I never understood the role of the spiritual disciplines until I read Richard Foster’s book, “Celebration of Discipline”. Foster describes their transforming work by comparing the disciplines to a narrow path with a chasm on the right and on the left: “The chasm to the right is the way of … Read more about A narrow path to transformation
Last year my son August learned to submit his life to God. He quickly read the entire Bible, and the changes to his life were phenomenal. This year he has been helping me in starting a Young Life Club in the town where I teach. Even though he is only 14 years old, I have come to rely on his … Read more about Making disciples of our children
Besides my old stronghold of anger (see "a very personal story", I used to live with other habits that were sin. I simply did not realize that I could be completely free. But as I have developed the habit of sitting before he Lord every single day, he has finally conquered all of these old … Read more about We are not obligated
If we have walked with God for a long time then we have had powerful experiences where we have seen prayer work. We may have even witnessed divine healings or spiritual deliverances that have rocked our world. But (if we are perfectly honest with ourselves) we have also had times when prayer has … Read more about Holiness matters in prayer
This business of caring for my own heart feels a bit daunting to me. I know my heart is good, but I also know that the enemy of my soul would like to entrap me again with lies about myself. Caring for my heart feels like a “warm and fuzzy” kind of process over which I have no control. Nothing in … Read more about Partnering in my own healing
My thirteen year old son is growing in leaps and bounds spiritually so that he has already begun to teach me. Last week he pointed out (as he had been studying in his youth group) that the third commandment: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God…” Ex. 20:7 does not simply mean to … Read more about Misrepresenting God
Jesus taught that our actions reveal who we are: “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” Mt. 12:33 Dallas Willard states it this way in his book, “Renovation of the Heart”: “If I do evil, I am the kind … Read more about In hot pursuit of Christ!
Dallas Refers to the twelve step program as a life saving program. I couldn’t agree more. I thought it would be appropriate to review them as part of my last several blogs. (Types of addictions and A very personal story). I have linked some of my own blog posts to some of the steps as an … Read more about 12 Life Saving Steps