Author: James Williams

The Discipline of Serving Others in the Christian Life

It wouldn’t be much longer until his death. The disciples were gathered together for supper with Jesus. As they were eating, Jesus got up, took off his outer garments, and filled a basin with water. The disciples sat and watched as the Son of God himself knelt down. The eternal Christ, worthy of all praise from men and angels, got on his knees before them. Their dirty feet, thoroughly covered with manure and dirt from the road, were immediately in front of him. How embarrassing to have their dirtiness so exposed before someone so pure. Instead of turning away...

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The Necessity of Evangelism in the Christian Life

After speaking of the wonderful privilege we have in being able to know and fellowship with Almighty God, Martyn Lloyd-Jones states, “A man who knows anything about this intimate fellowship with God cannot stop speaking about it.” It’s natural for us to share with others the things in our life that are meaningful. We are currently in a series on the Spiritual disciples. We’ve looked at Bible intake through hearing and reading, Bible intake by meditation and memorization, and prayer. Today we will look at the Spiritual discipline of evangelism. We often speak of sharing the gospel, but are...

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The Necessity of Prayer in the Christian Life

After several minutes of crying and screaming, my two-year-old son asked, “Daddy, will you help me get my shoes on?” I gladly knelt down and helped him. He had been struggling and frustrated because he couldn’t do it, yet in his desire to be self-sufficient he didn’t want to ask for help. I was there the whole time willing to help, but if you’ve ever tried to help a two-year-old who doesn’t want it, you know it can be a battle. So, I just watched him and waited until he realized the truth that he couldn’t do it on...

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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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