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My Lenten Spiritual Discipline, Why And How I Am Doing It

Lenten Spiritual Discipline, Memorizing Scripture, The Sermon On The Mount

After a lot of soul searching and prayer I have decided to memorize scripture for the next 40 days. Specifically, I’ll memorize the Sermon on The Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7, and live out lessons from it each day.

Why You Should Memorize Scripture

One of my friends on Facebook asked why I wanted to memorize scripture. My response was,

Whenever you dive deeply enough into a lengthy piece to memorize it, I find that you’ve truly internalized it and when that happens it shapes your behavior. Also, pieces of it leap

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What is Lent and is it biblical?

What is Lent?

Many Christians both protestant and catholic observe a season called Lent that spans from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Lent is generally a time for Christians to reflect upon Christ’s passion, to repent for sin, and to pray. In some traditions, fasting or giving something up is a norm. It can be a significant time of self-reflection and renewal of faith.

You will hear people speaking about Lent as 40 days, but if you look at a calendar you’ll find there are more than forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. That’s because Sundays aren’t counted.

Is it biblical?

No. The bible never mentions the word Lent, Ash Wednesday, or Easter. This is a tradition that has developed over decades and first started in the Catholic

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Gossip, Five Ways Nehemiah Teaches You To Survive It.

Gossip, five ways Nehemiah Teaches You to Survive it

Gossip can eat you alive; particularly, if you’re a leader. But, gossip is nothing new. Nehemiah, a lesser known figure of the Bible, stayed heroically faithful in the face of malicious opposition. You can learn much from his example.

If you don’t recall who Nehemiah was, he was a high official in the court of King Artaxerxes I, a Persian king. Nehemiah sought permission to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and it’s walls.

He was granted permission and returned to Jerusalem in 445 B.C. as the provincial governor of the region. He restored the walls with the help of people he enlisted. It was a great feat, but not

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What Christmas decorations taught me about discipleship

Yesterday I stowed the last box of Christmas decorations safely into the attic for another year’s slumber. I’ll miss them. I love decorations. I love the smell of a Christmas tree, the twinkle of lights, and the walk down memory lane each ornament provides. But next year, they will mean more to me than ever. Here’s why…

This year I found myself wondering how to tackle the Christmas story during our Wednesday Evening Bible Study. Every preacher knows the struggle — “What do I tell these people about a story they’ve heard a thousand times?” It’s the curse of familiarity.

In a last moment inspiration, I departed from doing a Bible study and instead explored the meaning of common Christmas

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How To Start Every Day With A Great Mindset

'Set your mind no things from above, not on earthly things.' Col. 3_2
How many mornings have you woke up with a poor mindset?  Perhaps, you are dreading something at work or begrudging your alarm clock. One way to turn around these poor morning starts is by training yourself to immediately adopt a godly mindset for the day the moment you wake up.

I woke up today, January 1st, and said out loud, “I greet this year with joy, for I am blessed.”  This was a variation on words  I’ve been speaking every day for years now.  Each morning I start my day with two thoughts in mind.  First, I declare “I greet this day with joy for I am blessed.”  Second, I

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Bible Study and Application: Setting Spiritual Goals

Setting Spiritual Goals

In my last post, I shared three ways God calls you through scripture: Principles, Tasks, and Changes. Today, you are going to learn exactly what to do to apply what you learn in bible study to your daily life. Specifically, how to set spiritual goals for living out God’s Word based upon the principles and tasks you encounter. Here’s how it works…



Principles are lessons that you implement indefinitely. These are ongoing standards of thought and conduct. Some principles such as, “love your neighbor as yourself” may prompt you to fulfill a specific task, such as, bringing your neighbor a meal because she has been

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