Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

Five Steps to Take On Every Page of Your Bible

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Sometimes I forget that the Bible is not a textbook. The thousands of books written to help us interpret the Bible, like commentaries, dictionaries, and resources on systematic theology and hermeneutics, will never be as powerful as the Word of … Continue reading

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The Transforming Touch of God

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I’ve always enjoyed stories of rapid spiritual transformation, because they remind me that no one is beyond the gracious work of God. The Apostle Paul experienced a dramatic story of radical transformation. He was actively persecuting Christians until Jesus met … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Renewing Your Mind

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What does your internal stream of consciousness sound like? There are words floating through my mind at all times; some are good and purposeful and others are not. My mental monologue generally contains too much self-focused and self-defeating babble. What a stupid … Continue reading

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Wine, Weddings and Encouragement for the Stressed

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My husband and I attended  a wedding over the weekend, and we met a woman who bought a winery and has taught herself how to grow flavorful grapes.  Impressive, considering my house plants die due to neglect.  No wine making for me. Listening … Continue reading

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Truth for Monday through Saturday

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How much of what we learn at church on Sunday morning makes it into our lives Monday through Saturday? I attend church, of course, sing songs of worship, diligently take notes on a usually excellent teaching, and visit with fellow attenders.  As it should … Continue reading

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When is it OK to Argue?

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This blog has never carried a controversial tone.  I have intentionally stayed away from topics that might generate a nasty comment thread and not because I am afraid of vigorous debate.  (Ok, I admit I’m not terribly thick-skinned, but I do have … Continue reading

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Framing a Stroke – Which Frame?

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How should I look at my experience with a stroke?  My recovery has been excellent, but the truth that I had a stroke still stands.  It’s disturbing. I come face to face with the age old question: If there is a God, … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 3): The Influence of Christ

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Picture the US as a pluralistic playground on which people holding very different value systems live, work and play together.   Without a common value system, who decides what is “fair” and what is “foul?” In my last post I suggested that entertainment and politics are two powerful … Continue reading

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Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and a Mid-life Crisis: A Guide to Reading the Bible

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Do you ever struggle to understand  individual books, chapters or verses of the Bible? Most of us do.  The sixty-six books of the Bible were written over roughly 1500 years by many different authors in three ancient languages, and the books … Continue reading

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What is the Best You can do for the Kingdom?

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Have you ever asked yourself that question?  It is a challenging question, and I thank our pastor for asking it in a recent sermon.   While I would call myself a Kingdom-minded Christian, I do not recall ever directly applying this question … Continue reading

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