Tag Archives: spiritual growth

No resting on your laurels

(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.) 11. Young people showed up gifted and ready to go. In the early 1970s I was working with high school kids at a church in Palo Alto, California when the … Continue reading

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Students forever at the feet of Jesus

Yesterday we established the fact that Jesus has put us all in the discipleship and disciple-making business, and that part of understanding what that means is to realize we are all students of Christ. A disciple is a student, and … Continue reading

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To the restroom (or heaven) and back

Chandler and I spent three days and two nights of this Memorial Day weekend camping and fishing in and around Lake Isabella and the Kern River near Bakersfield, California. The trip had one setback for me in that I forgot … Continue reading

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Are we guilty of narcissistic spirituality?

A little guilt is good; too much guilt is selfish. To wallow in one’s guilt is to place too much importance on oneself. I think for too long, we have been too obsessed with our own spirituality. God doesn’t want … Continue reading

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Pre-op prep

Step 6. Are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character. If this doesn’t hurt, it’s probably not happening. What does it take for God to remove these defects in attitude or character? It takes a … Continue reading

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Codependent town

Change always means adjusting to what’s uncomfortable. All change, even for the good, is upsetting.

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Live palms-up

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 Knowing God is based on an awareness of our own need. No one enters into a … Continue reading

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What about the warriors who went home?

A few days ago I received a message from David, one of our readers, who asked a question that has been haunting me ever since. The essence of his question was this: Gideon and his 300 are great, but what … Continue reading

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Mighty hero

The angel of the Lord appeared to [Gideon] and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” (Judges 6:12) As we get set to close out our study on Gideon, I want to go back to the beginning. Remember where … Continue reading

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When the thing you give is the thing you need

Gideon was a vulnerable leader. He was weak; he was a nobody from the smallest tribe; he was scared; he was hiding; he was a failure; and his faith needed four miraculous signs, including the live appearance of an angel … Continue reading

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