Discipline is not negative! Embrace spiritual disciplines and your life WILL be better.
In Part One, I quoted Dallas Willard in his insightful book The Spirit of the Disciplines, Understanding How God Changes Lives. He states, “A discipline for the spiritual life is when the dust of history is blown away, nothing but an activity undertaken to bring us into more effective cooperation with Christ and his Kingdom.”
We looked at the practices and benefits of meditation, sile
Spiritual Disciplines, Part 1
Dallas Willard, in his book The Spirit of the Disciplines—Understanding How God Changes Lives states, “A discipline for the spiritual life is, when the dust of history is blown away, nothing but an activity undertaken to bring us into more effective cooperation with Christ and his Kingdom.”
Common disciplines include meditation, silence, prayer, fasting, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, worship, confession, and, celebration.
The Easter experience is the joyful celebration and understanding that our sins have been forgiven. Jesus has gone to the Father and we are reconciled to Him.
But there is more!
The New Testament supplies additional information about our lives, not only are our sins forgiven, but it also speaks of a new life in Jesus. Jesus speaks of us having an abundant life. What does that mean? How do we obtain it?
Salvation means a different life—not just the forgiveness
COVID fear has tainted human relations with acidity. Add to this the generally accepted practice of “me first”, and results are anger, loathing, and hateful behavior toward one another.
Today I called to make tee-times for my wife and me at our favorite golf course. We are going for our anniversary and want it to be memorable. We had a special request for which courses we wanted to play; they have three. The person we spoke with was less than helpful and downright rude. My first reaction wa
How to focus your life on Jesus.
We’ve read the instruction to lead a Christ-centered life, but what exactly does that mean? I do think about Jesus at times during the day, but I cannot say that I feel I am leading a Christ-centered life. I still struggle with the same un-Christlike behaviors I’ve always had. What I long for is that awareness, that sensation of closeness, that impactful clarity of knowing and achieving what God wants me to do. My wife says she is reminded of God
Have you had enough?
Have you had enough? Are you ready---more than ready, to change your life from suffering the ill-effects of your behaviors? A life of sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasures, worshiping the idols of our culture, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, the feeling that everyone is wrong except your little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, all will cause the most miserable consequences. You may have e
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.” (NKJV)”
“For God so loved the world…”
In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, and man. God’s plan was for man to enjoy His creation. God loved man. God did not want man to be an automaton, living a life which God had programmed; God wanted man to enjoy His creations and be thankful to God for his place in Go
Isaiah 40: 31 “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
Reluctantly crawling out of bed, dreading a day of mask-wearing, limited movement, and the prospect of another day of sameness, it struck me; patience is needed. Patience is one of the more difficult things we must learn. We want it now. Life can bring us problems each morning. Even when we are optimistic looki
“Deliver us from evil.” Have you uttered these words? I sure have. When you observe the actions of people in our world do you ever call upon God to be your buffer? When schoolgirls are kidnapped and killed in Africa or terrorists set off bombs or Antifa maims and burns down businesses, does it seem evil is all around, lurking even where you thought you were safe?
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for d