Growing in Grace: October 14, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes.

A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular.

B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you.

C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B!

Attitudes.

1) Lord help me to see the world as it is, not as the world describes itself.

2) A greeting card faith will not help me when life gets hard.

3) The crucified Lord is with me in my hardests times.

 

I need to grow in prayer.

A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading:

Almighty God, You know the world as it really is. You know who I really am and You know what my life is really like, and still You love me. I thank You that Jesus Messiah came to seek and save the lost. I thank You that His perfect life and sin-bearing death is Your provision for my need to be reconciled to You and made alive to live with You free and for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart.

“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”

John 17:15-17

I need to do something or start to do something.

Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 7, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I will seek first to describe fairly and without judgement. 2) Lord, show me if power is an idol in my life. 3) I will seek to know Your will , do Your will, according to Your will for Your glory. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, creator and maintainer of all things, present, powerful and active at all times and in all places. Please reveal to me the idols of my heart. Help me to be gripped by the person and work of Jesus; die to all idols; live free for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 30, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1. In Jesus, there are no “little people”. 2. He bowed lower than low to save me and I am taller when I bow to him. 3. Lord help me to abide in the Gospel and know my life matters. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Loving Father, You know my thoughts and my pain. You know my secret sorrows and regrets. You know how dry I am inside and You know my sin and shame – and still You love me. Thank You for Jesus, who He is and what He did to make me right with You. Please pour the Holy Spirit into every nook and cranny of my life and make Your Gospel more and more formative of who I am and what I do. In I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 23, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Lord does not remove my desires, He heals them. 2) The Lord does not kill my desires, He re-orders them. 3) The Lord does not dampen my desires, He purifies them. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, You know me down to my depths, and still You love me. Please draw me close to Jesus, who He is and what He did for me in His saving life, death, and resurrection. As You draw me close to Jesus, please pour the Holy Spirit deep within me and heal, order, purify and inflame within me all good desires. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 16, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) By God’s grace, I will use my strength to protect the weak. 2) By God’s grace, I will be generous. 3) By God’s grace, the gospel will shape my life. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty Father God, please help me to grow as a disciple of Jesus, who is grounded on the Gospel, shaped by the Gospel, driven by the Gospel, and pulled by the Gospel to live for Your glory in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 9, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Gospel will shape me to be honest with God. 2) I enter the Jesus way on my own, but I walk the Jesus Way with Jesus and His people. 3) Lord, help me to recognize idols – and then worship You alone instead. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, my heart is always open to You, and You know me better than I know myself. Forgive me for my self-serving politeness to You. Please grow me as a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who can be honest with You and learn to live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery” Romans 3:15-16 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 2, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The local church is not a home for the morally superior, but a FIELD HOSPITAL for sinners. 2) Every human being needs the GOSPEL. 3) God does not WEIGH my accomplishments to measure my worth – He makes me worthy by pardoning my OFFENSES. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, without Your grace I would FALL forever. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, GRIPPED by the Gospel living for Your glory, who looks for Your provision to stand and ENDURE when tempted by evil. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: August 26, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1)The local church is not a home for the morally superior, but a FIELD HOSPITAL for sinners. 2)Every human being needs the GOSPEL. 3)God does not WEIGH my accomplishments to measure my worth – He makes me worthy by pardoning my OFFENSES. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, without Your grace I would FALL forever. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, GRIPPED by the Gospel living for Your glory, who looks for Your provision to stand and ENDURE when tempted by evil. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: July 15, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Forgive until you are free. 2) To forgive does not mean to forget. 3) Forgiving is a Quest, not a moment. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I thank You that on the cross You paid the cost to forgive the INEXCUSABLE that I am responsible for. Please pour the Holy Spirit deep within me, and ENGRAVE the Gospel on my heart so I can forgive the INEXCUSABLE wrong done to me, and be free to live in Your world for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: July 8, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Serving idols makes me anxious. 2) I will always have some anxiety – and I will always have a Saviour to give my anxieties to. 3) To live with Jesus as my Saviour and Lord is to live in the real world. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, You have solemnly revealed that You always appose the proud and give grace to the humble. Help me Lord by the Holy Spirit, to humble myself under Jesus Christ crucified and risen, so that at the right time You will exalt me. Help me to cast all my anxieties on You, because You care for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: July 1, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Every Human Being was made to glorify God and enjoy Him forever 2) Jesus redeemed me to glorify God and enjoy Him forever 3) Lord, please help me to be gripped by the Gospel and ADORE you I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in Heaven, You are able to keep me from stumbling and to present me blameless in your glorious presence with great joy. With Son and Holy Spirit, You are the one and only God and Saviour. Through Jesus Christ my Lord be to You glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time, now and forever. AMEN. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 10, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I will honor Christ in public. 2) There will always be poor people. 3) My Lord Jesus Christ will soften my heart for the poor. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, Who alone is sovereign over the world and who alone will bring in the new Heaven and Earth, thank You for sending Jesus Christ to save all who trust in Him as Saviour and Lord. Thank You that He saves me to make me NEW. Please make me a disciple of Jesus who is confident and joyful in the Gospel as it shapes me to live for Your glory in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 3, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) It is hard for me to recognize the presence and power of envy in me. 2) I will daily read, mark, learn and inwardly digest God’s word written. 3) Jesus leads me to inner freedom. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, I confess that I flatter myself too much to detect and hate my own sin. I confess that it is hard for me to detect the sin of envy in my life. In Your mercy, please pour out the Holy Spirit upon me so I will recognize and repent of envy. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who is reading Your word, dying to sin, growing in love and freedom as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1: 19-21 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 27, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, help me to remember my labour for You is never in vain. 2) Lord, thank You that in You, resurrection and life will be the final judgment on me. 3) Lord, help me to know when to wait in faith and when to act in faith. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord, I thank You that You know my every weakness and still look at me with love and sympathy. I thank You that my life and destiny does not depend on the strength or purity of my faith, for it is flickering and weak, but that my faith is in You. Please help me to grow in my knowledge of You and my confidence in You: who You are, what You accomplished and what You will do today and forever, In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11: 25-26 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 20, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I long to become more prayerful. 2) I long to become more comfortable sharing my faith in Jesus. 3) I long to see my church become a centre of life and community. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear God, I am far from You and cannot make myself right with You. Thank You for providing Jesus Christ crucified to make me right with You. Lord Jesus Christ, please come into my life as my Saviour and Lord. Come into all of who I am and make me Your home. Thank You that You have come with the Holy Spirit and that You will never abandon me or let go of me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4; 10 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 13, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Jesus promises that when I put my hands in His, He will never let me go. 2) Eternal life is the Christian’s present possession. 3) Since Jesus trusted every word in the Bible, so will I. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, I praise You that You have spoken in Your word written. I praise You that, in whole and in part, it is You openly speaking to each person’s heart. Please grow me as a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who reads, marks, learns and inwardly digests Your word written as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.   John 10: 27-28 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 6, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Being part of a good local church is not an option for a Christian. 2) There is a great wall that separates me from God and only He can provide a doorway to Himself. 3) I need my Good Shepherd everyday and all the time. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, You are The Door to God Himself. You are The Door to being part of God’s forever family. You are The Good Shepherd. You laid down Your life for me, to make me Your own and to know You and to be known by You. Thank You. Please grow my remembrance and my gratitude for Who You are and what You have done for me. Please help me to follow You as You lead me into abundant life. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10: 14-15 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 29, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Every human being is born blind. 2) Lord, please keep me teachable. 3) Lord, please help me to seize the opportunities You give me today. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord, I am born blind and I love blindness. Jesus Messiah, You are the Light of the world. You alone can make the blind to see. Please come into my life as the Light of the world; deliver me from blindness as You make me Your disciple learning to live for the true good of people and Your glory and fame. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1: 5-6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 22, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Sin enslaves. 2) I will remember that the devil is real and that Christ is far greater and stronger. 3) Reading the Bible, as a disciple of Jesus, grows freedom. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, You are true and only speak the truth. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel, who feeds on Your word written every day as You free me up to live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 15, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I want to die to sin and live to please God. 2) Christ warned of Hell, so if I never warn about Hell, I am not being Christ-like. 3) Jesus leads me to know the light that brings life. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, I confess that i am blinded by rebellion against You, thinking that dying in my sin is life and hiding in the darkness is light. Lord, I confess that You are Light and Life. I thank You that Jesus came and died so that i would not die in my sin, but, by faith in Him, would instead receive true life and begin to walk in Your light. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who walks in Your light as I live for Your glory, not my own. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 8, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) In Christ, I obey my way to clarity. 2) God cannot reveal Himself without offending us. 3) God’s glory cannot coexist with falsehood. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, sometimes Your word frightens me. Your promises seem so extravagant and my faith seems so weak. So lord, I come to You. I Believe in You – help my unbelief! I thank You for Your extravagant love in Jesus Christ crucified. I thank You that by faith in Him, I have received eternal life. I thank You for Your extravagant gift of the Holy Spirit, that He has become a river of living water flowing out of my depths. Lord, grow my discipleship and help me to be gripped by the Gospel and live by the Holy Spirit for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7: 37-38 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 1, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God the Father, please draw me to Yourself. 2) God the Father, please help me to read Your word and learn from You today. 3) It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. John 6: 63 ESV I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: O Lord, I confess to You that I have been living apart from You; walking away from You. I know that Jesus, Who is Your Son and my Saviour, came to give His life for me, so that I may have life and live. I know that He can only save me if He is also my Lord. Lord, I turn to You. Jesus, come into my life and be my Saviour and my Lord. I hold nothing back from You. Please come father, Son and Holy Spirit and abide within me forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:40

