Category: Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth Series: “Finding Joy In Deep Distress” by Charles Spurgeon

Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Dave wrote the first post in this series on the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. Joey Cochran wrote the second post in this series on the four functions of prayer. Chris Poblete wrote the third post on the practice of private prayer. Chris wrote the fourth post on the practice of corporate prayer. Matthew Fretwell wrote the fifth post on finding the silence of God. Brian Hedges wrote the sixth post on how to lead family devotions. Chris in the seventh post in this series shares from Hudson Taylor about the importance of having a personal devotion time. Brian Hedges wrote the eighth post on how to nurture biblical love in the local church. Bob Hoekstra wrote the ninth post on answered prayer promised in Jesus’ name. Chris wrote the tenth post in this series on humility. Brian wrote the eleventh post in this series on how to receive criticism. Today Charles Spurgeon shares about how to find joy in deep distress. **************** “Our heart shall rejoice in Him.” (Psalm 33:21) Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but...

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Spiritual Growth Series: Answered Prayer Promised in Jesus’ Name

Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Dave wrote the first post in this series on the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. Joey Cochran wrote the second post in this series on the four functions of prayer. Chris Poblete wrote the third post on the practice of private prayer. Chris wrote the fourth post on the practice of corporate prayer. Matthew Fretwell wrote the fifth post on finding the silence of God. Brian Hedges wrote the sixth post on how to lead family devotions. Chris in the seventh post in this series shares from Hudson Taylor about the importance of having a personal devotion time. Brian Hedges wrote the eighth post on how to nurture biblical love in the local church. Today, Chris writes on answered prayer promised in Jesus’ name. **************** The following is taken from Bob Hoekstra’s Day By Day By Grace devotional. Have you picked your reading plan or daily devotional for the year? Find out which are available at the BLB. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) We who belong to the Lord have a great invitation to thoroughly express our hearts to Him in...

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Spiritual Growth Series: Hudson Taylor on Why You Need Personal Devotion Time

  Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Dave wrote the first post in this series on the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. Joey Cochran wrote the second post in this series on the four functions of prayer. Chris Poblete wrote the third post on the practice of private prayer. Chris wrote the fourth post on the practice of corporate prayer. Matthew Fretwell wrote the fifth post on finding the silence of God. Brian Hedges wrote the sixth post on how to lead family devotions. Today, Chris shares from Hudson Taylor about the importance of having a personal devotion time. **************** Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was a British missionary to China and the founder of the China Inland Mission (currently OMF International). Against all odds and many criticisms, he moved to China at the age of 21 and went to unconventional lengths (such as wearing native Chinese clothing—considered a scandal by many Western missionaries of his day) to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached peoples of inland China. He has been used greatly by God and is currently one of the most widely-known and influential missionaries in Christian history. Taylor’s son, Dr. Howard Taylor, in Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (p. 243) accounts an experience he had traveling with his father through China. He writes,...

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Spiritual Growth Series: Finding the Silence of God

Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Dave wrote the first post in this series on the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. Joey Cochran wrote the second post in this series on the four functions of prayer. Chris Poblete wrote the third post on the practice of private prayer. Chris wrote the fourth post on the practice of corporate prayer. Today Matthew Fretwell writes on finding the silence of God. **************** One of the most common dilemmas that evangelicals face is becoming disengaged in the faith. Interestingly enough, while I write this article, I’m leading our church through a series in the book of Hebrews—this exhortation is filled with encouragement, but the truth between the passages of edification is that each one is chock full of warnings. As an avid baseball fan, an old player, and now high school coach, I can relate to how warnings and encouragement go hand in hand—we cannot have one without the other. It would be similar to me visiting a pitcher on the mound who’s about to face the opposing team’s best fastball hitter and advising him to just throw hard strikes—that wouldn’t work. I would need to warn him that the next batter can hit and will hit his fastball, so he must either be selective in where...

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Spiritiual Growth Series: 4 Functions of Prayer

Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Today Dave writes about the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. **************** – See more at: http://servantsofgrace.org/the-spiritual-disciplines-a-blessing-and-a-means-of-gods-grace/#sthash.NeuU697L.dpuf Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Today Dave writes about the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. **************** – See more at: http://servantsofgrace.org/the-spiritual-disciplines-a-blessing-and-a-means-of-gods-grace/#sthash.NeuU697L.dpuf Editors Note: This is a new series on spiritual growth designed to help our readers understand how to grow in Christ. Dave wrote the first post in this series on the blessing of the spiritual disciplines. Today, Joey Cochran writes on the four functions of prayer. **************** Introduction As a youth pastor, I heard all sorts of superficial prayer requests. “Please pray for my cat” or “I just want this boy to ask me to the dance” or “I’ve got this test that I haven’t really studied for.” I don’t want to write off these prayer requests. I believe God loves to hear from every one of his children and he honors all these requests. After all, he did say, “Whatever you ask in my name…” (John 14:13-14). Another time we can discuss whether this Scripture applies to apostles or adolescent teens, for now I wish to hone in on the purpose of prayer. You...

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