Proof of Life

How can I be sure that I am saved?

When I was in the 7th grade, my science class covered certain characteristics that determined organisms to be alive—they would respond to stimuli, respiration, and a bunch of other things I honestly can’t remember. The idea was to be able to classify whether or not a mushroom, for example, was a living organism.

I often have people come and speak to me in regard to spiritual life. If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time you’ve probably experienced the same doubts; “Christians shouldn’t continue to struggle with the sins that I struggle with”, we say to ourselves. A nagging sense of doubt lingers within us as we try to reconcile the practical reality of our struggling experience–complete with new temptations and greater awareness of old failures–with the promises of the scripture. Words that haunt us are passages like 1 John 2:3—“by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” Read more

Glory Seeking

Tom De’lea lived in my neighborhood as a kid. Everyone knew that Tom was the best soccer player in our school. Not only that, he was incredibly cool. I distinctly remember walking past Tom’s house on a sunny summer afternoon and recognized that he was pretty gifted individual—not only was he a great athlete, he was funny, and most everyone seemed to really like Tom. The next thought that popped into my 8 year old head was “I wonder what I’m best at?”

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Soul care and the body of Christ

I get it. We talk a lot about the importance of the body at Grace. We push membership pretty hard. We emphasize the body gathered (Sunday morning worship) and the body scattered (LIFEgroups). Like Paul, we think that the body of Christ is a pretty big deal.

I wanted to give you a bit of a different perspective today; that of the church counseling room. I just want to step out on a limb and say that most of the counseling I do could likely be handled by the body of Christ. Ideally, I wouldn’t have my job

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