Growing in Grace: March 25, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I will pray for at least one impossible person to receive Christ. 2) I receive eternal life by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. 3) When I put my trust in Jesus, He will never abandon me or let me go. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, all of my deepest longings and yearnings find their satisfaction in You. Please fan into flame my deepest yearnings and, as they grow stronger, keep them fixed on You. Please pour out the Holy Spirit and make me Your disciple, gripped by Your Gospel, living for Your glory. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 18, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Christ makes me alive to be a mirror filled with the glory of God and reflecting the glory of God. 2) The more I care about what people think, the less I believe in Jesus. 3) I will search the Scriptures daily, praying they will abide in me. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that I care too much about what people think of me. I also care too much when they do not think of me! I am powerless against this. I thank You that You, Life-Itself, died for me, so that by faith in You I may have life and live. Please grow in me a deeper trust in You – who You are, what You have accomplished, what You have said – so that I may know what people think about me with the freedom, self-possession and peace that only comes from trusting You and living for God’s glory. In Jesus’ name . Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 11, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God desires that I will freed up to marvel at who He is and what He does. 2) Jesus is stronger than death. 3) I cannot honour Jesus too much. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, You give life; in You I do not come under condemnation, but pass from death to life; in You I will know the resurrection to life. You have life in Yourself and by faith in You, I receive eternal life from You. Please grow me as Your disciple, gripped by Your Gospel, learning to honour You more and more in all I do. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 4, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, God adopted me so now God is my Father. 2) God knows the history of my sickness and my sin. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord, You are all-knowing, all-loving and sovereign. You know my truest, deepest need. I can be confused about my deepest need, but You know it perfectly. I hold nothing back. Please touch me at my point of deepest need and bring Your healing power and authority to bear, so that all that is within me will bless Your holy name. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 25, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Faith does not come from seeing. Faith comes from hearing. 2) God is pro-life. 3) Lord, help me to grow in knowing and trusting You as You really are. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord God Almighty, I confess to you that I readily create conditions for You to meet if I am able to trust You. I confess that I readily stand in judgment over You and Your ways. Please forgive me and grant me true repentance and Your Holy Spirit. Please make a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel growing in knowing, trusting, obeying and honouring You in all I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53: 4-5 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 18, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) To merely flee sin is not enough for a Christian – I must also seek to do God’s will. 2) The biblical story is the true Big Story of the world. 3) My heart will be restless until it rests in the Lord and His will for me. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who is learning to seek Your will, do Your will and accomplishing Your will for Your glory and the good of Your world. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” John 4:34 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 11, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God is not hiding from me or waiting for me. He is seeking me. 2) Jesus calls the unlikely to Himself, so I shall pray for the unlikely. 3) Today I shall walk in truth, walk towards truth, love truth, know truth. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord, You alone are the source of all life. All apart from You are dying day-by-day without end. I thank You for the great gift of the spring of living water welling up into eternal life which You have placed at the centre of who I am. Please help me to worship You in spirit and in truth, not only “in church”, but in my day-by- day, moment-by-moment life In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but who ever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4: 13-14 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 4, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God is true, so He wants His redeemed children to be people of the truth. 2) God has not spoken so i know I am right, but so that I know He is true. 3) God never gives too little of His Holy Spirit. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: O Lord, You alone are eternal. You alone are good and true. I praise You that when I loved the lie and I brought Your just judgment upon myself; still You loved me. I thank You that You have been true to Your promises to send a Saviour. I thank You for Jesus and how He lovingly bore the judgment I deserved. I thank You that, by faith in Him, You have given me eternal life and the promise of heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. He must increase, but I must decrease…. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.   John 3:30 and 3:36 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: January 28, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) It is only by faith in Jesus that my sin is put away and I am given eternal life. 2) There are no exceptions – all apart from saving faith in Jesus will perish. 3) Lord, help me to love the lost and pray for them. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, please deliver me from arrogance and ingratitude; from pride and presumption. Grant me an ever deeper humility to trust that You so loved the world that You gave Your one and only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. So, please help me to walk day-by-day in the Truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: January 21, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Don’t say God’s “no” about people – He is still drawing the unlikely to Himself. 2) God is still big – big enough to change the course of a life and big enough to change the course of human affairs. 3) God invented pleasure and joy. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, You have created all things and sustain all things by Your power and Your love. Please forgive me. I live as if You are small and almost everything else is big – far bigger and more powerful than You. Please grow in me a humble, trusting, knowing that You are good and loving, the source of all pleasure and joy and that You are bigger and more powerful than every problem or sin that I face. I ask this in the name of Jesus Messiah, my Saviour and my Lord. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16: 11 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: January 14, 2018

