Check Yourself

Check Yourself

When maturing in God, there are certain things we can’t expect others to do. One of those things is checking yourself. No, not having someone else check you, although there will be accountability and once in a while, we do need objective viewpoints. We are talking about the basics — checking yourself and doing a self-assessment. There are two checkpoints that are very simple but very important. Read More

Slipped Treasures

Slipped Treasures

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34: 19)

OBSERVATION

It would have been much better, in my estimation anyway, if that verse read: ‘‘ The righteous will have zero afflictions; they will each be given a ‘Smooth Riding’ guarantee.’’ But it doesn’t. David wrote this psalm, and his life was not a leisure ride— it was replete with challenges and scored by struggles. Yet his life emerges as the quintessence of Israel’s best.

Cultivate a Culture

Cultivate a Culture

In our recent book Culture Shift, we speak about every church having a culture. It may not be the one we want, but every church has one. In order to develop the right environment, that culture must first be identified and agreed upon. Early on at New Hope, we decided that one distinctive of our church’s culture would be an undying devotion to God and His Word.

4 Principles for Growing Closer to God (Part 3)

4 Principles

So far this week, we’ve shared 3 principles for growing closer to God from. Today, we bring you a third principle .

4. Regularly Take Time for Reflection

We don’t learn from experiences. We learn from reflecting on those experiences. The key is reconsidering the responses you had to an event. Reflection is not rehashing old mistakes. It’s meditating on what God has taught you through those mistakes.

4 Principles for Growing Closer to God (Part 1)

4 Principles

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me— watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

– Matthew 11: 28– 30 THE MESSAGE

How do we follow Christ in this manner, learning to live freely and lightly in the unforced rhythms of grace? Let me suggest four important principles for growing closer to God through Scripture.