Silence and Solitude as Spiritual Disciplines

"Sit over there and be quiet" that sounds like a punishment a toddler would receive, doesn't it? Being alone and being quiet doesn't strike us as something good from God. Yet, I think in an age of noise, these can be perfect gifts for us. I want to be clear, though; these are less God's … Continue reading Silence and Solitude as Spiritual Disciplines

Service as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 2

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of serving in the Christian life. This post will focus on a couple of ways that we can serve. Service at Church Diversity of Gifts Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12 discuss the variety of gifts within the church. Both are making the point that we need … Continue reading Service as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 2

Serving as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 1

Some disciplines refresh us and energize us so that we can serve and pour our lives out for others. When it comes to spiritual disciplines, these are two sides of one coin. We cannot merely learn, memorize, and forever neglect the people around us. This will not create a healthy Christian life. Instead, we are … Continue reading Serving as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 1

The “Just You Wait” Person

I hope that I'm never a "just you wait" person. Perhaps, I am at times. Let me explain. The "just you wait" person is someone who thinks they have been through it all. They attribute the perseverance to themselves and romanticize entire periods of their life. In doing so, they look down on all others … Continue reading The “Just You Wait” Person

Learning as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 2

Using our minds well is a big part of Christian discipleship. In a previous post, I covered the importance of learning and how it connects with our love for the Lord. In this post, I want to highlight a couple of ways we can learn. Learn Your Bible Our main diet for learning in our … Continue reading Learning as a Spiritual Discipline – Part 2

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