Archive for the Discipleship Category

Setting the Right Priorities

The number one problem in time management is a lack of priorities. We don’t manage our time well because we haven’t established our priorities. So how do we know what our priorities should be? First, you need to determine what God wants you to do with your life. What is His purpose for you? You begin by developing your personal mission statement. You will find a study on my Resources page to walk you through it. If

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Are You Resting?

We have looked at two misconceptions of good time management over the last two posts. Today I want to share a third misconception: If I rest or take time off, I’m wasting time. Many of us struggle with this mentality. We think, I can’t take any time off or do something just for fun. I’ve got too much to do. If I rest, I’m not being productive. To the contrary, we need to have some

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Busy, Busy, Busy

In my last post, I addressed a wrong perspective we often have in time management – the perspective that hurrying buys me more time. This week I want to look at a second wrong perspective of time management. “If I’m busy, I’m being productive.” Good time management is not just about activity, about being busy, but productivity. What are we accomplishing in our busyness? We can be very busy, but not productive in our time.

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A Thank You Journal

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, have you taken time to thank God for His many blessings? We shouldn’t wait till Thanksgiving Day to do that, but it should be an ongoing daily practice. I confess that I don’t do it enough. So last week I decided to start keeping a “Thank you, Jesus” journal. The journal is beside my bed and before I turn out the light at night, I write a thank you

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A Wrong Perspective of Time Management

A Wrong Perspective of Time Management

What does your to-do list look like today? We are all busy, and we frantically try to fit everything on our to-do list into 24 hours. I mentioned in my last blog post that we have to set priorities in order to manage our time well. In the next few posts I want to address some wrong perspectives we often develop in managing our time. One wrong perspective is that hurrying buys me more time.

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Tick, Tick, Tick

Life is “ticking” away, one second at a time. Are we using our time wisely and making the seconds count for eternity? Or are we wasting time doing things God never intended for us to do? It seems that life gets busier each year, and we live at breakneck speed. At times, it feels like we’ve lost control. We have pressures of deadlines, family responsibilities, job duties, home responsibilities, church and ministries in which we want to

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Spending Time Alone With God

Devotional times or “quiet times” are vital to our spiritual growth. Seek to spend time alone with the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer. There is no one way to do it, and the method may change from day to day and in different seasons of life. The important thing is that you spend time with Him consistently. The purpose of a quiet time is not to do Bible study, although spending

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Growth in the Christian Life

Growth in the Christian Life

Are you growing in your Christian life? When I disciple a new believer, I always emphasize four areas she needs to keep balanced in order to grow deeper in her relationship with the Lord: Time in God’s Word Time in prayer Fellowship with other believers  Sharing the gospel with non-believers The first two areas strengthen our vertical relationship with God, and the second two areas strengthen our horizontal relationships with others. All four areas are

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Questions About the Spirit-Filled Life

Questions About the Spirit-Filled Life

When I disciple someone and take them through the Spirit-filled life, there are always questions. Here are some of the questions that typically come up. 1. Are all Christians Spirit-filled since all believers have the Holy Spirit? No. I was a believer but not a Spirit-filled believer my first two and a half years in college. The turning point for me was when I went on a date with a guy in one of my

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How Do You Become Spirit-filled?

How Do You Become Spirit-filled?

How do you become a Spirit-filled Christian? To be Spirit-filled means to be controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, but how do we get there? Although God does not give us a step-by-step “formula,” He does give us direction in His Word. 1. Sincerely desire to be filled and directed by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 You must want it.  If you don’t want the Lord to be in control, then it’s not going

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