Articles Tagged 'Growth'

The Journey

The Journey

Spiritual maturity is the journey, not a destination.

Phil Ware compares the journey to maturity with a family vacation in a minivan and reminds us that maturity is the journey, not a destination as we seek to become like Jesus.

My Strength Is in the Lord

My Strength Is in the Lord

Where do you find your strength?

Russ Lawson reminds us that faith is a muscle we exercise and when we do, we mature and grow in faith and spiritual strength.

Thanksgiving and Walking the Boundaries

Thanksgiving and Walking the Boundaries

So what can we do to bless our churches this next year as we thank God this year?

Larry Davies offers a Thanksgiving check up for churches and their leaders as he explores things that make for healthy churches.

The Means to Growth

The Means to Growth

Does difficulty really lead to something better?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that difficuty can be an opportunity to grow and become more of a person.

Patience ... My Left Foot!

Patience ... My Left Foot!

How much do you really have?

Paul Faulkner tells about a paralyzed friend and his patience, but reminds us that all of us need patience if we are to be what God wants to grow us to be.

Beyond Defending Our Fortresses

Beyond Defending Our Fortresses

Why can't we leave our old positions behind?

Phil looks at our spiritual journey to be conformed to Jesus and to go to our home with God and asks how we can get so bogged down in being critical of others who are not at the same point in their journey as we are.

Cutting Corners

Cutting Corners

Most important things require us to hang in and hang touch to get to our destination!

So often we look for short cuts or ways to cut corners to get to a goal that can only be reached by hard work, perserverance, and a willingness to keep on working over time.

Exercising the Spirit: Rule of Life

Exercising the Spirit: Rule of Life

Are you ready to set out on your own with God?

The Rule of Life is our own commitment to live out the spiritual disciplines, exercising the Spirit and doing what God longs to see us doing.

Stretching for Our Gods

Stretching for Our Gods

What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve or find?

Patrick Odum reminds us that to grow we have to stretch, reach, and sacrifice but that is more than worth the effort because Jesus gives us back far more than we can ever give.

Persistence

Persistence

Will you hang in there when things are tough to do?

Growth takes consistent, persistent effort, it is not something that happens right now, but God is at work right now to make it happen in us.

Working on Your Soul

Working on Your Soul

What in the world does Ray Romano have to do with soulwork?

Ray Romano said he is off to do soul work remembering a note he received from his brother about something that Jesus said about losing ones soul.

Hear the Echo?

Hear the Echo?

What will people hear from you?

We create echoes by our life, so what kind of echo will you hear from the people around you?

Growth and Change

Growth and Change

Are you ready to grow and be changed?

Change comes from following the principles in the good ol' Bible given to us by God!

More than Change

More than Change

Surely you want to do something a little deeper than just another coat of pain?

External changes won't cut it, we need real spiritual transformation which comes from the Spirit of God.

Stuck!

Stuck!

How do you get un-stuck?

Stuck in an airport trying to get home, Phil realizes several lessons about getting un-stuck spiritually.

Living Life in Balance

Living Life in Balance

How are you doing on life's see-saw?

We need to be balance in our lives -- physically, spiritually, and relationally.

Change and Growth

Change and Growth

What motivates us to change and growth?

If we are going to change and grow, we're going to have to know what motivates that kind of change: affection, acceptance, and self-respect.

Exercising the Spirit: Lectio

Exercising the Spirit: Lectio

Have you really been listening for God in his word?

If we are to grow in our spiritual walk, we must exercise the Spirit within us and one way is lectio divina, sacred reading.

Better Get Better!

Better Get Better!

Are we willing to pay the price to really make a difference?

Learning to pay the price to get better or else we'll become irrelevant.

Are You Growing?

Are You Growing?

Have you settled on simply staying put?

We need to evaluate how we are growing and have a plan to continue to grow.

Our Safety Net

Our Safety Net

Jesus calls us to the future, not to fear.

safety net, net, rescue, Jesus, servant of God

Post-Traumatic Growth

Post-Traumatic Growth

Can anything good come out of pain, stress, and hurt?

Sometimes rather than destroying us, pain and stress sometimes can make us stronger and grow.

Right Direction and Losing Ground

Right Direction and Losing Ground

Does it seem like you're losing ground but working harder than ever?

So often we get pre-occupied with being busy that we forget to check our direction and our progress

Reflecting on the Years

Reflecting on the Years

What have you learned and done based on what happened last year?

As we age and the years speed by, we need to take some time and examine what we have done with our lives.

Exercising the Spirit

Exercising the Spirit

What have you done to grow your soul lately?

While we focus on physical exercise at the beginning of the year, why not also focus on spiritual exercise, too?