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Jesus asks me, “What am I seeking?” 2) Jesus asks me to come with Him and see. 3) Jesus invites me to follow Him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Loving God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, three Persons, One God – one God of eternal and unceasing love, I praise You! Thank You that You did not merely reveal more of Yourself – this would only unmake me. Thank You that You revealed Yourself as You acted to save and redeem me. Thank You that a Son of God came as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Please send the Holy Spirit deep into my heart and make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel learning to follow Him and bring Him glory and praise. In His name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1: 29 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: December 10, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) People matter to God, so sharing the Gospel with people matters to God. 2) Lord, how do I deceive myself and mock You? 3) Lord, teach me to boast only in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, Sovereign over all that exists, tune my heart to sing Your praise. Lord, gently reveal to me how I boast to myself and to others. Lord, please reveal to me what I boast in. Then, Lord, in Your mercy, grip me with the Gospel, fill me with the Holy Spirit, immerse me in Your word, that I might grow in the habit of boasting only in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: December 3, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) No one deceives me better than me, myself and I. 2) God does not judge me relative to other people. 3) God does not save me to bowl alone, but to be part of a local church family. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, I deceive myself, time and time again, but I do not see my self-deception. I spend time worrying about how others deceive me, but I spend little fruitful time unmasking my self-deception. Lord, have mercy on me and help me to know the truth and walk in the truth. Pour the Holy Spirit upon me as I read Your word and pray. Make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the gospel who is learning to see myself in light of the Gospel and be freed up to grow in the way of bearing one another’s burdens to Your glory and praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:3 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 26, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Holy Spirit is not tame – He is untamed and good. 2) The Holy Spirit does not remove my desires – He will heal, restore and reorder my desires. 3) Sanctification is not quick; it is slow. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, You know my heart. You know my desires.  Please help me to walk by the Holy Spirit; be led by the Holy Spirit; live by the Holy Spirit; and keep in step with the Holy Spirit so that I will put to death all that is within me that desires to be god. Instead, Lord, may my life bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as I live for Your glory. I ask this in the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5: 22-23 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 19, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Sin flatters, but God speaks the truth and love. 2) After sin flatters, despair comes. After God speaks the truth, peace comes. 3) Lord, please grow in me a blessed assurance that Jesus Christ has made me God’s own forever. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, thank You that through faith in Jesus Christ crucified You make me free and call me to even greater freedom. Please grow in me a close walk with Jesus that leads me to a blessed assurance of salvation and a life of self-giving love which blesses people and brings You glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5: 13 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 12, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Gospel offends the world, the flesh and the devil. 2) I am free as a creature, not as a god. 3) To try and live as if I am a god, is to live as a slave who does not know that he is a slave. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: O God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, to know You and to be known by You is perfect freedom. Thank You that knowing my slavery and sin, still Your Son came to live and die, so that I, by faith in Him, might be free – free to love and be loved, free to know and be known. Please pour out the Holy Spirit deep within me that I may be gripped by the Gospel and live free for Your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5: 1 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 5, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) It is not my grip on Jesus that matters, but His grip on me. 2) It is a true miracle from God that I am a Christ-Follower. 3) Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, I am weak but He is strong. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Promise-making promise-keeping God, I confess to You that I think I made myself a Christian. I have a hard time believing in You and Your grace. But I thank You that it is by Your grace and power that I am made Yours. And I confess that I receive Your miraculous power by faith in Jesus Christ crucified. Please pour the Holy Spirit into my life and make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel, living for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1: 12-13 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 29, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) All my idols seem powerful, but they are weak and worthless. 2) In Jesus Christ, my knowledge of God may be weak but, praise God, He knows me! 3) I will choose the truth over flattery. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: O God, I make idols and am unaware that I now serve the idol. The idols of the culture ensnare me. I serve the idol, but am unaware that I am serving an idol. Please pour out the Holy Spirit upon me so that Your word comes alive and I am gripped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I recognize and renounce all idols. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? Galatians 4:9 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 22, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God has no Plan B. After the Fall, Jesus Christ crucified was always God’s Plan A. 2) Am I living today as God’s slave or God’s “son? 3) “Come Holy Ghost my soul inspire and lighten with celestial fire.” I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, almighty God, I confess that I often live with anxiety, as if I am Your slave. Please help me to live with confidence that You are the good Father who has adopted me as Your child and heir. Please pour out the Holy Spirit upon me, so that I will know that, by faith in Jesus Christ, You have fully saved me – I am redeemed from slavery and adopted as Your child with all the rights and privileges of being Your child. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, Galatians 3: 26 (NIV) I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 15, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Bible encourages me to ask good, honest questions. 2) I will believe the promises God actually makes. 3) I will repent of inventing promises from God to me and my friends. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: O Lord, my heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God. I confess that I invent promises from You to myself. I confess that I have a hard time with the real promises that You really do make to me. Thank You for making a promise to bless. Thank You for keeping Your promise in the person and work of Your Son Jesus Christ. Please grow in me a humble, trusting, knowing of You and of Your promise. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 8, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Faith comes by hearing and believing God. 2) The person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the key to understanding the Bible. 3) I need to listen, “Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for me.” I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in Heaven, I confess that I often live as if the Holy Spirit does not exist. I confess that I often listen to the lies that I am cursed. Thank You that You have spoken and that You have kept Your word. Thank You for the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You that He redeemed me from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for me so that, by faith in Him, Your promised blessing might come to me and I might receive the promised Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—Galatians 3: 13 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 1, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Hypocrisy is infectious. 2) Nothing I can ever do will ever put God in my debt. 3) All my goodness will never produce” right-standing “ with God. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, God, the Son of God, blessed and only Saviour, thank You for dying on my behalf. I confess that I can not do anything to make myself right with God. I put my trust in You and Your saving sacrifice. Please help me to die to my vain attempts to make myself right with God. Please grow in me an ever deeper trust and confidence in You and Your finished work upon the cross. Please grow in me a life of grateful faith in Your saving power. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. …know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2: 16 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 17, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, please deliver me from being a people pleaser. 2) The Gospel does not remove my free will, it removes my grounds for boasting. 3) My thoughts should be formed by God’s Word written. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, You know how frail I am, yet You love me! I confess that sometimes I am a people pleaser; sometimes I am proud and I do not care what people think and sometimes I am cynically skeptical of people. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel, who is learning to live free and live well as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1: 10 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 10, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) In Jesus, God bestows upon me his unmerited mercy and love. 2) In Jesus, God brings me from enmity with Him to peace with Him. 3) I want to grow in the knowledge of Who Jesus is and what He did for me on the cross. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in heaven, thank You that You sent Jesus Christ to give Himself for my sins and to deliver me from the present evil age. Thank You for this eternal gift of grace and peace for me and all who have received the Gospel. Please grip me with the Gospel so I will live for Your glory. Please help me to grow in knowing, trusting and sharing Your one and only Gospel . In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1: 9 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: August 20, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, please remove the blinders from my eyes that stop me from recognizing theft as theft. 2) Lord, help me to become more generous and giving. 3) Lord, make our church a “giving and sending” church, not a “taking and hoarding” church. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, please help me to recognize stealing as stealing. Please help me because I am blind to the ways my heart and my culture say some stealing is not stealing. Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me and make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who flees stealing and pursues generous living as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. And you shall not steal. Deuteronomy 5: 19 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________

