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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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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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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01 Jan 2016

Detoxifying Your Soul

Baby Steps We all want to be more organized. The old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place,” is a goal we strive to achieve. I recently

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20 Nov 2015

Look for the Helpers

There’s a lot going on in the world today. It’s always been that way, but my eyes are opened more to it now than they have been before. As a

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19 Nov 2015

DON’T DO IT!

Okay. I’m not holding anything back. Here’s the deal. All advice is not worth taking. Seriously. Trust me on this one. Don’t do it!   What spurred this proclamation? The

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12 Nov 2015

LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, ENCOURAGEMENT, ADVICE

  It’s been a fixture in Hamilton, Ohio, for all of my life and all of my parents’ lives, and then some. For 98 years, Tom’s Cigar Shop has been

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06 Nov 2015

He WAS the Sermon

Sunday fell the day after Halloween. Our Corps Officers were out of town for the week, and had arranged for a very competent officer couple to fill in and preach.

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29 Oct 2015

The 2 Minute Miracle

Life can be chaotic!  Going to work, running errands, cleaning the house, feeding the family, ministry at church, (insert your specific thing here), so on and so forth.  The list can

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