Spiritual Formation
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Flex Your Spiritual Muscles
Use power like our Master.

Growing up I wanted to be Mr. T. What's not to love? Big muscles, innumerable gold chains, a nice Mohawk—he intimidated everyone. His power and ability to physically dominate almost any situation mesmerized me (with the exception of the cinematic ...

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No More Mr. Nice Group
Five practices that take small groups beyond polite sharing to the disciplines that change lives.

God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure—people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith, and good character. I would not give my life to any church that was not serious about this calling—the ...

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Fasting
Fasting
Spiritual freedom beyond our appetites.

Seattle has its own smaller version of the Statue of Liberty. She gazes over Puget Sound, standing tall in a park that swarms with joggers and parents pushing strollers. From the rear she looks just like the statue in New York City with flowing robes, ...

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Blessed Are the Uncool
Blessed Are the Uncool
Living authentically in a world of show

Admit it: you want to be cool.

On your way home from work, canned ghetto-rage from a neighboring car pounds syncopated coolness through your windshield. Suddenly you feel uncool and you hate the feeling. So you lean back in your seat and put a meaner ...

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Learning from Horses
Training horses can teach us a lot about how we grow.

I am a third generation horse fanatic. My grandpa needed horses for the farm, and when they were no longer needed to work the land, he kept them for breeding and showing. Even though my mom died when I was just 19, she passed on to me her love of horses. ...

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Firework Display
How death and fireworks intersected one July 4th.

My mother called me. Then my brother called and said, "It's his independence day." Grandpa Halverson passed away July 4th. He was 94. I'd meant to call him that week.

I was at a fireworks display with friends when I got the news. Grandpa was worth crying ...

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Engage Both Heart and Mind in Worship
How to prepare for worship

There's an old joke among Meyers-Briggs users. Question: what happens when a passionate, hyper-expressive, exquisitely emotional feeler meets a logical, hyper-rational, Mr. Spock-type thinker?

Answer: they get married.

Too often deep thinking and profound ...

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Seeking God Together
Seeking God Together
A first look at spiritual direction

I was very nervous the first time I went for spiritual direction. I had never done anything like this before. I wasn't even sure I knew what spiritual direction was. And I'd never met Ed, the spiritual director I found through a brochure someone ...

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Top 5 Bible Courses on Parenting
These were your favorite studies on this topic.

No calling in life is tougher or more important than our calling as parents. Because of that, we've created numerous courses on how to raise our children with faith and wisdom. These are the top five that you have downloaded.

5. Fighting for Your ...

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The Art of Group Prayer
Lead your group in praying biblically.

We wrapped up our small group as we usually do, with a time for everyone to share their prayer requests. After we closed in prayer, Tom approached my husband and me. He was considering dropping out of our small group because he felt overwhelmed by the ...

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Superwoman Syndrome
Getting over feeling we have to do it all and learning to say yes to God instead.

In the 20th century, women broke more glass ceilings than any other time in history. Horizons for us have broadened dramatically due to events such as the suffrage movement, World War II, and even the reality of modern-day economics. Women can do—and ...

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Tell It Like It Is
How to speak the truth to a friend without harming your friendship

I'll always remember when my good friend, Sheri, called me on the carpet about my attitude problem. I'm thankful now, but at the time …

Sheri and I were sitting in her cozy kitchen sipping coffee and nibbling on bake-sale leftovers. ...

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Five Signposts of a Healthy Church
Look for these clues to see if your church is on track.

These five signposts will tell you how to bring your church new strength.

Rediscover your purpose

Searching for the purpose Christ has for your church can counter the seemingly inevitable slide toward spiritual entropy.

One of the most observable principles ...

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How Can We Gain a Good and Beautiful Life?
Putting on the character of Christ

The great preacher and founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley (1703-1791), was once approached by a man who came to him in the grip of unbelief. "All is dark; my thoughts are lost," the man said to Wesley, "but I hear that you ...

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The Virtue of Patience
The Virtue of Patience
Waiting without complaining

"Patience is a virtue." We're all familiar with that cliché, and many of us know that patience is listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 as among the fruit of the Spirit. So there's no disputing that the Christian ought to be patient. ...

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What Makes a Good Bible Study?
What Makes a Good Bible Study?
The answer may not be what you think.

Henry (not his real name) tried really hard. He wanted to become a regular Bible study writer, so he sent me a rather impressive résumé of his theological training and experience. I happened to need a writer at that moment, so I gave him ...

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Devotional Practices for Memorizing God's Word
Reclaim this lost discipline.

My workshop topic for the Renovaré International Conference in Denver was Scripture memorization. Since I was unknown to most of the attendees and would be speaking in Korean, which would be translated into English, I thought few would attend. ...

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One-Year Track for New Believers
Help those who are just beginning their discipleship journey become established in their faith through this one-year plan.

I was raised without attending church or having ever cracked open a Bible, except the Gideon New Testament someone gave me as a child. I was quite young and only remember that it had a picture of Jesus in the front. That was the sum total of my biblical ...

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Gratitude in the Lean Times
Gratitude in the Lean Times
There is a reason we say grace before the meal, not after.

Tell me this hasn't happened to you: family and friends gather around an enormous table decked out with the season's best fare. Somebody clears their throat and says, "I thought we should take some time to go around and say what we're ...

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Live the Giving Life
Live the Giving Life
Sean Tuohy, who was played by Tim McGraw in the movie The Blind Side, talks about how we can become cheerful givers.

Sean and his wife, Leigh Anne, have received growing attention because of The Blind Side, first a bestselling book and then an Oscar-nominated movie. The book and the movie are based on their outreach to and subsequent adoption of Michael Oher, now a ...

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