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How to Keep a Sabbath (and Why You Should)


 

 
A number of years ago I asked a medical doctor,  “What is the most common reason people come to see you?”  She talked about a variety of health issues and then said something to the effect of, “While those are the things people come to see me, by far the most common problem I see in my office is depression.  People come to me for other things, but a huge number of them are suffering from depression. It’s just not the presenting condition that brought them in.”

We proceeded to discuss why so many people were depressed.  I proposed that a major contributing factor is that we

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An Intro to Lent and Ways It’s Impacted My Faith [Podcast Episode 22]

Whether you are from a tradition that observes Lent I hope you will listen to today’s podcast. In it I give an overview of Lent, but more importantly I talk about how taking 40 days (whether it’s in Lent or not) can formatively change your faith. I’ve personally been adopting a different spiritual discipline during Lent for over ten years and it has been one of the most important times of spiritual growth and renewal each year.

This post isn’t about dropping chocolate for six weeks or only eating fish on Friday. The post is about how select a focus for your faith and a nurturing a significant spiritual habit can transform anyone’s life. Below are

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Six Ways You Should Approach God’s Throne

 

 
How do you approach God in prayer? What mindset or spirit do you have as you enter into worship? This isn’t something I personally thought much about until about a couple of years ago. Nor did anyone teach me this as I learned how to pray. I was never intentional about mindfully getting myself in a good space – a holy space – before addressing God until I read Charles Spurgeon’s book “The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life.” The opening chapter of that book completely altered my approach to prayer, literally, in that Spurgeon challenged me get very intentional about

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Small Group Prayer: 5 Tips for a Powerful Prayer Group Experience


 

 
Praying with a small group can be intimidating. However, if you can overcome those fears, praying with a small group can be a powerful prayer experience.

I have a group of three guys I used to pray with via phone every Wednesday. This has been one of the riches spiritual practices for I’ve ever had. If you’re not in a prayer group, I highly recommend finding or starting one. Following are just three of many reasons you should regularly pray with a small group. Plus, I have five tips that will help insure you have a fantastic

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Surrounding Yourself with Objects that Reinforce Your Faith

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I spent a summer doing mission work in Alaska when I was in college.  For three months I bounced around the southeast peninsula offering vacation bible school in mostly isolated communities.  I visited my church right before I began and my pastor invited me into his study and said, “Here I have something for you.”  He extended his hand a dropped into my open palm a small silver pocket cross. sany1354 It was the first time I ever saw one of these.  I asked, “Is there some sort of story behind this.”  He replied, “No,

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The Power of Confession [Episode 15]

I remember the first time I got a serious virus on my computer. Out of the blue one day my computer began to malfunction horribly. Many programs wouldn’t run. I could not search for anything on the internet because pop-ups would cascade all over my screen. The virus wreaked havoc on my computer and took hours to cure. It was a miserable experience that was completely avoidable.

If I had only installed an anti-virus software, I could have avoided the whole mess. Fortunately, I lost nothing. I just found my life unnecessarily complicated. The time and productive frustrating. I find myself wondering after the experience, “How often does this same drama play itself out in my

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