01 Feb 2016

FIRST: Lectio Divina

“Close your eyes, relax, be mindful of your breathing, listen as I read…” Yikes, what is this all about? Should I open my eyes and run? Should I sit here

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28 Jan 2016

The Benefit of Wonder

“Our culture is awe-deprived,” says Paul Piff, Ph.D. “We spend more time looking down at our phones than up at the sky.”(Ways to Get More Awe in Your Life, Good

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25 Jan 2016

FIRST: Solitude and Silence

Let me be blunt…..my first experience with the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence was uncomfortably eye opening for me. I was attending a spiritual retreat that incorporated the experience

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21 Jan 2016

Songbook Journaling

Would you like an idea for all the old Salvation Army Songbooks now cluttering up your shelves? Try Songbook Journaling.  This takes regular, everyday journaling to a whole new level. 

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18 Jan 2016

FIRST: Breath Prayer

Over the course of my four years at Olivet Nazarene University, Brennan Manning visited twice and had a profound spiritual impact on me. He taught us the practice of “Breath

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11 Jan 2016

First: Fasting

The idea of fasting as a Spiritual Discipline intimidated me. First of all, I didn’t know what spiritual fasting really meant and I didn’t know what I was expecting from

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07 Jan 2016

Cultivating Good Habits

When we hear the word “habit” our minds suddenly turn to the negative (smoking, overeating, nail biting, etc.), but there are certainly positive habits that, if we are diligent, can

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05 Jan 2016

FIRST: Systematic Bible Reading

January 1st is a time when I, like a multitude of other people, set goals or make resolutions for the year. I have done this for more years than I

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05 Jan 2016

FIRST: Experiences with the Spiritual Disciplines

The Spiritual Disciplines can seem intimidating. If I’ve never fasted before, should I jump straight to the 40 days wilderness thing like Jesus? Do I need to go out to

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01 Jan 2016

The Holiness Resolution

Samuel Logan Brengle (1860-1936), known as “the apostle of holiness,” was once asked for his secret of holiness, to which he replied: “Keep in the will of God, obey Him, seek

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29 Dec 2015

Start Something New in 2016

Looking for something more meaningful than the standard resolutions you tend to give up on by the 9th? Have you committed to “read my Bible more” but maybe you’re not sure

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15 Dec 2015

A Holy Weekend

Several months ago, an invitation was sent out to all soldiers of the USA Eastern Territory to attend the Holiness Institute for Soldiers with the theme of “Sanctify Us by

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