Put Off/Put On

In yesterday’s sermon, we looked at Psalm 40, which is a “Psalm of Reorientation.” This particular psalm talks about some very practical ways we are called to embrace the new life God gives us when we fully embrace His resurrection power. The language King David uses in verse 8 implies that God wants us to take His Word inside of us, to the core of who we are.[1] He wants ...

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Submission

There is always a danger when talking about the subject of submission that someone will confuse the subject with oppression. Richard Foster says, “Of all the Spiritual Disciplines none has been more abused than the Discipline of submission. Somehow the human species has an extraordinary knack for taking the best teaching and turning it to the worst ends. Nothing can put people in bondage like religion, and nothing in religion ...

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Question on Corporate Fasting

As we have studied some “uncommon disciplines” the New Testament calls us to practice over the last few weeks, part of what we’ve tried to do is give practical advice concerning how to practice these disciplines. This is because, for the most part, the New Testament doesn’t always outline how to do these disciplines. As I said a few weeks ago, one of the main reasons why the Bible doesn’t ...

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Fasting

There are several examples in Scripture of God calling His people to do a corporate fast.[1] Every time God asks His people to fast corporately, it’s for a few specific purposes. First, God calls His people to corporate fasts to have them pay closer attention to His voice through the Holy Spirit. God also calls His people to participate in corporate fasts to have them pay closer attention to the ...

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The Prayer Life

One barrier many Christians face when it comes to prayer is found at the most basic, or fundamental, level. It is they don’t know how to pray. While this may seem like an overstatement, many believers never cultivate a deep prayer life because they lack the training on how to deepen their prayer lives. Richard Foster says, “Real prayer is something we learn.”[1] Even the disciples had to ask Jesus ...

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Practicing Sabbath

Yesterday we talked about the fact that honoring the Sabbath is something important to God. It is something He calls His people to remember and regularly practice. In the sermon we studied why the Sabbath is so important, we did not look at how to practice the Sabbath. While the Bible obviously calls us to practice spiritual disciplines like Sabbath, it doesn’t always tell us how to do them. One ...

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Cultivator or Consumer

It is possible that some believers in Christ may want to receive all of the blessings of grace from God but care little about carrying on that ministry of reconciliation towards others. While this may be the desire of some, the New Testament does not say this is an option for those who are in Christ. A.W. Tozer says, “Erroneously, many are taught and believe that the Christian life is ...

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The Voice of Silence

Any time a period of spiritual silence comes into our lives, our natural tendency is to fight against it rather than enter into it. We also tend to think these moments of silence come to us because God is angry with us, rather than God loving us enough to draw us into a period of silence so that He can speak into our lives in a new way. This is ...

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Signs

On Sunday we began our Lenten Series called “Signs: Indications of a Greater Reality.” We are looking at the 7 “signs” or miracles in the Gospel of John. I said on Sunday this is a series that is less “practical” and more “theological” in nature. It is a series where we are focusing in on the person and work of Jesus Christ and why it is so important. I’ve got ...

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From Beginning to End

Here is a link to the podcast from Week 1 in case you missed it: http://www.harriscreek.org/podcast/1-2-11.mp3 Our culture suffers from something called “death avoidance.” We are not comfortable with the subject and prefer to keep it “out of sight, out of mind.” We only talk and think about death when we absolutely have to. This has not always been the case. Many people used to die in homes, and young ...

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