Making Progress

The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. Mark 4:28, NLT This concept of physical growth is now applied by Jesus to us.  He has cultivated us, and we must insist on a maturation.  We sprout, andContinue reading “Making Progress”

When Others are More Gifted Than You

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.” 1 Corinthians 12:4, NLT “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10 Several years ago, the Holy Spirit completely turned myContinue reading “When Others are More Gifted Than You”

Preparing Yourself for Water Baptism

“Those who accepted his message were baptized.” (Acts 2:41)    “Repent and be baptized.” (Acts 2:38)   “Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your  faith in the power of God.” (Col. 2:12)   Perhaps the most significant and vital decision we make is to follow Jesus Christ into the waters of baptism.  This isContinue reading “Preparing Yourself for Water Baptism”

The Only Army that Shoots its Wounded

By Dwight L. Carlson From an article in Christianity Today, February 9, 1998 “The only army that shoots its wounded is the Christian army,” said the speaker, a psychologist who had just returned from an overseas ministry trip among missionaries. He summed up the philosophy of the group he worked with as: 1. We don’tContinue reading “The Only Army that Shoots its Wounded”