Tag Archives: relationship with God

Toward Becoming A Father or Mother in the Faith

What are some markers of a mother or father in the faith? I take note of John’s descriptions of three generations of believers in his first epistle: “I am writing to you, little children,     because your sins are forgiven for … Continue reading

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A Waiting Posture

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”  Psalm 37:7 One of the more uncomfortable postures in life is that of waiting. Waiting for a follow-up phone call on a job interview. Waiting for the doctor to call with the test results. … Continue reading

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Figuring Life Out Gives Me a Headache, and a Heartache

Serious Research I have been doing an informal survey. It’s easy, you can do it too. Watch for all the times you and others around you make the following statement: “I have to figure this out…..” Listen for it. It can … Continue reading

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The Essential Need of Character Growth

Coming Full Circle If you have not read the post previous to this one, please take a moment to read it. The heart of spiritual formation is union with Christ. Personal formation, or character  maturation, is a corollary of that … Continue reading

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Personal Retreat

Retreating I regularly have the honor at speaking at all sorts of gatherings. Some of those gatherings are retreats. Retreats are places where we go to, you know, retreat. We deliberately flee the “normal” life so that we can engage parts … Continue reading

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Generosity in Giving of Oneself

On Generosity Last weekend I was a guest speaker at a church which was in the midst of a series on the hallmarks of their spiritual community. Generosity, of which I taught on, is one of those identified hallmarks for this … Continue reading

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Our Response to The Word and Implications for Shepherding

Does the Word Find Place in You (John 8:37)? A major theme in John’s Gospel is Jesus revealing the Father to us through the words that the Father taught the Son (8:28) and what the Son has heard (8:26) from … Continue reading

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Rest Revisited: What Does it Look Like?

“Ya, Jesus is our rest, that’s all good. But what do I do?” This might be a common response to a post like a previous one on rest. If you have not read that post, please do so. As I stated … Continue reading

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