Category Archives: Personal devotions

7 resources for spiritual maturity

Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading

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2 songs of worship

Take a few moments and listen to the two songs posted here. Continue reading

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Playing the divine lottery?

As a young boy, I struggled with why God allowed these things to happen to my mom and dad. As the oldest son, I was more aware of the difficulties but did not have the maturity to handle it. Throughout those years, I often prayed for God to intervene with a “BIG” solutions. Continue reading

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Get perspective!

Perspective or how we choose to see things can make a big difference in the quality of life. We can’t always choose our circumstances but we can usually choose our perspective toward them. Spiritual change is about transformation of perspective. Continue reading

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Hot tub religion

“As I sat there savoring hot tubness, cracking small jokes and adjusting to the feel of being bubble over from all angles, it struck me that the hot tub is the perfect symbol of the modern route in religion. The … Continue reading

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For those who battle discouragement

What should we do when maturity gives way to melancholy? Is it possible for restraint to be a cover up for disincentive or loss of motivation and hope? Can a sense of defeat lead to a deflated kind of resignation and then to cynicism and even bitterness? 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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