The Practical Disciple

How to Recapture Your Christmas Spirit [episode 58]

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Ten years ago I created and lived out a manifesto for having a more vibrant, joyful and Christ-filled Christmas. It was awesomely amazing. Over the years I have resisted my manifesto and every time the experience has proven to be an incredible blessing.. For those of you longing for an exceptional Advent and Christmas experience please consider adopting The Christmas Manifesto. Below is my original post as it appeared ten years ago.

In the podcast, I share specific ways that I have lived out these intentions. This year I only adopted a few of the eight intentions, but even just doing

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Dose of the Ghost – Living in the Spirit for the Common Good, part 9 of 9 [episode 57]


 
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Verse:

There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:6-7)

Meditation:

The verses upon which we have reflected over the past several days have revealed many benefits that come into the life of a believer with the gift of the Holy Spirit. We have looked at power, love, self-discipline, community, peace, and a whole list of fruits. But, to what end

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Dose of the Ghost – Replacing Your Thoughts with Spirit Thoughts, part 8 of 9 [episode56]

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This is part eight in a nine part series on praying to the Holy Spirit. To access the entire series click the link below.

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Verse:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25

 

Meditation:

In yesterday’s verse we were urged to set our minds on the Spirit

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Dose of the Ghost – Spiritwalking, Pursuing Peace, part 7 of 9 [episode]


 
This is part seven in a nine part series on praying to the Holy Spirit. To access the entire series click the link below.

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Verse:

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6.
 

Meditation:

How you live is a by-product of what you think. We are reminded of this truth in today’s scripture and I am reminded of an

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Dose of the Ghost – Re-kindling the Spirit, part 6 of 9 [episode 54]


 
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Verse:

“For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6, NASB)

 

Meditation:

Today’s verse reminds us of simple yet often ignored truth, the gift of the Spirit requires responsible continued attention. The greek word translated “kindle afresh” in the New American Standard Bible, is a difficult word to translate cleanly. An examination of five versions yielded four different translations.

  • The English Standard Version and New International Version-“fan a flame”
  • New Revised

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Dose of the Ghost, A Spirit of Self-Discipline, part 5 of 9 [episode 53]


 
This is part five in a nine part series on praying to the Holy Spirit. To access the entire series click the link below.

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Verse:

“For God did not give you a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Meditation:

The greek word that is translated self-discipline can also rightly be translated self-control, moderation, or prudence.   The idea behind it is one of rightly exercising restraint in moral matters. The spirit reveals to us truth, but it is not enough to only know the truth. We have a response ability to respond appropriately. The good news is that through the gift of the Holy Spirit we are

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