Learning as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 1

When it comes to learning and the Christian life, there can be two extremes. On the one hand, some can quote every book in the Bible and answer any question that you might have, but it appears that they have no love for the Lord. On the other hand, some have a ton of passion … Continue reading Learning as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 1

Bible Memory as a Spiritual Discipline

We have to be careful not to limit Bible memory to something that kids do in Sunday School. Memorizing Scripture is a terrific discipline for all ages and helps Christians in many ways. Below I offer a few ways it helps us and a link to a free resource. Bible Memory Helps Us to Ponder … Continue reading Bible Memory as a Spiritual Discipline

Psalms and Worship

Using Psalms for worship has been a practice of the church since the beginning. Listen to these words, In what accents I addressed you, my God, when I read the Psalms of David, those faithful songs, the language of devotion which banishes the spirit of pride . . . How I addressed you in those … Continue reading Psalms and Worship

Ways the Psalms Shape Us

God has used the Psalms to shape and reorient Christians throughout the history of the church. Below are some reflections on how the Psalms shape us. Speak to the Human Condition and our Chaotic Lives The psalms speak to the human condition. That is why we recently named a Psalms youth group series what we … Continue reading Ways the Psalms Shape Us

A Couple Ways to Journal

In a previous post, I discussed the practice of journaling. Now, I hope to give a couple of ways this can be done. The goal isn't to be exhaustive, but highlighting both spontaneous and concentrated journaling might spur you to think about journaling in a fresh way. Spontaneous Journaling The first way is spontaneous journaling. … Continue reading A Couple Ways to Journal

Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline

I can hardly remember a morning growing up where I did not witness something. Every morning without fail, I saw my mom reading her Bible and drinking some coffee. Every morning. But, not only was she drinking her coffee, she was writing in a spiral-bound notebook. I only once looked in one of these notebooks. … Continue reading Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline

Examine Yourself

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.”[1]   At the end of 2 … Continue reading Examine Yourself

Wesley’s Quadrilateral and the Corona Virus

Have you ever heard of Wesley’s Quadrilateral? I posted the image above to help understand it a bit. If you are unfamiliar, you’re not alone. This may be a new concept even for some with formal training. It is simple enough to understand. I will explain it below and try to help us understand how … Continue reading Wesley’s Quadrilateral and the Corona Virus

Gospel Relationships Kill Comparison

Galatians 5:25-26 "If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."[1]   This passage follows a discussion of the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh. The works of the flesh are dangerous to our … Continue reading Gospel Relationships Kill Comparison

Don’t Forget to Slow Down

There can be a tendency to view holiness by our business. If we are busy learning, doing, serving, etc. then we are are just like Jesus. But, is this true? Or is this simply a "can do" attitude, a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" focus that is then imported onto the Christian faith? Meditation, … Continue reading Don’t Forget to Slow Down