08 Feb 2016

FIRST: The Discipline of Study

In acknowledging of the undeniable importance of the prayerful life as the foundational element of Christian life, I would like to heed a German theologian Karl Barth’s advice which emphasizes

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04 Feb 2016

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS  *On December 6, 1849, at age 20, William Booth, the cofounder of The Salvation Army, wrote a set of resolutions which he maintained throughout his

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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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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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