Uncategorized | The Practical Disciple - Part 4

Posts in Category: uncategorized

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

Read More


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…

SHOW NOTES

PRINCIPLES

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,

Read More


Treating God Better Than A Celebrity

IMG_1396

Ruth With The Officer Who Helped Her Meet Nick Jonas

 

HAVE YOU MET SOMEONE FAMOUS?

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

Read More


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

Read More


[AUDIO] But this is Easter…

Empty-Tomb-Picture-06-1
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

Read More


[VIDEO] Remember the cross today

On this Good Friday, I encourage you to take a few moments and ponder the cross. I offer you two opportunties.

THE VIDEO ABOVE
It;s only a couple of minutes long, but it slows me down and helps me realize how costly grace is each time I watch.

A WRITTEN REFLECTION
I wrote the following piece a couple of years ago. It’s by design grammatically sloppy and will drive stRick grammarians nuts, but the cross wasn’t neat and orderly. These are words and images that tumbled out of my heart after spending time daily for six weeks pondering the cross in art from over the centuries. I hope it speaks to your heart about Jesus incredible

Read More