Growing in Grace: July 23, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Sabbath is a blessing to be shared. 2) I will work well for the glory of God and I will keep the Sabbath well for the glory of God. 3) Lord, please help me to develop godly rhythms in my life. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord, I thank You that I do not have to obey my way to Your love and acceptance.  I confess to You that I will never be able to do that.  I confess to You that I was a slave who could not free myself.  Thank You that You love me, and that Your mighty work of power, the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, which I have received by faith alone, has broken the chains of my slavery and redeemed me to be Your precious child by adoption and grace.  Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me and make me a disciple of Jesus who is gripped by the Gospel, learning to live with a godly rhythm of work and rest for the good of people and for Your great glory.  In Jesus’ name. Amen! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart.  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.  Deuteronomy 5: 15 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 25, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God blesses me to bless others and be a blessing. 2) God does not bless me to hoard His blessings. 3) With God’s word, my mind matters, but I need to obey my way to clarity. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please help me to believe in You by believing Your word written. You know I believe – but please help my unbelief. Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me as I read Your word written and make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who is living for God’s glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart.Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Genesis 12: 1-3 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 18, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) My idols make me anxious. 2) The more I desire to be like a god, the more anxious I will become. 3) All human attempts to scale heaven fail. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess to You that sometimes I worry that Your commands and promises will hurt me. Please grip me with the Gospel so that, as I hear Your word written, I will remember Jesus and trust that all Your commands and promises are for my true good. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. …do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 11, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The more I seek to be god-like, the farther I run from God. 2) The Lord will not allow human beings to destroy the earth. 3) Every human foetus is made in the image of God and was given life by God. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord, You alone are the giver of life. You alone are the creator and sustainer of all things. You are Lord of life and Lord of the earth. Please help me to know that I am but a steward of some of what is Yours. Please grip me with the knowledge of Who Jesus is and what He did for me on the cross, so I can begin to live free as Your steward, living for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10: 14 (ESV) I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 4, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God’s grace received shapes me to trust His promises. 2) God’s grace received shapes me to heed His warnings. 3) God’s grace received shapes me to obey His commands. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in Heaven, You asked Noah to spend 120 years building an ark when the world said that no ark was needed. Help me to be like Noah! Please pour out the Holy Spirit upon me and so grip me with the Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified that I will obey Your commands. Please grant me a long obedience in the same direction. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 14, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God uses an infallible Bible to create humble interpreters, not infallible interpreters. 2) Only my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, has dealt with sin and defeated death. 3) Lord, please grip me with the Gospel and grow in me a life of humble hope that every day, You are sovereign. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in heaven, thank You for the real hope available in Jesus. Thank You that He did not merely stymie death like Enoch, but defeated death by paying the price of sin and then being resurrected. Thank You that He is greater than Enoch, who had a solitary deliverance, but that Jesus’ victory is shareable with any who humbly trust in Him as Saviour and Lord. Dear Father, please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me as a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel, living with hope as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11: 5-6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 7, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) In a world like ours, true realism is to call on the Name of the Lord every day. 2) Science and technology progress, but human nature remains unchanged. 3) Everyone’s life is marked by the interplay of our fallen human nature and the presence of God’s common grace. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty and everlasting God, Sovereign creator and preserver of all things, I confess to You that I find my identity, comfort and confidence in transient and imaginary things in the world or in myself. Please forgive me. Help me to daily call on the Name of the Lord. Mark me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who has my identity, comfort and confidence in the salvation You bestowed by my humble faith in the death of Jesus Messiah upon the cross. Help me to live for Your glory, not my own. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6: 14 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 30, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Self-pity is not repentance – Lord, grant me true repentance! 2) Whining is not repentance – Lord, grant me true repentance! 3) Managing negative consequences is not repentance – Lord, grant me true repentance! I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and create a right spirit within me. O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel, living for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,” as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 23, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1 Only God can provide the Way to the Tree of Life. 2) It is foolish to think that bowing to created things will make me more like God. 3) Because I want to elude God, I imagine He is elusive. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, I praise You that You are the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one can come to the Father except through You. I praise You that Your word written teaches me this truth. I praise You for the human beings you used to make me aware of this truth. I praise You for the work of the Holy Spirit which brought this truth to my “command centre” with saving power. Father, please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel and used by You to bear witness to Your glory and grace – all for Your glory and praise. In  Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 16, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I need God’s help to distinguish the whispers of the serpent from the word of God. 2) It is always wise to learn what the Bible says. 3) Flee all spiritual promises and powers that do not exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, in my place condemned You stood. Thank You that you came to live and die to be my substitute – and the substitute of all who put their faith in You. Thank You that it was my offenses and penalties that were listed above Your head on the cross and that Your death was in my place. Please grow my faith in You and what You did for me on the cross. Make me your disciple, gripped by this good news, living day-by-day for Your glory. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2: 6-7 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 9, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1)I am not a sinner because I sin. I sin because I am a sinner. 2) When I do what is wrong, I am learning to be a “better” slave. 3) The cross of Christ is the Tree of Life. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess that in my pride I often find Your word too dark and depressing. I also confess that in my pride I often find Your word too good to be true. Thank You that in my helplessness and lostness You acted with saving power. Thank You for Jesus Christ crucified. Thank You that I am saved by Your grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by this gospel, living for Your glory. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5: 1-2 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: April 2, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I will reject all spiritual practices that do not exalt Jesus as the Saviour and the Lord. 2) I desire to know the Bible from cover-to-cover and to listen to it clearly. 