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All growth is spiritual growth
Everything you do is directly related to your growth in Christ. Your thoughts, actions, goals, behaviors -
The great news is that the Lord says that you are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. This means that God is invested in your spiritual growth and is using all of what I listed and more to ensure that He grows you to look like His Son. And, you are invited by Him to grow in this process.
Children grow physically by doing nothing. It just happens to them. They do have to participate some in growing up though. Emotional, mental and spiritual maturity don’t just happen. We have to be intentional to make this growth happen. Parents train us in social skills and controlling our emotions; schools teach us mental discipline and continue to present ever more difficult subjects so that we can grow. Sometimes our spiritual growth is not as intentional.
Here we mean to change that. Scripture tells us to grow up in the Lord, to mature, to disciple ourselves, to grow in knowledge and wisdom and to learn what pleases the Lord. And, what we do here on this page is just a very small part of our becoming spiritually mature. But, start here and then keep growing, keep learning and we shall all become mature in Christ and able to teach and lead others to Him.
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Purpose of Life
Bible / Theology ebooks
It all starts with the Bible. It is there that we begin to know God and ourselves. It is there that we see His plans and His ways and we see our future. Without a Bible it would be difficult to know His will and to know Him. But, God provided for us by giving us a living book. It is the manual for living before and for a holy God.
I only have a handful of studies here but I will continue to add more in my blog.
I do have a book that explains the whole Bible and how it fits together. If you have had difficulty understanding how each book relates to the others and want to truly understand the Bible then my book will be a huge help to you.
It’s called, “The Bible Explained.” And, when you finish it you will truly understand the big picture as well as a lot of the detail of Scripture. It is a great foundation for a lifetime in the Word.
To be a disciple, a follower of Christ, takes discipline. Discipline is the natural behavior of one who wants to learn from Christ and grow to be like Him.
Spiritual disciplines, such as Christian meditation, or studying the Word, are not new age or metaphysical nonsense but an intentional integration of specific behaviors that encourage growth.
So, I might decide to fast a day or two as I go to prayer about a decision or to deal with a bad habit. I might want to simplify my life in order to have fewer distractions to my spiritual life and less of a hold for the world to have on me. I might decide to study the Word systematically so that I might fill my mind with the of God instead of the distractions around me.
Spiritual disciplines are a way to effect my spiritual growth and focus my mind and heart on my God.
Is this all that there is? Is there nothing more and no real meaning to my life? What is the purpose of life?
Is there a reason I am here, I mean, me specifically? What is my purpose?
Great questions and there are answers. There is THE purpose of life and there is also YOUR purpose in life. And, the answer to both intersect.
Spiritual formation is a process and a goal. The goal is to look like, feel like, think like and act like Jesus. It is a partnership with God in making us like His Son.
The process is intentionally working with the Lord on our emotions, heart, mind and body. As in any process it is a continuous work. We grow and change, not in a steady pace but sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly but when we are devoted to this process the growth is always forward toward Christ.
The results are a transformation of character and we show see the fruit of the Spirit growing in us and our relationship with God and with others changing as we look more and more like Christ.
What you know and believe about God colors and directs your life. It determines whether you have peace in the midst of hardship or whether your faith falters.
You need to know God -
You have a great God. You can know Him.
God is with you every moment of every day for every day of your life. How often are you aware of this?
Learning to live in the presence of God will change your life. Every moment you will be loved, accepted, safe, significant and have all you need for any circumstance.
This discipline isn’t difficult at all but will be a turning point in your relationship with God and your daily life.
Learn to live in His presence. Click here.
Life is busy, hectic, stressful. When we have time to read our Bibles and pray our minds are whirling and hard to slow down enough to hear His voice.
In this discipline we start with one minute and add a minute each day to slowly learn to be quiet ourselves and rest with God. This isn’t the easiest discipline but it could be the most rewarding one.
Be still and know that He is God. Click here.
The Word is alive -
In this discipline, you will learn how to interact with the Bible and be transformed by it. God will search your heart with it and bring you transformation and rest through it.
Yes, there are 66 books, and Old and New Testament but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand how it fits together.
The big picture, the different people, places, and themes are all very understandable. But, you might need someone to help you to understand it all. That is why I wrote this book.
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