Category Archives: Spiritual Growth Tips

Should Happiness Come Last?

   I recently listened to a sermon called God Never Said That: God Wants You Happy. After watching the sermon on my iPad I totally get the point of the sermon and agree with the overall message. The world’s definition … Continue reading

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Have Courage and Be Kind

Last week I enjoyed two trips to the cinemas–one with my wife and the second with my daughter. Both times we watched Cinderella. Though my man-card is certainly at risk of being snatched away, please hear me out. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Inspiring Humility – Some Weekend Reads

I guess you could say I’m an analytical thinker. It seems to show up in every personality test I take. It spills into my life as an engineer, a manager, a parent, an outdoorsman, a woodworker. I tend to look … Continue reading

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Learning About Learning – The 2015 Training Conference

Have you taught a class or given a presentation lately? Have you ever received training on teaching others? This past week I attended the 2015 Training Conference & Expo, sponsored by Training Magazine. The conference was held here in Atlanta … Continue reading

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Doing What We Ought To Do

I recently heard some great messages on selected passages from the Book of James. One of them that stood out was James 4:17 NIV If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is … Continue reading

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The A.C.T.S. Acrostic

My pastor recently finished a series of sermons about God’s Word–how we originally got it, how it was translated from the past to the present, and how we get it from our heads and into our hearts. In the last … Continue reading

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Before and After

A few years ago my wife introduced me to Bill Phillip’s book, Body for Life. I wish I could tell you I followed all the wisdom in that book, but I did read it and attempted to apply some of … Continue reading

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Bible Fluency — The Challenges

Being a believer now for many years, my respect for the Bible has grown and grown. But I can also understand why unbelievers, seekers, and those new to the faith often struggle with what the Bible has to say. So … Continue reading

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How To Do An Inductive Bible Study

Last weekend at our men’s group meeting, one of the guys led an inductive Bible study on the first chapter of Colossians. It’s been a while since I’ve done an inductive Bible study, but this proved to be a simple … Continue reading

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Ask It

My last post dealt with the search for better questions—what questions to ask and how to ask them. Recently, I found a teaching series from Andy Stanley called Ask It. In the series, Stanley poses a question that he believes … Continue reading

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Can Too Much Bible Study Be Hazardous to Your Spiritual Health?

Is there a point when too much Bible study can be hazardous to our spiritual health? The first time I heard this question, my initial thought was heresy or this is an outright attack on God’s word. Also, I recently … Continue reading

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Who I Am In Christ

For the past two weeks, I’ve been reading the materials of Dr. Neil Anderson, namely his book, Victory Over The Darkness. You might know of his more popular work, The Bondage Breaker. Neil’s main premise concerns spiritual maturity and how … Continue reading

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Your God My God – The Story of Ruth

Before Christmas my pastor did a series called Chick Flick–the story of Ruth. This Old Testament story is, no doubt, one of the best “chick flicks” found in the Bible. Only four chapters long, Ruth doesn’t take long to read, … Continue reading

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In All Your Ways …

Over the years, the Proverbs 3:5,6 passage has taken on a powerful meaning for me. I’d be a hypocrite, if I told you that I follow these verses religiously. My humanness often defaults to what “works” and the old college … Continue reading

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Falling Into God

Two weekends ago my wife and I went to see the box office hit, Gravity. You have to see this movie, and it’s especially good in the 3D version. A cliffhanger to the max. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney played … Continue reading

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How To Start A Discipleship Group

Why use the description Discipleship Group? I could just as easily used the term Bible study group, small group, Sunday school, men’s group, women’s group. Sometimes the name does describe subtle or large differences in what a Christian group wants … Continue reading

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Sweet-gum Trees and Sin

I hate Sweet-gum trees. If you have some in your yard, you probably know what I’m talking about. The other day, I broke a shovel trying to dig and pry one out. They are an odd and peculiar tree. Sweet-gums … Continue reading

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Disciple Them Forward

The above quote comes from the business world, but consider the application it has for many areas of life. One that readily comes to my mind—discipleship. Do you remember the 2000 movie Pay It Forward, starring Kevin Spacey and Helen … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth Tip #2 – Embrace the Tension

I recently watched Andy Stanley deliver a series of messages called Future Family. In the first message, he sets the stage by describing a pattern we all see and experience in our lives as Christ Followers. There is the real, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth Tip #1 – The Spirit

I’ve decided to begin a series of short blog posts on spiritual growth tips. These won’t always be consecutive, and I will continue to post some longer blog articles along the way. By using the word tips, I don’t mean … Continue reading

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