3) Only the person and work of Jesus Christ will fit me to someday walk with God in the Garden. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Loving God, I confess to You that I flatter myself too much to detect or hate my own sin. I confess to You that I am good at finding specks in other people’s eyes and bad at seeing the log in my own eye. I confess that I readily listen to the accusations, slander and blasphemy of demons. Thank You for Jesus Christ and His death for me on the cross. Thank You that, in Him, my sins are forgiven; I am clothed with His perfect life; I am born again to new life. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel guided by Your word and living for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned….. Romans 5:12 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 26, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Your word is a lamp for my walking and a light for my path. 2) I will trust that the teaching of Your word is good for me. 3) I will not listen to the lies which cause me to fear that keeping Your word will hurt and diminish me. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, creator and sustainer of all things. I know that Your word written is at odds with what my culture believes in regard to marriage, sex and gender. Please help me to know Your word and trust that it is good and wise – truer, wiser and more loving than what my culture teaches. Father, I need Your help! Please help me to come to Jesus and keep in step with the Holy Spirit so that I will grow in wholeness and freedom as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2: 23-24 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 19, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I am made in God’s image. He is not made in my image. 2) God’s image in human beings is bent but not erased. 3) Politicians and courts can change human rights, but nothing can change the reality that every human being is made in God’s image. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, transcendent and immanent, creator of heaven and earth, I praise You, the true and living God! Thank You for making me in Your image. Thank You that when humanity fell, Your image in us was bent but not erased. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who learns from Your word and keeps in step with Your Spirit, so that more and more of all that is within me blesses Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 12, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I am neither a god nor a beast, divine nor garbage, but a creature made by my Creator. 2) There is one human race, with one Creator God. 3) Human beings were made to tend, develop and guard the creation for the glory of God. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Three Persons, One God, I praise You that You alone have created all things out of nothing. I humbly praise You that you are not a distant God, but You formed and breathed life into the man and then formed the woman from the man so that all their sons and daughters equally are image-bearers of You. Please help me to know that you are God and be gripped by the Gospel so I will live my day-to-day life for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. ..then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: March 5, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Life is a gift from God. 2) God has countless rebels, but no person or thing is His match. 3) God speaks with creative power and truth. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, You alone are God. You alone are all-powerful. You alone are over all things, transcendent and wise. You are good and all Your works are good. You speak and what You speak comes to be. Every word of Yours is wise and true. You have made me to be Yours, and as Yours to be at home in this cosmos. Tune my heart to sing Your praise in humble adoration. May all that is within me bless Your holy Name. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1: 31 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 26, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) No person that I meet is a cosmic accident. 2) I will pray to my Heavenly Father who has created and is sustaining all things. 3) Lord, help me to know You, bow in awe of You and adore You. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, You are the true and living God. You are before all things, for You created all things in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. You created all things out of nothing. You sustain all things. You will bring all things to a proper end, for You are sovereign. Please grow in me habits of the heart to adore You for who You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 19, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Truth, not power, is to be the North Star that guides me. 2) God is true. All truth is God’s. God’s Word written is true. 3) My mind cannot know truth exhaustively, but it can know truth truly. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Almighty God, three persons, one God, I praise You and thank You. Lord, Jesus Christ, thank You for Your powerful grace. God the Father, thank You for Your love. Holy Spirit, thank You for holy communion with You and all God’s children by adoption and grace. Please grant me a living, growing knowledge of the great blessing that is mine when I received the person and work of Jesus as my Saviour. In Jesus’ name. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13: 14 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 12, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I might evade human justice, but I can never escape appearing before God and being judged by Him. 2) I will choose the weakness of loving and obeying Your Word written. 3) I will choose the weakness of trusting Your Word on sex and sexuality. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess that I like how following You makes me strong, but I am fearful of how following You makes me weak. Thank You for Your mercy and grace revealed and made powerful in the Gospel! Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me so that I am gripped by the Gospel and embrace the weakness of knowing, trusting, believing and obeying all of Your Word as I live all out for Your glory and praise. Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.  2 Corinthians 13:3b-4 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: February 5, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) One verse of the Bible understood and believed is of more value than 100 visions. 2) I think I need more power, but God knows I need His powerful grace. 3) Dear Lord, please deliver me from being conceited. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Loving Heavenly Father, I confess to You that I would rather have a vision than have the Bible, Your word written. I confess to You that I see conceit in others but I am easily blind to my conceit. I confess that I believe I need more power than I need Your grace. Have mercy upon me! Thank You for saving me by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. Please help me to be honest and real. Make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who knows that I am a jar of clay and all Godly power comes from You alone for Your glory and praise alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12: 9 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: January 29, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, help me to not merely lead, but be led by Jesus, lead like Jesus and lead to Jesus. 2) Lord, help me to die to boasting and grow in humble gratitude. 3) Lord, help me today to understand who I am in light of the good news that Jesus died for me to make me right with You. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess to You that I often find my identity and meaning in being able to boast in my accomplishments or my status. I confess to You That I am often led astray by idols which teach me to boast. Loving Saviour, please help me to die to all of this and live rooted and gripped in Your Gospel.  Please ground me in the Gospel so I can see my own frailty in light of Your great and saving power. In Jesus’ name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11: 30 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: January 22, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I will remember that the devil is real – and really defeated by Jesus. 2) I will seek a clear understanding and a deep trust in the Biblical Gospel. 3) I will pray for my local church that its leaders will be godly servant leaders led by Jesus and leading people to Jesus. I need to grow in prayer. Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and keep my heart from all false and evil spirits. Please help me to know what Your Word written tells me about Jesus and what He did to save me. Please free my mind from all errors and lies about who Jesus is and what He did for me on the cross and in His resurrection. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel and living for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. …Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11: 14b-15 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: January 15, 2017

