Hi Five Oakers, The weekend's coming and there are a few things I want to share with you.
If you are motivated to grow spiritually, but you are struggling to make any progress in loving God more deeply and reflecting Christ more fully, your Rule of Life is either broken or non-existent. You need this 5-week series we kick off this weekend.
On the other hand, if you are a growing believer, you already have a Rule of Life. The term may be new to you, but most of what we talk about in this series will be familiar. Maybe you’ll discover some new avenues for bringing God into everything you do.
And that's what a Rule of Life is all about: it is the systems and structures you put in place that help you keep God in your everything.
Ed Welch on "Three Relationship Rules"
I am thinking about micro-applications of how faith expresses itself in love (Gal. 5:6). These might not be obvious at first. They accumulate over time. Here are three that have become important to me.
Joshua Reich on "I See You Tried"
In marriage it is easy to focus on the negative things your spouse does. They didn’t pick up their clothes, they don’t pursue you, they don’t cook the food you like, the whine or complain “about everything.” The list goes on and on. Yet, celebrating when your spouse tries is a secret to a strong marriage.
One More Thing
J.I. Packer writes:
“What matters supremely, therefore is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it—the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind. All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me. I know him, because he first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is no moment when his eye is off me, or his attention distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when his care falters. This is momentous knowledge.”