Category: Discipleship

April 3, 2024
The Secret of Powerful Prayer

Theologian David Mitchell reflects on Jesus' teaching about prayer in Matthew 6:5-15, noting that, "It’s not about me and my words. It’s so easy for Christians to feel guilty about their prayer life when in actuality prayer, Christian prayer, is talking to a loving and understanding Father. He himself is the secret to successful prayer. […]

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April 3, 2024
Strengthen Your Prayer Life with an Assist from Past Pray-ers

Zachariah Carter suggests using the written prayers of others when struggling to express our own thoughts and words in our devotions. "One of the benefits of written prayers is the opportunity to expand your vision of what prayer can be. Some prayers are deeply theological and can help you ponder the depths of God’s self-revelation. […]

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March 20, 2024
Hints for How to Pray

A Simple Regimen of Private Prayer In 1942, George A. Buttrick, a Congregationalist minister, wrote this guide to the practice of prayer, noting that, “Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship is not formal, but it is not formless: it has cultivation…the casual mind kills it.” The founder of Renovaré, Richard J. Foster, writes, "I am helped […]

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January 29, 2024
A Biblical Guide to Inner Work

Mark Roberts guides the reader through 9 biblical devotions , which reflect upon the ways in which a Christian's inner nature can be transformed by God for His glory.

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January 29, 2024
When work becomes an idol

The discussions in this podcast can help us to be more insightful into the areas of our lives where we may create idols. With useful suggestions to guide us in questioning our motives and reasons for attributing importance to different aspects of our work, this is indeed a thought-provoking conversation. "...what comes to mind when […]

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November 22, 2023
Are you ‘Practising the Presence of God?’

Peter Adam explains that the mandatory isolation of COVID enabled growth in his prayer life in a time-honoured fashion familiar to many Christians. "The expression ‘practising the presence of God’ comes from a book by Brother Laurence. For me it means putting into practice, whenever possible, a conscious thankful awareness of God’s presence, meditation on […]

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August 21, 2023
Workplace Evangelism for the 99 Percent

FOUR WAYS TO EMBRACE BEING A LIZARD The second in a four part series about workplace evangelism. The authors explain that a Christ-like character needs to be visible as trusting relationships are developed. "...spiritual conversations become more compelling—to non-Christians and Christians alike—when we view evangelism as a process that builds on earning the right to […]

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August 10, 2023
Love is Not a “To-Do” List

A thoughtful article showing how we can look to Jesus' example in his earthly ministry to find balance in our overwrought world of busyness. "I love a to-do list so much that my brain likes to think everything in life–including following Jesus–needs to be broken down into smaller tasks so that they can be checked […]

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August 3, 2023
Resources for Rest

As our lives seem to become more and more hectic, it is good to be reminded that God's design for us intentionally included Sabbath rest. "Even Jesus, though both fully God and fully man, had human limits. As a man, Jesus had to sleep, eat, and get away from time to time to be alone […]

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August 3, 2023
Prayer as a Cure for Idolatry

An insightful article that helps to identify idolatry, and how to consider the desires that can distract our focus from God. Links to other similar resources are included. "What’s your idol? What’s the thing that is most likely to compete in your heart with God? What’s the thing that presents itself to you as your […]

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July 17, 2023
Work as Worship

It can be easy to separate our Christian and secular lives, particularly where work is concerned. As well as causing us stress as we try to manage both, we need to remember as Elise Kouros explains, that everything we do should honour God. "Work has intrinsic value to God and can, by itself, be an […]

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July 17, 2023
A Spiritual Diagnostic

As the Apostle Paul urges the Corinthians (2 Cor. 13:5), we too should regularly examine the "health" of our faith. J. A. Medders suggests the following questions to help all Christians in that process. "1. Do you think Jesus is relevant for your daily life? 2. Do you live as though Jesus is relevant for […]

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