Tag Archives: spiritual growth

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Deo Volente

Not that I’m actively looking for new latin phrases to add to my vocabulary, but I found this particular phrase–Deo Volente–intriguing. In the early 1900’s it was common for the English to end their personal letters with Deo Volente or … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord is My Guide

Psalm 23 continues to be one of my favorite Psalms. I’m impressed by how David relates so personally to God. David could easily identify with shepherding, and he saw God as his great Shepherd. Of course, David was a shepherd … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Seeing By God’s Light

A couple of weeks ago my wife took the picture below, a spring-break view from St. George Island. And later she read to me from C.S. Lewis’ work, Is Theology Poetry? This is where the Lewis quote comes from. During … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Let’s Go Home

A few weeks ago, I took this picture of my beagle, Chevy, while walking down a trail in Chattahoochee Bend Park. It was our turnaround point. I know this leash drives her crazy. It would drive me bonkers too. Here’s … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hanging Out In James

Are you tired of making foolish decisions? Tired of saying stupid stuff? Are you tired of struggling with your sins and fostering a long-distance relationship with God? Want God to answer your prayers? If you said yes to those questions, … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Learn On, Lead On

Last week I stumbled upon this quote by Ken Blanchard. I can certainly identify with these words in my own life. One of the keys to growing as a leader—whether as a manager, father, mother, teacher—is to never stop learning. … Continue reading

Posted in Learning, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Meditating On God’s Stories

Who doesn’t love a great story? For this post, I want to explore the power of stories, particularly Bible stories and what they mean to our spiritual growth and our relationship to God. I love stories and especially the stories … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Spiritual Growth Tips, Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Unshackled–Now What?

This morning I read through the Book of Romans and began to meditate on chapter 6, especially verses 12 to 14. This brought to remembrance a message I had heard by Tony Evans years ago. Tony compared the situation of … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

God Cherishes You

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6,7 I … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Trust Opens Doors

In his book, The Speed of Trust, Stephen M. R. Covey explains how trust determines two important outcomes for a company: speed and cost. Trust goes up–speed goes up, and costs go down. According to Covey, trust holds a great … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guardrails for Life

This past Saturday in my men’s group, a friend introduced me to a sermon by Andy Stanley called Guardrails. I would highly recommend you watching the entire Guardrails message on Stanley’s North Point Church site. Everyone knows what a guardrail … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Abiding in Christ

Last Sunday, my pastor preached a wonderful sermon about abiding in Christ. You can probably guess the scripture: Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments