My lovely wife nursed both of our daughters, so there was not much of an opportunity for me to feed them. I looked forward to the days ahead when I would be able to feed them some “real” food. Unfortunately for me, the child development process takes time. As much as I wanted introduce solids, we knew that feeding a baby solid food too early would make them sick. On the other hand, keeping them on milk for too long would mean that they wouldn’t get the nourishment they need to grow healthy. We patiently waited for the right moment to introduced solids and gradually moved forward.
Like human development, spiritual growth is a process – a process that should be moving forward towards maturity. In Hebrews 5:11-14 we see that God’s design is for a new believer to become grounded in the elementary truths of the faith. Once grounded, they should be growing towards maturity. We should not become stagnant or worse, regress. No, we should mature, teaching righteousness and helping others distinguish between good and evil.
Just as we all look forward to the development of our children we should be mindful of our own spiritual growth. Take a look at your relationship with God. Are you enjoying solid food moving towards maturity? How about your spouse? Your children? Your fellow Life Group members?
Fellowship North is excited to welcome Derek Webb in concert! An accomplished singer/songwriter, Webb is a former member of the popular Houston, Texas-based Christian band, Caedmon’s Call. During his stint with the band, he experienced sales approaching 1 million records, along with 10 GMA Dove Award nominations and three Dove Award wins and six #1 Christian radio hits. In 2003, however, Webb left Caedmon’s Call to pursue a solo career. Since his departure, he has released three studio albums as well as a live album and a DVD. Webb is passionate for the Church and its ongoing need for the Gospel, and his authentic musical style and theology-based lyrics, have stirred both the hearts and minds of his listeners. He’s recently released two new albums which will be available for purchase at the concert. Don’t miss this inspiring evening with Derek Webb! Tickets go on sale this weekend after services, and will be available thereafter by calling the church office at 972.783.8800.
Ticket prices: $10 (adults), $7 (students), $12 (at the door)
Tape 2465.02, “Oh, My God!” Series
Senior Pastor, Jeff Jones
Props to the drama team for the wonderful tension that was created between the reading of news headlines against a little girl singing “He’s got the whole world in His hands“.
Why does God allow the hard stuff?
If God is in control of my life, and He is good, then He will make my life easy. He will not allow hard.
God is in the hard, and His goodness is often expressed in difficulty.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a great understanding of this and The Cost of Discipleship. I really want to read this book sometime soon. I can’t believe I never saw the Bonhoeffer movie that came out a few years back. I remember that it played at the Angelika for a quite a long time.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- Hard forges our character.
Genesis 39:2-6 (the Lord with with Joseph is stated 4 times). Philippians 3:10. Colossians 1:24. Philippians 1:29. Jesus learned obedience through suffering and we can as well.
- Hard forces dependence upon God.
It will break our self-reliance. Jesus will only be strong in the lives of the weak. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
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