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Posts Tagged ‘Devotional Life’

This Month’s Free Downloadable Resource!

Just this week someone asked me where they should begin in their Bible reading. So many people are looking for a plan or devotional help. Some are looking for a place to get started. Others are looking for a place to start again. It is easy to allow your devotional life to grow stale. Remember that your soul may grow dry but the Word of God never does – it is perennially fresh! Go back to the Scriptures and you will find that the river still flows! My suggestion to others in recent days connects to this month’s free resource: REDISCOVER THE PSALMS. The book of Psalms is God’s devotional book for His chosen people. It is both the Hebrew…

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A Simple Idea for Families

Families are busier than they have ever been. One of the most challenging things to do as a spouse or parent is consistently read the Bible with your family. I must confess that I feel I have failed in this area more often than I have succeeded. We have done better at certain seasons than at others, but I want to be more diligent in putting the Word of God into our hearts and home. Pastor Sexton instructed us that a Christian home has more to do with what you put into it than what you take out of it. In one of the classic passages on the family the Heavenly Father reminds us that a key element in home…

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Free Resource: Help for the Daily Devotional Life!

Are you spiritually fit? Spiritual health does not come on accident – it is a product of purposeful disciplines. In recent days the Lord has taken me again to the words of 1 Timothy 4:6-8, If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou has attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.  Isn’t it interesting that the same two elements that are necessary…

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An Aid for Your Prayer Life

Prayer is a help. It is our connection to the great Helper! Prayer is our lifeline to Heaven and the only way to live victoriously on earth. Yet, as surely as I know that prayer helps, it seems that many days I need help to pray! My problem is not that I don’t believe in prayer. Belief does not always behave as it should. I cry out with the disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk. 11:1). If this describes your prayer life may I suggest three simple ideas…an AID to your prayer life. A – Adopt a prayer verse. There is power in the Word of God! One verse of Scripture can be used to motivate prayer and increase…

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Daily Bread (Daily Living – Part 4)

Confession: I love to eat. Food makes the day so much more interesting. It is one of my favorite hobbies to tour America by restaurant! Most of us rarely go a few hours without feeding our bodies…much less a full day! Yet many a believer goes days without feeding his inner man. There are so many malnourished souls in our world! Busy people trying to function without the sustenance that can come only from God’s Word. It is no wonder that many are weak and faltering. They do not have the strength to carry on. Our generation is more acquainted with feasting than fasting. We are tempted to give more attention to the body that will soon be gone than…

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Daily Worship (Daily Living – Part 1)

Some things must be done every day to sustain life. This is as true in the spiritual realm as it is in the physical. The Christian life cannot be lived on Sunday alone any more than the body could feed or rest only one day a week. It must be daily. Over the next few weeks I plan to share a series of articles on the daily disciplines of the Christian life. (Read the introductory post here.) I begin this new series of posts with one of the daily truths that God has deeply impressed on me in recent days – the necessity of Daily Worship. Worship is a most misunderstood thing in our world. Perhaps it has always been. Man…

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What to Do When Your Devotional Life Grows Stale

Has your devotional life become dry? As far as you know there is no unconfessed sin. You are reading the Bible and going through the mechanics of prayer, but it seems like mere motion. We have all been there! People often think that preachers must jump out of bed in the morning, always excited about their quiet time with God. Nothing could be further from the truth! We all battle with flesh. Even on our best days there is a struggle to keep the devotional life fresh. Permit me to share a few practical suggestions that have been of help to me…  Sometimes it is good to “switch things up.” All of us can get in a rut – our souls…

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3 Books to Use In Your Devotional Time

Books are wonderful tools.  When it comes to the daily quiet time there are a number of wonderful books that may be used with great benefit.  Occasionally I enjoy reading after an author whose sole purpose in writing is devotional in nature.  Oswald Chambers is a wonderful example of this.  His highly recommended My Utmost For His Highest is thought-provoking. E.M Bounds books on prayer are another good example.  They stir the heart to seek the Lord more fervently and purposefully in prayer.  Recently I ran across a rather new book that has been a great help to me in this way.  Though I know little about the writer, Bob Sorge’s Secrets of the Secret Place has served to enhance my daily…

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Our Daily Bread

This week a fine young man sent me a message asking how to keep his mind fixed on Christ while surrounded by so many distractions.  It is not an easy question to answer because it is not an easy task to fulfill.  It is the battle that all of us fight every day! My response to him was brief.  I am more convinced every day that God intended His children to meet Him in the morning.  The devotional time is not limited to a few minutes alone.  We enter the presence of God so that we may live in His presence all day.  The great goal of prayer and meditation in the Word of God is to know God in a…

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Brief Thoughts on How to Make Prayer More Meaningful

The new year brings with it fresh thoughts about our devotional life.  We all need to give more time and attention to prayer.  To God.  Recently a fine young man sent me a message to ask for a few pointers on prayer.  I felt ashamed to speak on the subject in so many ways.  There is so much more to learn about true communion with God.  My answer to him was simple: 1.  Learn to pray by doing it. We do not learn to pray by listening to lectures on prayer or reading books about the subject.  Prayer is fellowship with God.  It is deepened only by time spent in His presence.  Find a place.  Make time.  Pray. 2.  Spend…

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