Bible Study | The Practical Disciple - Part 5

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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

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Are you abusing Phil. 4:6? “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer…”

8a1cce78429df942e8ad31256b3266ffPhillippians 4:6 is what I call a coffee cup verse.  It gets splashed around on mugs, tee-shirts, hats, and regalia.  It also gets tossed at people going through stress-laden experiences as the be all, end-all, prescription for facing hardship.  Frankly, doing so abuses the text and often times sets up that person to feel like a failure.

I’ve been in hard times and read this verse prescriptively.  I told myself, “Okay, just stop worrying and start praying.”  I tried.  I tried REALLY  hard.  Usually, I failed.  I couldn’t just turn off my anxiety because someone said, “It’s now time for you to choose to no longer be anxious.”

So, what’s the problem?  This verse is

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How To Never Miss Your Prayer or Bible Time


You’ve got to love the tenacity of the little mouse with a helmet in the picture above that I found as a poster on But all of the tenacity in the world isn’t going to help you without a successful strategy. Succeeding at keeping any spiritual discipline can be hard. We all fall into slumps. Even the most committed people do. When your prayer time tumbles down your priority list or you get behind in a bible reading plan, giving up can feel like your only option. Don’t. Try the five proven motivational triggers in this article first. These proven strategies boost your mental energy to help you

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God Help Me Start Over


“God help me start over.” That’s what I was feeling recently. I wasn’t pleased with my life; particularly, my relationship with the Lord. I wasn’t pleased with how I was spending my time, failing to meet goals, or my blog. Somehow I allowed myself to get off track and God was in the margins. Have you been there?

Praise God that our God believes in starting over. God calls us to start over. He yearns for us to start over. We see it in the story of the prodigal son. We hear it in the call to become a new creation. I don’t know what starting over means for you,

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Don’t overlook the basics–Starting the Day in the Word

As some of you know, over the last three months I was on a Sabbatical. A Sabbatical is a dangerous thing. Your time is almost entirely your own. You have no one to point a finger at if you miss your morning devotional time, fail to work out, or some other basic activity of a good life. I learned a lot about myself during that time and why I do or don’t do things.

The hobgoblin of my missed morning devotional is busyness. When I do fail to get my Bible reading done in the morning, the simple and undeniable reality I find is that it’s because I simply failed to make it a priority. I allowed other activities to nudge there way to the

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Growing Your Skills to Give God Your Very Best

How are you doing so far this year as a disciple?  That’s the question I asked myself this morning in my prayer closet.  Can you believe a month of 2012 is already gone?   I paused in my prayer closet today to specifically evaluate how I am doing at my 5 SPARK intentions for the year: Study, Prayer, Action, Rest and Kindling.  I want to share with you a quick look at how my intentions are going so far and then share with you the importance of growing your skills for the work God has given you.

My SPARK benefits have been:

  • More time in prayer. I spend anywhere between 30 minutes

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