Tagged: Spiritual Disciplines

Elements of Effective Prayer

By: Adam McClendon www.newlineministries.com Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we are honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought.  That’s why Wayne Grudem’s often cited quote is such a stinging rebuke.  In his Systematic Theology book, he writes:       “If we were really convinced…

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The Enemy Within

How do spiritual disciplines help the spiritual life? Up front, it must be admitted that in today’s society anything with the word “discipline” in it sounds unappealing. Nevertheless, historically, spiritual disciplines (such as reading the Bible, prayer, fasting, worship, etc.) have been practiced by the church as a means to reveal sin and grow in…

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Teaching When Distressed

How do we continue to faithfully teach God’s word when our hearts are heavy? Distractions of all forms hit church leaders. These distractions are circumstances that burden the leader’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for teaching the Bible faithfully. For me, recently my mother exhibited extreme paranoia…

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13 Techniques for Biblical Meditation

The Bible repeated encourages meditation (Josh 1:8; Ps 19:14; 119:15, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148; 143:5). In a previous post titled Biblical v/s Secular Meditation modern-day meditation concepts were compared to the biblical mandate to meditate. In this post, 13 specific techniques for biblical meditation are provided. As a disclaimer, most of this information…

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Biblical v/s Secular Meditation

According to estimates, “10 million Americans…practice some form of meditation,” but today’s meditation is not as frequently presented as a form of spiritual development as it is a method to be practiced for its physical and psychological benefits. Studies now show benefits on a molecular level for stilling the body and mind decreasing anxiety and…

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