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Comparing myself to others shows that I am not wise. 2) The Lord calls me to be meek and gentle, not timid and weak. 3) Since I am a jar of clay, I need God to work in and through me for His glory. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please be the Lord of my mind and the Lord of my thinking. Please tear down what needs to be torn down as You humble, heal, free and grow my mind. Please help me to grow in my knowledge of You and of Your creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen!! I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ… 2 Corinthians 10:5 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: December 18, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, please make me brave and help me to deal with my fears. 2) Lord, please help me to choose You and Your Word even when my peer group mocks me. 3) Lord, please help me to go where You lead and do what You command. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, thank You for Your true, gracious and trustworthy Word. Thank You for keeping Your promise to send the Messiah to save me from my sins. Lord, sometimes I am afraid of things within me and around me. I am afraid of what You will ask of me. Please grip me with what You have done for me in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Messiah. Please grip me with the truth that He is with me. Please give me the courage to go where You lead; to do what You say; and to walk with Jesus towards everything I am afraid of and deal with it. Thank You that you desire me to be free and brave as I live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: December 11, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God’s grace is deep and wide, covering my past, present and future. 2) God knows my history of sin – and still Jesus died to save me. 3) If God humbled Himself to save me, I can learn to be humble. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, Thank You for keeping Your word to send a Messiah, a Saviour. Thank You for keeping Your word to Israel. Thank You for keeping Your promises made to every people group. Thank You for the birth of Jesus, Your Son, the Messiah, the Saviour. Thank You that He came to die upon the cross; Your provision for salvation for every person who receives Him by faith.   Help me to live each day mindful of Your promises and mindful that You keep Your Word in surprising ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: December 4, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, help me to do good and finish well. 2) I can always chart a new course from where I am. 3) Help me to believe Jesus when He says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, please help me to desire to give to Your church doing Your work for Your glory and the good of Your world. Lord, it is hard for me to desire this and hard for me to actually do what I desire. Please help me to be gripped by who Jesus is and what He has done, is doing and will do for me. In Jesus’ name.  Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 27, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Money does not naturally create generosity, but God’s grace does. 2) Being generous is a grace-empowered choice. 3) If I wait to have enough money to be financially generous, I will never be generous. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son and my Saviour, please grip me with Your grace. Please help me to be gripped by Your grace. I know that from all eternity, You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God but three Persons, dwelt in glory. Thank You, Lord, that for our sake, You became poor, taking on our human nature in Your incarnation, living a human life and dying on the cross as my substitute. Thank You for the unmerited grace of this act of exchange, becoming poor, that I, by faith in You, might become eternally rich. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8: 9

