Continue Reading • 3 minute read October 12, 2015 • Kim Sullivan Fire has characteristics which benefit our faith.Discover how the imagery of fire can transform how we live as people who are fueled by the Holy Spirit.Continue Reading • 5 minute read August 24, 2015 • Deb Koster The seven deadline sins are destructive inclinations of our hearts.Learn how you can uproot these sinful habits from your life and cultivate holiness.Consider what scripture says about our speech and learn to use words with care so that God is glorified in our speech.Continue Reading • 1 minute read June 1, 2015 • Jason Ruis Do you struggle with holding your tongue?Second, they do the positive work of setting your eyes on Christ and his completed work in your life.
Explore the wisdom of Psalm 1 to name the sinfulness that draws us and opt instead to drink deep from God's word.
To cap off my dating advice, I'd like to offer a warning and an encouragement. It does mean you have grounds for thinking it through with care. Finally, the encouragement: Men, make it your aim to be the first to encourage your sweetheart to be involved in fellowship with other believers, and the last to feed any desire to cut off from corporate worship.
First the warning: If you enter the relationship and suddenly stop going to church, pray less, and read less, that's probably a sign it's not heading in a godly direction. Be as diligent about carving out time for corporate worship as you are in carving “alone time” (the benefits of which should probably also be up for debate).
Finally, we need to hear an outside word that we can't quickly rationalize, twist, distort, or ignore. If your relationship becomes the center of their faith, the main and only encouragement they have in Christ, something has gone wrong. All four stand on their own as solid reasons to be committed to gathering (and being a member of) a local body.
Who is there to support and encourage when you're having a bad day, or when your relationship needs a check because it's gone off the rails into sin? Even the best married couples need other, godly voices speaking wisdom, conviction, comfort, and healing grace into their lives. Whether you're a Baptist, Anglican, or Presbyterian, you want to be regularly reminded that Christ alone is the source of spiritual life—he died, rose again, and our union with him is the only true food for your soul. Yet all four play an important function with respect to your relationship to each other.
Continue Reading • 4 minute read October 5, 2015 • Deb Koster Romance is fueled by everyday acts of investing in one another's lives.