Spiritual Discipline

Spiritual Discipline

Prayer can be a difficult discipline and practice for us in the craziness of life. One of my favorite things to do is to meditate on and pray through scripture. A helpful structure for this practice is Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic discipline...
Spiritual Discipline

Spiritual Discipline

Discipline is essential to spiritual growth. I think too many times I throw my hands in the air and say “God will move my heart and change me” but I do little to initiate that. And yet James 4:8 states “draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” We have some...
Spiritual Discipline

Following After Him

Our lives are defined by the passage of time. We are born, we live, we die. We’re created for the kind of movement that time allows and God calls to us to come, follow me, on to the next thing. He called Moses and the people of Israel to come with Him, to leave Egypt...
Spiritual Discipline

Ministry of Encouragement

Our words matter. James wrote that the tongue was this crazy force in the world that could bring both blessing and cursing. Now, I am not a name it and claim it guy, however, as followers of Jesus we have the opportunity to speak truth in love to others, truth to...
Spiritual Discipline

Abiding in the Presence of God

Prayer is central to the life of the believer. Jesus teaches us to pray, models what a life of prayer looks like, and invites us today to engage in prayer as a way of existing. Paul challenges the church in Thessalonica to pray without ceasing. What?! How is this...
Spiritual Discipline

Frequency = Formation

This past week I posted a short note on facebook about rainy days & holidays being the hardest days for church leaders.  My note continued something like this, “It is right and proper for everyone to enjoy vacations and holidays, but when you are gone realize...