Growing in Grace: November 20, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) No one on their death bed wishes they had watched more YouTube. 2) The true and living God comforts the downcast. 3) God does not want me to live a life of regret; He desires me to live a life of godly repentance. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, whose nature it is to comfort the downcast, please comfort me. Please deliver me from the hardness of heart that seeks to live without regret. Please deliver me from a heart ungripped by the Gospel that lives unendingly with regret. Please grant me a godly sorrow for my sins, so that I am more deeply gripped by the Gospel and then repent in such a way that my sanctification deepens without regret. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. For godly sorrow produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly sorrow produces death.   2 Corinthians 7:10 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 13, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Doing what is wrong and serving idols narrows my heart, but the Gospel widens my heart. 2) To receive the Gospel is to turn from every idol. 3) God wants me to endure in a fruitful walk with Jesus. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I am humbled by Your Word. I am humbled to know that an ordinary person like me, with ordinary people in my church, are the Temple of the living God – are Your Temple. I am humbled to hear that, despite my troubles and my calamities, my worldly unimportance and my struggles, I, along with all Your people by grace, are the Most Holy Place of You, the one, true and living God. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who is living for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s word in my mind and heart. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: November 6, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The more I fear the Lord, the more I choose to persuade people rather that  manipulate them. 2) Unworthy as I am, God has made me one of His ambassadors to this city. 3) Do not boast about outward appearance. Instead, know God; know the  person. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in Heaven, I feel humbled that You would take all the steps necessary to reconcile me to Yourself through Your Son Jesus Christ. I confess to You that I feel inadequate that You also call me, and my church, to be Your ambassadors. It is hard for me to believe that You made Your appeal to the people of this city and the world through us. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who lives for Your glory. Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me to help me fulfill what You have called me, and my church, to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 30, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) As I follow Jesus and humbly listen to Him, courage grows. 2) The New Heaven and Earth is not made by human hands. 3) It is wise to live in hope that Christ will return before you die. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please grow within me a longing for Heaven, to dwell with You face-to- face. Please grow within me a greater assurance of Your grace and mercy, and that, in You, I will surely be swallowed up by life one day. And Lord, as this assurance grows, please make me more courageous to live to please You in all things.  Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 16, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The yoke of Christ my Lord is lighter than the yoke of my pride. 2) My pride attracts me and blinds me and crushes me. 3) In Christ alone I am growing towards an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in Heaven, on the first day of creation You said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” When I turned to Jesus, You shone in my heart to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. I rejoice that I have this treasure in a jar of clay to show that the  surpassing power belongs to You and not to me. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who is living for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 9, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I can never boast in front of God. 2) I will seek to become more clear in how I speak. 3) I will learn to recognize when I manipulate people and I will stop manipulating people. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please help grow in me an ever deeper assurance that Your Word written is true and that the Gospel is true. Please grow in me an ever deeper assurance that the Gospel still “works”; that people will still receive the Gospel and become Your child. Please grow in me an ever deeper assurance that, as I bear witness to Who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us in His death, You sovereignly and powerfully shine Your light in people’s hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: October 2, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I must always remember that Jesus is Jewish. 2) In Jesus, I do not have a “Best Before” date. 3) The Gospel grows the courage to remove every blindfold. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You that, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. I praise You that, by faith in Jesus Messiah I am made right with You and You have removed the veil that keeps me blind to You.  I praise You that, along with all Your children by adoption and grace, we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. We praise You that this is all Your work, Lord.   In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3: 18 ESV I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ___________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 25, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, please still my boasting in myself. 2) Lord, please grow in me a deep trust that You are enough. 3) Lord, please lead me today to do what is best next. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Father in heaven, I confess before You that I often see only one of two options; to tower above others or to cower from others. Please deliver me from this! I thank You that Jesus Messiah has triumphed over every principality and power. I thank You that He is my Saviour and my Lord. Please help me to live each day as Your servant, to Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3: 5-6 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 18, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I was made to hope in promises. 2) Only God’s promises will always be kept. 3) The more I break my promises, the harder it will be to believe God keeps His promises. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess I often have multiple and contradictory motives. I confess I often hide my motives from others and myself. I confess that some of my motives are not good and true. Thank You that You know me and still kept Your promise and sent Jesus Messiah to be our Saviour. Praise You that Your motives are public, unfailing and full of grace and mercy. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who is learning to live a life of true integrity for Your glory. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1: 20 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: September 11, 2016

