Posts Tagged Spiritual growth

House Remodeling and Spiritual Growth?

House Remodeling and Spiritual Growth?

  The past two weeks, my home has been undergoing some remodeling. Yes, I’m excited about the end product, but the journey to get there has not always been pleasant. As I walk through this process, God is showing me similarities between house remodeling and spiritual growth. Here are a few thoughts from these two weeks: 1. You may want to quit before you get to the finished product. There have been times during these past two weeks

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Spiritual Disciplines: What are they?

What exactly are spiritual disciplines? Many people hear that phrase and think of them as drudgery, not delight. Just the word discipline alone sounds difficult and uncomfortable. But they can and should be a delight for us. Let’s look closer at these disciplines by addressing three questions often asked. What is the meaning of spiritual disciplines? Simply said, they are the habits of devotion that promote spiritual growth. They call us to move beyond surface

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How Do You Measure Spiritual Growth?

How do you measure spiritual growth? What characteristics do you look for? What activities would you be participating in? You may list some of the characteristics that signify spiritual growth as fruit of the Spirit, a repentant heart, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, consistency in your walk with God, the practice of spiritual disciplines, love for God and for His Word, obedience, fear of God, a changed life, and dependence on God. But to what degree do those

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Spiritual Disciplines: Delight or Drudgery?

I hope I’m as happy as my mom when I’m 97 years old and someone makes me exercise six days a week! Mom loves physical therapy and even though it’s hard at times, she keeps going. She actually enjoys it and knows the end result is for her good. She is such a great example to me. But as much as physical exercise is good for us, even at the age of 97, how much

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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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Will you Disciple Me?

Will you Disciple Me?

If you were to ask someone to disciple you, or vice versa, what does that mean to you? Discipleship looks different for different people, depending on where they are in their spiritual journey and where they want to go spiritually. When someone asks me to disciple her, I ask several questions: 1. What are you looking for in this relationship? What do you want me to do with you in our time together? 2. Where

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