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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

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Are you hearing these three calls to action in scripture?

God's Calling...

God calls us through his Word to grow as disciples. You will encounter three basics calls to action in scripture: principles, tasks, and changes.  Recognizing these three ways God calls us is the bridge between bible study and application.

Why?  Because when you read scripture daily and actively look for these three calls, you will more often hear and apply God’s Word to your life. Here are the three types of calls:

PRINCIPLES to implement
“Love you neighbor as yourself” is an example of a principle for Godly living. Scripture is filled with basic commands and guidelines for how we are to live faithfully. Principles tend to be timeless maxims that you strive to live by indefinitely.

TASKS to accomplish

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Treating God Better Than A Celebrity


Ruth With The Officer Who Helped Her Meet Nick Jonas



Have you ever met someone famous? I did, once. I rode an elevator with Stephen King. It wasn’t a big deal to me though because I hadn’t read any of his books. My daughter, on the other hand, met her absolute dream celebrity her senior year in high school. She came face-to-face with none other than the boy band legend, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

She was visiting New York and went to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. At the time, Nick was playing the lead role. After the performance,she waited outside with a few hundred other people hoping to meet him.

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A quick easy way to nurture prayer in your family and be a witness


I don’t subscribe to many blogs, but one of my absolute favorites is ‘1000 Ways to Pray’ by Adena Hodges. Adena publishes short practical creative ways to meet God. I loooooved today’s post,’Refrigerator Prayers’.

Adena suggests posting a list of prayer requests on your refrigerator. Each time you go to the refrigerator say a a quick prayer and thank God for answered ones. She also recommends leaving a space to check off answered prayers. Brilliant!

This is a fantastic example of one way to increase prayer throughout your day by using a prayer trigger. Triggers are simply common activities that you use as a catalyst for praying. Some other examples include, coming in and out buildings, tying

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Plugging in and watching everything come to life…

Are You Plugged In?

Over the past year or so, God seems to be pushing Sabbath in my face over and over again. My wife and I got invited in the Fall to lead a retreat about Sabbath. That was the first round of God saying, “Hey John, this Sabbath thing I mentioned in the ten commandments, I’m pretty serious about it. That would be why I put it in the top ten. You’re not so bad about the other nine, but you basically stink at that one.”

Books, references, and passages just keep coming at me about Sabbath. Today, the call to Sabbath came again, but in an odd way. I was reviewing my goals

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[AUDIO] But this is Easter…

I seldom post one of my sermons on The Practical Disciple, but many people really appreciated my sermon from this last Sunday. I think you’ll find it particularly comforting if you have ever felt like someone died too soon and you just wished you had more time with them.

Jesus death was so abrupt. With the Sabbath rapidly approaching, the disciples had to hastily place his body in a borrowed tomb. There was no time or opportunity to properly mourn.

Sometimes loved ones seem prematurely taken from us. The promise and the joy of Easter though is that all of our desires to have more time are transformed to eternity.

If you miss and long for a loved one. Please listen to

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