Growing in Grace: September 11, 2016

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I help others when I pray for them. 2) The true and living God wants me to rely on Him. 3) I am blessed by God so that I will bless others for God’s glory and fame. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess that when I am afflicted, I turn to people and things, but not to You. I confess that I rely on people and things, but not on You. Please forgive me and turn my heart once again to You and Your Gospel. Make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who is living for Your glory. Help me to rely upon You in my afflictions and then help me comfort others with the comfort that comes from You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to ____________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: July 3,2016

Posted on July 3, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B!

Attitudes. 1) The sooner I stop trying to tame the living God the better. 2) It is vain to believe I judge the true and living God. 3) The living God is bigger and more enduring than any ruler or nation.

I need to grow in prayer.

A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading:

Almighty and everlasting God, You alone are the creator and sustainer of all things. You alone are the sovereign judge of every human being and every human institution. You alone are the true, the good and the beautiful. You alone save and redeem, for You are grace and mercy. Please make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who is growing daily in the fear and love of You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart.

For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Psalm 135:5-6

I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 26,2016

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair

I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B!

Attitudes. 1) Basing my life on anything other than the Gospel is futile. 2) As I am gripped by the Gospel, I can begin to look at the hold evil has on me. 3) As I am gripped by the Gospel, I can do good things for God’s glory rather than for my own glory.

I need to grow in prayer.

A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, I confess to You that in my nature I am foolish, disobedient, led astray, a slave to various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hated and hating. I thank You that Jesus Christ crucified is Your power for salvation for all who believe. I praise You that You alone saved me because of Your love, mercy and kindness. I thank You for adopting me as Your child forever. Please help me to be gripped by the Gospel and live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3: 4-7

I need to do something or start to do something.

Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 19,2016

Posted on June 19, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) Lord, give me an unclouded mind. 2) Lord, grow self-control in me. 3) The choice before me each day – will the culture shape me or will the Gospel shape me? I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Heavenly Father, please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who is being trained to live for the good of people and for Your glory. As I am gripped by the Gospel. grow in me the self-control which helps me to live in a way which makes Your Gospel beautiful. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age Titus 2: 11-12 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 12,2016

Posted on June 12, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) God does not lie – ever. 2) Knowing the truth should lead to godliness. 3) When I know and speak the truth I please the heart of God. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Father in Heaven, I praise You for being the One who never lies. Lord Jesus Christ, I praise You for being the Way, the Truth and the Life. Holy Spirit, I praise You for being the Spirit of truth. Lord God Almighty, I praise You for creating and sustaining all things and making me in Your image. Please help me to be a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel who seeks, knows, loves and speaks the truth – all for Your glory. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.   Titus 1: 9 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to _________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: June 5,2016

Posted on June 5, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) I will seek to make a difference for Jesus rather than seek titles for myself. 2) God knows me by name. 3) As I am gripped by the Gospel, I will die to my boasting and grow in boasting of Who Jesus is and what He has done and is doing. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, help me to watch out for all false teachers and the obstacles and divisions they create. Dear Lord, please renew my mind so that my thinking is consistent with the pattern of sound teaching found in Your Word written. Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me so that I do not serve myself and my desires, but instead serve You and seek Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. ..to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.  Romans 16:27 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 29,2016

Posted on May 29, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) By God’s grace, I will grow into a person of prayer. 2) By God’s grace, I will enter into a season of striving in prayer. 3) I need to see the world as if I am a missionary. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please help me to look within and without. Please help me to see the needs of fellow Christians. Please help me to see the many people and the many people groups who have never heard the Gospel. Please help me to strive in prayer for both. Please help me to be open-handed and generous with the resources under my care. Please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel living for Your glory. Please make us a prayerful, bible-teaching evangelical church with a heart for the city and a heart for the world.  In jesus’ name.  Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. … but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect... 1 Peter 3:15 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 22,2016

Posted on May 22, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The true and living God wants me to know Him. 2) I am tragically addicted to hiding from the true and living God. 3) No one is so far from God that He cannot make them “born from above”. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please deliver me from being religious or spiritual. Please make me a disciple, gripped by the Gospel, living for Your glory. Please help me to love and bless this city and this nation. Please help me to live as a faithful and loyal citizen of Your everlasting Kingdom with Jesus Messiah as my Lord and King.  In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3: 16 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________________.”

Growing in Grace: May 15,2016

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Rev. George Sinclair I need to develop godly attitudes. A) Pray for godly attitudes in general & certain attitudes in particular. B) Ask others to pray the same thing for you. C) Repeat the attitude to help it sink in. Do this in conjunction with A & B! Attitudes. 1) The Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father to me, His child by adoption and grace. 2) Jesus wants me to live a “go to faith” not a “come to religion”. 3) I need to be humbly filled with, and surrendered to, the Holy Spirit. I need to grow in prayer. A great way to do this is to learn to pray the Bible. Pray this prayer until you can pray without reading: Dear Lord, please forgive me for not believing You when You said, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.” Lord, You have kept Your promise in Your death, resurrection and ascension. You have kept Your promise by giving the Holy Spirit to Your disciples. Lord, please help me and all Your children to live filled with your Holy Spirit, dependent on Your Holy Spirit, submitted to Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen. I need to get God’s Word in my mind and heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16: 7 I need to do something or start to do something. Complete the following sentence: “In light of God’s word, the Holy Spirit is leading me to __________________________________________.”