Category Archives: Mind Renewal

Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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In Step with the Master Teacher

According to the Master Teacher, the person who fails to make deep connections between earth and heaven is living in unreality. If he thinks this is his only life, he is not a realist. Continue reading

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Nothing wasted

After each of the following Scriptures, make a list of the purposes accomplished through suffering. Then talk to God about what you learned. Continue reading

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Silence and solitude needed

The practices of silence, solitude and secrecy are indispensable parts of spiritual transformation. But quietness seems to be an endangered quality. In a media saturated culture (dominated by technology), these disciplines seem to be increasingly at risk. Continue reading

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Struggle Theology

While reading some feedback on Tim Challies’ post “Desecration and Titillation,” I recalled a quote from a series of messages I gave many years ago. It came from the book, “Flirting with the Devil,” by Bill Pride and has to … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Christian life, Confession, Conflict, Counseling, Deception, Devil, Doubt, Mind Renewal, Pornography, Regeneration, Repentance, Resurrection, Salvation, Sanctification, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Victory | 11 Comments

A discouraged servant of God (action points)

  We can learn a lot about discouragement and how to find our way out of it by looking closely at a great servant of God who reached a deep state of despondency. His name is Elijah and he became … Continue reading

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Renewing of the mind

  Two mind-sets or two ways of thinking or seeing things.  Romans 8:5-9 “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So … Continue reading

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A connection you must make

Have you ever made the connection between Romans 12:2 and 12:3? It’s somewhat unexpected but absolutely essential to spiritual transformation. Notice the connection: v. 2 – “be transformed by the renewing of your mind (your way of thinking)” v. 3 – … Continue reading

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The anatomy of normal sadness

Life is hard when you feel like you’re stuck in a flight pattern you can’t get out of.
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7 Daily practices for the New Year!

Life is daily. So we need daily reminders. Check out the seven I recommend. Continue reading

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