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Feature Friday (5/19/17)

We had decided to run a half marathon together. My wife had never done much long distance running before, but she had a goal to finish that 13.1 mile race. I had been a runner in college, but had not done much longer distance since then. And to top it all off, we had just had our first child 3 months earlier.

We had all the desire in the world. We had a detailed training regimen. But when it came down to it, we still needed to actually train. All the desire and devices in the world won’t actually do the training for you. You must still exercise. The same is true in our spiritual growth. We must exercise to grow. But what are the Practical Spiritual Exercises we can do to grow spiritually. Bill Hull lists 7 exercises to help us grow spiritually.

I pray that as you grow, a part of that growth is done with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (6/24/16)

“Read your Bible, pray everyday and you’ll…grow…grow…grow…” If you grew up in the church or around a Christian influence you are probably familiar with this song. It seems oversimplified. And to one degree it is. The Christian life is not just a 1+1=2 walk. However, there are certainly disciplines of the Christian life that really are means of grace from God. Two of the vital ones are Scripture reading and prayer.

But aside from reading random passages daily and muttering a few short prayers a day at meal time, how can one go deeper in your Bible study? Be encouraged! You are not the only one to have asked or be asking that question. A 13 year old girl once asked Pastor John Piper that very same question. You can find his letter of response here.

Enjoy! And as always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (3/4/16)

Grace. A gift. A free gift. An unmerited, free gift. An undeserved, unmerited, free gift. An undeserved, unmerited, free gift of God. Grace. It is something Christians are great at talking about but not so good at practicing. So how does one go about not just speaking of grace, but actually giving grace. If you have ever asked this question. Or if you are someone who curiously wonders about developing habits of grace in your life. Maybe you just need a bit of encouragement to keep doing what you are doing. Regardless of the motivation, this 5 day email course by David Mathis sets out to recalibrate our thinking on the neglected topic of spiritual disciplines.  David will show us how to access 3 life-giving channels of God’s favor through daily habits of grace—simple patterns that help us know and enjoy Jesus better.

I have signed up and am 3 days in so far. They are short, succinct, challenging, and encouraging to my soul. So go for it. Sign up @ Cultivating Habits of Grace.

And as always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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