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My First Southern Baptists of Texas Meeting

In March of this year, our church affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Last week I had the opportunity to be a messenger on behalf of Grace Life to the annual meeting of the SBTC. Here are a few of my takeaways as a participant for the very first time: I appreciate that the preaching of God’s

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Job’s Faulty Views of Suffering

Job’s friends weren’t the only ones with incorrect views of suffering. Job had his own problems because trials reveal the faulty views of the sufferer. I see at least three in Job 4-14. Death is better than life. (Job 6:8-13) This is the position when trials continue with no end in sight, when health crises are unavoidable, when emotional trauma is unending, when relational

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Trials Reveal Our View of God

As we learn about suffering in the book of Job, we understand that God condemns all three of Job’s friend’s viewpoint on God and suffering. “…the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: ‘My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right…’” Job 42:7 Trials reveal faulty views of suffering. No one intentionally embraces

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Biblical Wisdom for Singles Seeking a Spouse

  From Pastor Joel’s message on Singleness this Sunday: What you are in your singleness, you will be married. Yes, it’s true by the Spirit’s power, I can grow and change over time, but my greatest need is not a removal of external circumstance, but an internal heart change. Marriage tends to compound weaknesses and character deficiencies, not cover them. Whether it’s laziness or

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Quotable Quotes from Sunday’s Sermon

I’ve had a few people ask for a few of the quotes that I used in Sunday’s message on Singleness. Here they are…

Let’s face it: singleness is not an inherently inferior state of affairs…. But I want to be married. I pray to that end every day. I may meet someone and walk down the aisle in the next couple of years because God is so good to me. I may never have another date…because God is so good to me. Paige Brown

 

For those of us who remain single, we might not experience the unique depth of intimacy with one person that a married friend might, but we can enjoy a unique breadth of intimacy with a number of close friends that comes from having greater opportunity & capacity than married people typically have to invest in close friendships. Sam Alberry, British Pastor

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Reconciling Unhealthy Marriages

From our message titled Resolving Conflict in Your Marriage, Pastor Joel concluded with five “precious remedies” that reconcile unhealthy marriages: (1) active allegiance to God. (James 4:7) When we submit to the temptation of our tongue, our passions, our pride we are declaring our allegiance to the devil!?! That’s not the way we think. We tend to think we made a mistake. When we

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No Way! No Growing Marriage Allow These

James 3 & 4 teach that there are four incompatible characteristics of healthy marriages: blessing tongue vs cursing tongue. (James 3:9-10) James says how can you curse at your spouse on Friday and worship on Sunday? The answer isn’t to stop worshipping. earthly wisdom vs heavenly wisdom. (James 3:13, 15, 17). Common sense is not always biblical wisdom. There are plenty of common sense values in

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