 32 The sins of the holy are not counted but covered. – Martin Luther The importance of repentance is hard to overstate. After all, Jesus’ first exhortation in his public ministry was, “Repent!” (Mark 1:15), and if it was that high on Jesus’ list, we probably ought to pay […]

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Who Should We Pray To?

Our current sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer has raised a question that I’ve heard from a few folks lately. The question is some version of this: Since Jesus prayed to the Father in the Lord’s Prayer, is it wrong for us to pray to Jesus or the Holy Spirit? The short answer is, “No, […]

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Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Right in the middle of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives instruction regarding prayer. In fact, Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 is one of the most famous passages of Scripture in the Bible. You probably know it as “The Lord’s Prayer.” However, it is more accurate to refer to it as “The Disciple’s […]

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Knowing & Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit

The second half of Galatians 5 is a study in contrast. We might sum up Galatians 5:16-25 by saying that within every Christian, there are two natures at work: the sinful nature and the Holy Spirit. These two natures are, not surprisingly, opposed to one another. A life submitted to the flesh–the parts of our […]

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How to Trust God Like Jesus Did

The book of Galatians, particularly chapter 3, is rooted in the Old Testament. The false teachers in the Galatian churches were teaching that though God began the history of salvation with a promise to Abraham, it was completed by the covenant of law made with Moses. In other words, the false teachers said that while […]

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Tips for Fighting Legalism in Your Own Heart

Paul makes at least two  huge statements in the middle of Galatians 3: All who rely on works of the law are under a curse (v. 10). False teachers in the Galatian churches–we call them legalists in today’s vernacular–were teaching that it was good to have faith in Jesus, even necessary, but that the completion […]

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The Secret of Contentment

I’m writing from my office at Grace on a beautiful snowy night in Racine. In the background is the laughter of kids participating in Wednesday night activities. My office is toasty, I have a cup of coffee, and Kind of Blue playing faintly in the background. Could it get any better? Of course it could! […]

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Discipling in Faith

Discipleship and following-up with new believers has been a personal passion of mine since my early days in the US Navy. It was 6 years after I became a believer, before I was followed-up with in my faith by my friend John Graton. I received Christ at the age of 15, but struggled for years […]

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