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A Protestant Novena, A Dose of the Ghost

The following post was originally published May 12, 2010. I’ve republished this along with a related devotional series now compiled into one convenient nine day prayer guide about the Holy Spirit. The video is a recording of a live Facebook Session, done God-incidentally almost 7 years ago to the day of the original post. You can download your free copy of the prayer guide at the bottom of the post.  Blessings.


“Protestant novena” may be an oxymoron, because as far as I  know a novena is a totally catholic thing.  I wonder how many people reading this have even heard of a novena.  I never had until this morning.  Or, at least

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The SOAP Bible Journaling Method

SOAP Bible Journaling Method
I am a big fan of using a structure for your devotional time. Following a structure inherently helps you overcome common problems people have keeping a consistent devotional time. I recently encountered a bible journaling model known as the SOAP method. This easy approach is very similar to the daily practice I followed in college. I just lacked the acronym. Before I break down the SOAP method, I want to interject a word about the benefits of adopting a structure for your bible reading time.
 

BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING A METHOD

First, a method helps you focus. A method offers you a pattern to come back to when your

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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 to mind when you really need it. The bible talks

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Christmas Manifesto Reflection, Guest Post

Angie Southard, a Practical Disciple reader, created 5 intentions for the season of Advent and shared those in a post called Christmas Manifesto Revisted. Those intentions really helped her have a better holiday season and in the process she modeled some great disciplines for her family. In today’s post she shares with you her experience. As you read through the post, note how her simple concrete disciplines reached out and touched people around her.
 
Also, note that Angie set herself up to succeed by:
1) Having clear simple goals.
2) Physical triggers, i.e. Her prayer jar sat out as a reminder each day and she printed her gratitude blog, so that she could see and review it. These served as great silent teachers and

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A.C.T.S. Prayer, A Simple Key to Greater Breadth and Depth in Prayer


Do you ever feel as if you are praying the same things over and over again?  Or, do you find yourself at a loss for words only minutes into praying?  Does your mind wander when you pray?  These are extremely common problems which can readily be addressed by simply adopting a prayer model.  I have found that praying an A.C.T.S. prayer is a great way to both focus my prayer and expand my prayer vocabulary.  It is one of my favorite prayer disciplines.  A.C.T.S. stands for:

Adoration

Confession

Thanksgiving

Supplication

 

Adoration

What does it mean to adore someone?  It means that you love them.  You love who they are

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The Myth of Originality

Dusk in Venice by Claude Monet

Herman Melville wrote, “It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation.” We tend to have a bias in our culture against imitation. Imitation often equates in our minds to fake. For example, imitation leather or imitation fur. Imitation may connote something being cheap or of lesser value. The idea that originality is always better is not always the case. In fact, imitation can be an amazing tool for growth.
 
When I was a candidate for ministry I had to write a statement of faith that would be reviewed by a committee of my denomination.

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