Author: James Williams

The Necessity of Memorizing and Meditating on the Word of God

In this series of articles, we are considering the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. In the last article in this series, we considered how to hear and read God’s Word. Today, we’ll look at two more ways we take in the Word: meditation and memorizing. Meditation Typically one doesn’t think of meditation as Bible intake. Instead, when we think of meditation, we think of some sort of ‘New Age’ meditation that involves ’emptying our mind’ and ‘finding ourselves.’ Christian meditation is not emptying our mind, instead, we are to fill it with God’s Word in order to find...

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The Necessity of Bible Intake in the Christian Life

Spiritual disciplines are a means of grace God uses to grow His people. Without active involvement in the disciplines, our growth will be stunted or nonexistent. In our last article, we began a series on the Spiritual disciplines, and today we continue that effort to examine them in more detail by considering the first spiritual discipline: Bible intake. Bible Intake Bible intake is the most important Spiritual discipline. A Christian simply cannot grow without God’s Word continually being consumed. Scripture is the only way we know about God, and if we are not taking it in, we are missing...

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The Necessity of the Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. Life truly is a vapor.  We typically take this time to evaluate the past year as we also prepare for ways to improve in the upcoming year. Oftentimes, we set goals or New Year’s resolutions for ourselves. As you do so, I encourage you to take time to evaluate your spiritual life. How could you strive, in the Spirit’s power, to see transformation this year? Spiritual Disciplines One of the ways the Lord continues to grow and shape us is through spiritual disciplines. Simply put, spiritual disciplines “are those...

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Are You Wishing Your Life Away?

My two-year-old son ran up to me, dripping wet, and said: “Daddy, this is fun.” Last summer, we spent a week visiting different attractions in Dallas. My kids were enjoying the splash pad at Legoland, and I was watching from a nearby table trying not to melt in the scorching Texas heat. As I watched them run around wildly, the thought hit me: “one day I’m going to miss this.” One day, I’m going to miss the wild antics of my young children. I’m going to miss my kids thinking daddy is the coolest. I’m going to miss the...

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The Reformation: A Return to Scripture

How can believers follow a God who’s invisible? How do we know what He is like, what He desires, and what He requires of us? We can only know about Him since He has revealed Himself to us, but where or how has He done so? This was a major debate during the Reformation and continues to be so in our time. Today, we finish a three-part series on the Reformation. In the first post, we saw the importance of learning from history. Then, in the second post, we saw that the Reformation was a rediscovery of the biblical...

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