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.

When My Children Act Out in Public

Chad Haygood

The title alone jumps out at you, doesn't it? Well, it jumped out at me (maybe because they act out far too often). Here is what an author of another blog said,

Before I had children, I didn't realize how much I desired and yearned for affirmation from others. God has used my boys as mirrors, reflecting back to me the pride and selfishness I didn't know were hiding in the deepest crevices of my heart. Situations....provide the opportunity for me to recognize, acknowledge, and remove the idols.

Do you want to attain holiness?

Josh Reynolds

A powerful quote from J.C. Ryle:

How to Stop Church-Killing Gossip

Chad Haygood

Sadly, we've all done it. Whether we said something that we knew we shouldn't, gave information that was inappropriate, or listened to someone else, we've all gossiped. It's a constant temptation to us all and it is a terrible sin. 

Reading Plans for 2013

Chad Haygood

We all know the importance of reading the Bible. If not, we should. Just like our body needs constant fuel from food and water so our soul needs constant nourishment from the Word of God. The Bible, as God's Word to us, is our source of instruction, encouragement, rebuke, and hope. No matter where we are or what stage of growth we're in, we desperately need the Word of God.

Reading for Change

Chad Haygood

I love to read. Let me rephrase that, I REALLY love to read, perhaps to a fault. Opening a new book (and even better, finishing a book) is an exciting time for me. I love to read and gather new information and grow in understanding. Unfortunately for me, what often changes for me when I read a new book is not how I live, but how I talk. But is this how reading should change us? No! Reading should change the way that we live not just the way that we talk.

Fighting for Joy?

Chad Haygood

Are your struggling for joy right now? You may be seeking God yet finding yourself without joy and carrying a heavy burden. I came across this quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones today that should help us all in our fight for joy in God.

Always Thankful

Chad Haygood

Are your words, attitudes, and deeds marked by grumbling and complaining or by thanksgiving? Complaining is a constant temptation, but because of the grace of Christ we should be marked by thanksgiving. The Apostle Paul certainly was:

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you (Romans 1:8)

I give thanks to my God always for you (1 Corinthians 1:4)

I do not cease to give thanks for you (Ephesians 1:16)

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