Simplicity

What comes to mind when you think of practicing the discipline of simplicity? Most often the discipline of simplicity gets associated with taking a voluntary vow of poverty or selling possessions. Perhaps one reason we associate simplicity with giving away possessions is because it’s measurable and easily defined. But the discipline of simplicity should not be reduced to a set of external decisions concerning our possessions. This is certainly part ...

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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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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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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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The Exodus

Yesterday we talked about the story of The Exodus and finding true freedom from the slavery of sin in our lives. After reading through hundreds of cards filled with serious issues of bondage, I believe it is important for me to encourage you to continue taking steps towards freedom this week. That’s what this blog is about. Many people feel trapped by the sin they are in and don’t know ...

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