Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
Digging through some old files, I came across some notes from a lecture I attended of Henry Cloud, the clinical psychologist who wrote Boundaries: When to Say Yes and When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life.
My notes include the following three things:
Digging through my files in search of something else, I came across this poem by Lois Kendall Blanchard Eades, English professor, poet, and mother of a university president. She died three years ago with Alzheimer’s.
If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two—
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best,
And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there—
That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.
When he preached at the North Campus on July 13, Pastor Jack said, “We do what we do, because we desire what we desire. And we desire what we desire, because we love what we love. Doing flows out of loving.”
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on June 7/8, “Homecoming and Holiness” (2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
In 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1, we’ll look at the four scenes in the new covenant story:
2014 Spring Conference "Be Holy For I Am Holy; Growing in Holiness...How?"
The messages from our 2014 Women's Ministry Spring Conference are now available!
Follow the links below to listen or download each of the following messages:
Saul, prior to becoming Paul, approved of the stoning to death of Stephen.
And Saul approved of [Stephen’s] execution.—Acts 8:1
Today, those two stand shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, worshiping the One who saved both of them. Paul has no more animosity toward Stephen, only love; and Stephen holds absolutely no grudge against Paul.
It’s here, it’s there, it’s …
E v e r y w h e r e!
Where it comes from, only One knows.
But, it comes and stays
And seldom goes.
It creeps in slowly and then explodes
In each fiber of every muscle fold.
A single cell emits the call
And soon it’s joined by one and all.
A heartfelt testimony from Liz Blom, a young mother at Bethlehem:
This is a guest post by Caryn Turner, member of the Women's Ministry Leadership Team:
As I reminisce over the past six Spring Conferences that I have attended, I am full of joy! However, I am also saddened for the ladies that I have interacted with over those years who do not attend the conferences- the ladies who have said, "I'm not the Women's Ministry type" or "l don’t do Women's Ministry."
We are routinely drawn to slip into one of two ditches: legalism on one side and lawlessness on the other.
Our God is a commandment-giving God. Jesus said if we love him, we will keep his commandments.
So while we are saved by grace through faith apart from our works, we miss the point of grace entirely if we think it means that we can sin with impunity.
We are not saved by our works, but our works are evidence that we are saved.