Spiritual Formation
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Is Patriotism Christian?
Is Patriotism Christian?
Finding the right balance

One Sunday morning in college, I attended church with an Austrian friend who hadn't been to many American churches. So after the service, I asked him what he thought of the experience.

"It was fine," he said. I could tell something was troubling ...

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Graduating Christian
How to finish college with your faith intact.

After two years of college, my faith was on the rocks. There was no one thing to blame. Doubt crept in with the new ideas presented in my classes. Away from family and the church I grew up in, some of my traditional beliefs didn't make sense anymore. ...

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Is Christian Cynicism a Spiritual Sickness?
We need to have a vital faith that is without illusions.

Cynicism is rampant in secular culture. It also flourishes among Christians. Though there is indeed a great deal of disenchantment with God these days, "Christian" cynicism seems most often directed toward the church. As an untidy conglomeration ...

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5 Facets in Spiritual Formation
5 Facets in Spiritual Formation
Use these steps to begin to let Christ form you.

Every person, at some point in life, must decide whether or not to receive Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior. But that is just the starting point of a lifelong journey in discipleship as a follower of Jesus. As the apostle Paul says, ...

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The Art of Dying
The Art of Dying
Living fully into the life to come

Our culture simply doesn't know what to think about death. Through medicine and science we know more about death and how to forestall it than ever before. Yet we know very little about caring for a dying person. We don't know what to expect or ...

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Walking on Holy Ground
How a trip to Israel heightened my awareness of God.

A couple months ago I was standing in Jerusalem at the Garden Tomb. It was the last stop after a week of touring the Holy Land. My group spent most of its time seeing the sites of Jesus' ministry in northern Israel, with the Dead Sea, Qumran, and ...

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Breaking the Rules
Breaking the Rules
Trading performance for intimacy with God

The handwriting in the front of my first Bible, the King James Version bound in black imitation leather, is unmistakably that of a child. The inscription simply says: "Fil accepted Jesus Christ on February 26, 1961." Looking back, I'm still ...

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Slow Down
Slow Down
We need to awaken the quieter virtues to be all Christ wants us to be.

I awoke to the sound of gunfire. I lurched out of bed, grabbed my aching knees, threw on my robe and ran to the window. Would I see a police squad storming my neighbor's house or a psychopath aiming a rifle into the sky? Neither. There, in the driveway, ...

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Am I Lustful, Gluttonous, or Slothful?
Spiritual formation is not just about reading your Bible and praying.

When we hear the expression "spiritual formation," we immediately think of meditating on Scripture, praying, journaling, and other spiritual practices. If, however, the goal of spiritual formation is that one's "whole spirit and soul and body be kept ...

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Beauty for Lenten Ashes
Beauty for Lenten Ashes
Keep your eyes unwaveringly on Jesus during Lent.

Lent is one of the most ancient practices of the church, one that has avoided any interest from greeting card companies—and many Christians. For unlike the nostalgia and wonder we experience at Christmas, or the victory we celebrate at Easter, ...

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The Value of Lent and Good Friday
The Value of Lent and Good Friday
Don't skip too fast to Easter morning.

On the Friday evening before Easter one year during high school, I filed into my friend's church and sat down near the back.

I'd never attended a Good Friday service before, and I was soaking in the details. The sanctuary was fancier than ours; ...

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Remember!
Remembering God's help yesterday helps us to trust him for today and tomorrow.

Memories weave our past with our present, and connect yesterday with today and tomorrow. When we're celebrating any kind of occasion, we remember the people who, over the years, have been there for us, supporting and encouraging us, making this day possible. ...

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Find Contentment by Killing Comparisons
Ever wonder why contentment seems elusive?

Being a Facebook user, I love posting prayer requests or sharing photographs with friends and family members. Within seconds news travels through cyberspace, lessening the distance between family and friends. Unfortunately, this also becomes a temptation ...

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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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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 Life as a Mentor
It's easier and more natural than you think.

I was having a midlife crisis, and I wasn't even out of my 20s. While others were moving up the economic and social ladder, I was dissatisfied and feeling empty. I wanted my life to count for something.

I was having a crisis because I had just ...

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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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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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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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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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