SIMPLICITY AND FREEDOM

Ten Principles for Practicing Simplicity

We are constantly bombarded with the propaganda of Madison Avenue. Someone is always trying to sell us something — marketing forces always competing for our attention. It seems impossible to get away from the chatter. In contrast, Jesus calls us to a life of simplicity. How do we live a life of simplicity in the […]

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STUDY AS SACRED DUTY

The Four Steps to Christian Study

Studying is something human beings do instinctively. It’s the very first spiritual discipline we ever engage in. From the time of our birth – as soon as we can open our eyes – we begin to study the world around us. The Bible commands us to study. What are the essential components of this fundamental […]

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CAN FASTING BE A FEAST?

The Power and Purpose of Practicing a Fast

Food is the great American national sport. The rise of fast food in the 60’s and Door Dash in the last few years has taken food to a new place in human history. Access to just about any kind of food, on demand, has positioned food as the modern-day Baal. There is nothing wrong with […]

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THE POWER OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Debunking the Myths and Misunderstandings of Meditation

Paul warned us that our true enemy is not physical or material, but spiritual. In this battle, we are our own worst enemy. And the most effective tool that our spiritual Adversary uses against us is our own “busyness.” Our own desire to get more done in less time is what kills us spiritually. If […]

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HOW TO UP YOUR PRAYER LIFE

Five Ways to Develop a Strong Prayer Life

Prayer is the most fundamental spiritual act. It is the first spiritual discipline our parents teach us. “Now I lay me down to sleep,” is ubiquitous with childhood. We hold hands around the table and thank God for the meal. Children watch and they learn that there is something special about closing your eyes and […]

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HOW TO GET SPIRITUALLY FIT

The Power of Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines

The Spiritual Disciplines are the exercises a Christian uses to build up her spiritual muscles. Just like curls or bench presses, pushups or situps, the spiritual disciplines are tools any Christian can use consistently to get stronger spiritually. Over the next two weeks, I hope to work through some of the most important exercises. Practice […]

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HOW TO GET UNSTUCK

Five Ways to Recharge Your Spiritual Life

Do you feel stuck in a rut in your spiritual life? It happens to all of us. We experience times of strong spiritual growth and then life starts to get in the way — we bury our heads in a mountain of “to-dos” and the consistent work of spiritual growth gets sidelined. It can be […]

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THE HUMAN DIGNITY PROBLEM

Little Miss Sunshine and the Nature of Human Dignity

Human dignity is everywhere under assault. It is perhaps the greatest sign of the broken nature of humanity. The fact that we turn a blind eye to the cold and calculating destruction of human dignity points to a much deeper pain in the human psyche. What did Jesus say about human dignity?   Jesus and Human […]

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THE ESSENTIAL NATURE OF HOPE

Jesus, Hope, and the Shawshank Redemption

Are you tired of the grind? Have your problems beat you down? Do you feel like giving up? Jesus was no stranger to any of those feelings. He was under tremendous pressure to perform for the crowds. He was under constant stress from his enemies. He had the weight of the world on his shoulders. […]

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HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Six Psalms to Pray Over Your Children (or Grandchildren)

The world can be a scary place. The toughest, strongest person isn’t immune to an occasional bout with fear. It stands to reason that it can be extremely difficult for a child. What can you do to help your child navigate the scariest parts of life?   Can I Protect My Children? How do I […]

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