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Patient Grace

Chad Haygood

What comes to your mind when you think about your spiritual growth? What is your expectation of growth? Are you hoping and praying for a tremendous work of God's grace in your life in the near future that sets you free from the sins and burdens that you're struggling with today? How do you expect to become more like Jesus throughout the rest of 2015?

Willing to be Weak

Chad Haygood

Richard Sibbes, who Garrett mentioned in his sermon a couple of weeks ago, was a 16th and 17th century pastor and theologian. In perhaps his most famous work, The Bruised Reed, he said these words:

As a monther tendereth most the most diseased and weakest child, so doth Christ most mercifully incline to the weakest, and likewise putteth an instinct into the weakest things to rely upon something stronger than themselves for support.

Comforted to be a Comfort

Chad Haygood

One of the most difficult realities about life in a fallen world is that this life is filled with trials. Trials and afflictions are an inevitable part of life on earth. (James 1:2) We suffer and as long as we are on this earth, we can expect to continue to suffer. Though in many forms and to varying degrees, trials and afflictions will be a part of our lives.

Confessions of a Proud Man

Chad Haygood

"But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction..." 2 Chronicles 26:16

How to Make Christmas Special

Chad Haygood

As you prepare your heart and your family for Christmas, how can you make it special? I am sure that you, like me, want to focus your family's attention on Christ. Thankfully, we're not left without help. In a video from Desiring God, John Piper offers some advice on how to make this Christmas Special. Here are three points:

1. Try to show your family that Christianity is news.

2. Carve out regular times for special activities.

3. Outdo the mythologies of the world by showing that Jesus is 10,000 times more generous and joyful than Santa Claus.

The Blessing of Friends

Chad Haygood

At the very end of 2 Timothy, some of the final words that we have from the Apostle Paul before he passed into eternity, we see a surprising desire from Paul. Maybe it shouldn't be that surprising but coming from the tough, Christ-dependent, ready-for-eternity Paul it does come across somewhat surprising. What's one of his desires? He wants a friend. Isn't that remarkable? At the end of his life, as he faces unspeakable circumstances, Paul wants what you and I would want, a friend.

Prepare for Preaching

Chad Haygood

Toward the end of his letter to Timothy, the final letter we have from the Apostle Paul in Scripture, we read this charge from Paul to Timothy, "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching."

A Gift in Words

Chad Haygood

We’ve entered the season of gift-giving and gift receiving. To be honest, I love this season. I love giving gifts, especially to my family and if I’m really honest I enjoy receiving gifts too. As we’ve been making our way through 2 Timothy I’ve given quite a bit of thought about the gift of our Savior as well as the gift God has given us in His Word, the Bible.

Why Sovereign Grace?

Chad Haygood

We recently made an exciting announcement, Grace Life Fellowship has been officially adopted into the Sovereign Grace Family of Churches! This much anticipated announcement marked a momentous occasion in the young history of Grace Life as we have now officially linked arms with the churches of Sovereign Grace. As exciting as this is, it did not come without much patience, prayer, counsel, and thought. Having walked through this process we could not be more excited to call Sovereign Grace our home, our family, our denomination.

Working with Unbelievers

Chad Haygood

Christian employers and Christian employees find a similar joy when in God's providence he allows these two to work together. I've heard it before, how a Christian employer at a small business makes a concerted effort to only hire Christians in their business. Similarly, I have heard Christian employees lament over working for an unbeliever. In some respects, this is completely understandable. After all, as Christians we share the deepest unity imaginable, being united in Christ. We share common beliefs and common commitments.