How God Grows The Church 

Paul writes in Ephesians that the church grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. The church can seem to thrive when it is based on the charisma and gifting of one man, but underneath the facade of success will be fear, insecurity, and immaturity in the lives of the church members. 

We do not grow by listening to fine sermons; we grow by putting into practice what we have learned; all food and no exercise make for a very sluggish athlete.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. To be like Christ, we need more than knowledge; we need to experience him working through us, and this takes time and practice and opportunity.  

Leaders that deny others the chance to minister using their gifts do others and themselves a great disservice.

Finally, from a more pragmatic perspective, churches grow when church members like their church a lot, for when they do, they are motivated to invite others; they are motivated to get involved using their gifts and talents, and they are motivated to cultivate their relationship with God and others, which ultimately produces church growth – spiritual, emotional, and physical growth.  

Healthy bodies grow; it is an immutable law.
                   ~Brad Heilhecker 

Rock Solid 

When your identity is in Christ, your identity is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

Criticism can’t change it. 

Failing can’t shake it. 

List can’t determine it. 

When your identity is in the Rock, your identity is rock-solid. ~ Ann Voskamp 

One of my favorite quotes! ~XXOO Michelle 

New Clothes, New Wineskins, New Wine

In Luke 5, Christ explains the new covenant and compares it to the old covenant.  

His purpose is to warn us about trying to mix the two covenants.  

The old covenant was to find our acceptance by keeping the law; the new covenant is to find our acceptance purely by our faith in the finished work of Christ.  
His point is clear: we should not try to mix the two covenants.

He gives three reasons for this. First, by mixing the two, you will ruin the new covenant and you will not help the old covenant either (“the new garment will be ruined, and the old garment will not be mended”). Secondly, the old covenant is not able to handle the new covenant; the “new wine” will be spilled out and wasted. Thirdly, if we try to live by the old law keeping covenant, we will despise the new covenant, saying, “the old wine is better”.

It requires much faith, but what Our Father desires of his people now is that we turn completely to Christ and let him become our new law, let him become our new life.  

It may be a little old fashioned, but let us remember the wristbands with WWJD written on them: “What would Jesus do?” 

This requires a whole new mindset and an awareness of Christ’s nearness and involvement in our daily lives.  

We must trust that he is with us, guarding and guiding our steps, and teaching us what to say, how to think, and how to pray.  

He wants to be both our security in life and our significance in life. As it is written, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Be still and know I am God.

I will take care of you.

Your burdens, I will carry.

My love, I’ll give unto you.

Let me know your needs.

I will see you through.

Trust in me, and you will see

The love I have for you.

Lord, grant now a restful spirit,

Full of joy and peace to share,

Born of hope, mercy, and kindness;

We are courageous, forgiving, and fair.

Bold, triumphant, we serve Christ.

We love others and ourselves the same.

Marching together, one body,

His word will be proclaimed.

 ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Promises Promises Promises

Promises, Promises, Promises!!!
He has given us great and precious promises that we might be partakers of the divine nature.”  

The world often promises things that it cannot deliver, like peace, satisfaction, and joy.  
Our Father’s promises are different; they are iron clad; you can take them to the bank; you can stake your life on them.

And he is not slow in keeping his promises; some promises are for today, some for tomorrow, and some for eternity.  

We need them all!  

Finding all of his promises in the word is like a treasure hunt; however, when you start reading, it is not long before you start to find them.  
Promises for peace, for love, for joy, for hope, for courage, for strength, and for life.  

And his promises are backed up by his precepts.  

Following his teachings inevitably results in the fulfillment of his promises.  

His promises are also guaranteed by his person. He says, “Surely, I will bless and increase you.” Also, “In Christ, all God’s promises are Amen”.

Christ expresses a deep concern in Luke 18. He says, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” This world is a test of our faith. Each of the churches in Revelation was given challenges to overcome. There were fantastic promises given to each of them if they overcame. Our Father is generous; he does not expect us to serve him for nothing. He owns everything, yet he has bequeathed it all to his Son, and his Son now shares it with us.  

“Everything is yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” It is a perfect circle.

 ~ Brad Heilhecker 

God’s View 

The reward of humility [that is, having a realistic view of one’s importance] and the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the LORD Is riches, honor, and life.” – PROVERBS‬ ‭22:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Misbelief……..we all struggle with it.

Inadequate pieces of our heart…….we have those places too.

The enemy likes to mirror back a reflection onto our heart that represents his lie of deception. 

The truth is that no one looks at us the way God does. 

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God sees in us what we can’t see in ourself? 

He teaches us in his love. He sees beauty and we are his magnificent masterpiece. 

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 


Angela is on location in Guatemala doing what she loves with her ministry Sounds Of Love.  

Here are some great pics from her trip and also one of Eric,  Angela’s awesome husband modeling their new shirts. 

 You can visite Sounds Of Love ministry page for details, more pics and how to order your own T-shirt to help support their mission. 

Angela will return soon with more #WorthyThoughtWednesday posts! 


WORTHY THOUGHT: If we don’t pass our values on to our children, someone else will.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Train up a child gently as a mother or father would gently feed a child, a little bit at a time and often. 

Good impressions on children in their learning age will help them choose to stay on the right path and will remain as they get older.
 ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 


Worthy Thought: Good teaching comes from good learners who accept correction. 

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.  -Proverbs 12:1 ESV 

To all believers part of wanting to be taught is to accept correction, to learn wisdom from others you WILL obtain favor.

Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful. -Proverbs 9:11 NIV 

A person who scorns wisdom and refuses criticism has a problem with pride. Such a foolish person is unlikely to be taught and only hurt themselves.

                    ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill