Spiritual Disciplines

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Celebration and Hospitality – Spiritual Disciplines Pt 12

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Celebration and Hospitality Celebration is focusing on God’s work in the world and in our lives, drawing joy and strength as we recognize God’s faithfulness in our lives. We need to constantly celebrate God’s activity because it brings praise to him. Hospitality is showing kindness to friends and strangers, which often results in blessing, at […]

Fellowship and Chastity – Spiritual Disciplines Pt 11

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Fellowship and Chastity Fellowship is being with others in ways that help us grow in our faith, engaging in common activities of worship, study, prayer, celebration and service with other disciples. This is engaging in covenant community with God’s family, letting God grow us up in faith as we do so. Chastity is purposely turning […]

Submission and Sabbath – Spiritual Disciplines Part 10

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Submission and Sabbath Submission is giving up our way in favor of someone else’s, engaging in the highest level of fellowship in acts of humility, complete honesty, transparency and at times confession and restitution. In other words, placing oneself under the authority of another. As Christians we are to first submit to God, and then […]

Exercise & Surrender – Spiritual Disciplines Part 9

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Exercise and Surrender Exercise is engaging in physical activity or exertion in order to grow and maintain a healthy body. We could have put this with temperance and fasting, but it is intentional, but not just to grow strong physically, but to learn to depend on God’s strength as well. That’s why I paired it […]

Fasting & Temperance – Spiritual Disciplines Pt 8

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Fasting and Temperance Temperance is self-control—the mastery of one’s desires, passions and especially sensual appetites. It is the antidote to gluttony, which is being dominated by our desires. Fasting is purposely depriving ourselves of things that can keep us from depending on God to meet our needs. It is abstaining in some significant way from […]

Retreat and Pilgrimage & Sabbatical

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Retreat and Pilgrimage & Sabbatical Psalm 46:10  Be still and know that I am God Retreat is removing yourself from your usual environment to a specific place for a longer stretch of solitude for extended discussion with God, for throwing forth thoughts and feelings, working things out, being still and waiting on the Lord. Retreat […]

Guidance and Confession – Spiritual Disciplines Pt 6

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Psalm 51:4  Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight James 5:16  Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Confession is telling the truth about what we’ve done and admitting our responsibility so we can experience true forgiveness. God […]

Study – Spiritual Disciplines Pt 5

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II Timothy 2:15   Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (MEV) As a spiritual discipline, study means using any tools available to learn all we can about the truth of God’s Word, engaging ourselves, above all, with the written and spoken Word […]