Tag: Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation Part Eleven – Gratitude

While reading and studying how we grow spiritually, I found an interesting correlation between resentment, gratitude and our spiritual growth. It was Henri Nouwen that brought this to light in his book Spiritual Formation – Following the Movements of the Spirit. As with most things I read, I may not necessarily agree with everything an …

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Spiritual Formation Part Ten – Study

As far as spiritual formation goes, we sometimes forget about the spiritual discipline of study. To quote Dallas Willard from the book The Making of an ordinary Saint, by Nathan Foster, “We need to understand that Jesus was a thinker, that this is not a dirty word but an essential work, and that his other …

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Spiritual Formation Part Nine – The Crucible

Crucible a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.”the crucible tipped and the mold filled with liquid metal” a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new. A situation of severe trial…. What does …

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Spiritual Formation Part Eight – Meditation

Meditation often gets a bad rap! Why? I believe that many associate it with other religions and never realize that Christian meditation has been around for ages. And may be the one Spiritual Discipline that changes your life! To quote Nathan Foster (The Making of an Ordinary Saint), “The main distinction of Christian meditation is …

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Spiritual Formation Part Seven – Fasting

As I write this, Christmas is fast approaching. Christmas brings with it a lot of traditions. One of those traditions is FOOD. And we tend to eat a lot of it. No diets are started in December by any sane person – just my opinion! Many devise creative ways to rationalize the quantities we’ll devour. …

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Spiritual Formation Part Five – Solitude?

Hopefully you’ve already digested the 4 posts  that precede this…  If  not I’d encourage you to  dig into those first then return… Start here. So let’s dig into the spiritual discipline of solitude. As I write  this I’m home alone on a holiday, in which I am off work,  but my wife is not. The …

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Spiritual Formation Part Four

So you actually made it to part 4! If you’re new to this series, know that there are 3 other posts preceding this! Of course you already know that. But if you haven’t, go read  those short posts now. Today will be the last post for the “set up” of what will follow. Thus far …

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Spiritual Formation Part Three

So you found your way to part 3 – that’s good! I hope that means you’ve read part one and two. If not I want  to encourage you to  do that now. As we continue our journey together we’ll explore various ways to grow spiritually through an intentional spiritual formation path. Years ago I  had …

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Spiritual Formation Part Two

So where are you on your spiritual formation journey? Are you just exploring? Are you in process and interested in knowing more? Have you tried it before and became frustrated? Are you serious? Are you willing to put in the time? Are you sure what it actually means? A cursory Google search will render multiple …

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Spiritual Formation Part One

What have you done lately to grow spiritually in your Christian faith? Seriously, something intentional. Something past  just phoning it in. It’s my opinion that many protestants don’t seek an intentional Spiritual Formation path. This is based on what I’ve observed as a minister for over 25 years. So I’ve decided to write a series …

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