Disciplines and Obedience

Disciplines and Obedience

BEYOND THE QUIET TIME

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Spirituality fades easily in a fast-paced culture. Alister McGrath says evangelical spirituality needs to slow down and turn on the imagination to become more deeply in love with Christ. McGrath shows how to feel Bible study more personally. Chapters encourage Christians to look at the gospel with awe.
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9780801057083
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1996-06-01
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Baker Books

Celebration of Discipline the Path to Spiritual Growth 25th Anniversary Edition

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Richard J. Foster s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.

Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovare, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

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9780060628390
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2002-12-24
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HarperOne

CONTEMPLATIVE BIBLE READING OP!

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Contemplative Bible reading is an ancient method of approaching Scripture known as "lectio divina". It begins with a selected Scripture passage and moves to meditating, praying, and contemplating what God is revealing through his Word.
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9780891098997
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1995-12-01
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NavPress Publishing Group

CROSSING

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Illuminates the spiritual journey we all take and the choices we all take and the choices we make by focusing on five of the monastic hours, from Vigils which reflect on the edges of the day and our own difficulty in choosing to begin the journey, through Compline or night prayer, the time for letting go and remembering the reality of death. Full of humor and eloquently written, Crossing shows Christians how to bring faith and human experience together."
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9780819222909
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2008-02-29
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Morehouse Publishing

Disciple Makers Handbook Seven Elements of a Discipleship Lifestyle

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Many people believe that discipleship is important, but they need help. In fact, the vast majority of Christians report that they have never been personally discipled by a more mature follower of Jesus. Is it any wonder that they have a difficult time knowing how to disciple others?

If making disciples of Jesus is the greatest cause on earth, how should we equip people to do it? This handbook is a practical guide for how to embrace the discipleship lifestyle - being a disciple of Jesus and how to make other disciples of Jesus. With contributions from pastors and teachers like Francis Chan, Jeff Vanderstelt, Bill Hull, Jim Putman, KP Yohannan, and Robert Coleman, the authors present seven elements that are necessary for disciple making to occur:

  1. Jesus--the original disciple maker and centerpiece of discipleship.
  2. Holy Spirit--fuels the disciple-making process.
  3. Intentionality--making disciples utilizing a strategy and a roadmap.
  4. Relationships--creating a loving, genuine connection with others who trust and follow Jesus.
  5. Bible--using the Word of God as the manual for making disciples.
  6. Journey--forging a traceable growth story from a new birth to spiritual parenthood.
  7. Multiply--reproducing the discipleship process so that the disciple becomes a disciple maker.

Whether you are a parent who wants to disciple your children, a small group leader who wants to disciple those in your group, or a church leader who wants to disciple future leaders, the seven key elements in this handbook form a framework for understanding discipleship that can be applied in countless situations. In addition, there are questions provided in each section to help you think through how to apply the material to your disciple making efforts.

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9780310525271
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2017-02-07
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Zondervan

DISCOVERING LECTIO DIVINA BRINGING SCRIPTURE INTO ORDINARY LIFE

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Saints of the past can't seem to say enough about their ecstatic experiences with the words of Scripture. The writer of Psalm 19, for example, can hardly contain himself as he exclaims that God's words and ways have revived his soul, made him wise, brought joy to his heart, given him clarity and correct perspective on his life, and warned him of danger. Why should our experiences of the Bible today fall short of this standard? What are we missing? Spiritual formation experts James Wilhoit and Evan Howard argue that our ancestors in the faith responded to the special nature of Scripture with special habits of reading. In this step-by-step introduction to the practice oflectio divina, you will learn what it means to read your way into a new and life-changing intimacy with God. Their simple, easy-to-follow explanation of this ancient practice provides a perfect foundation for you to begin meeting God in his Word as you:
  • read,
  • meditate,
  • pray
  • and contemplate.
  • Discover a new experience of God's Word--one that leads you to experience more of God himself.
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    9780830835706
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    2012-06-10
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    IVP Books

    Dwell Life with God for the World

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    Popular notions of Christian spirituality today tend to focus on getting us out of the world or getting the world out of us. Many are looking to spirituality as a means of disengaging from this life to experience the transcendent or discover personal wholeness. On the other hand, much of popular Christian thought seems to be about avoiding the corruption of the world by being pious and following the rules. But Jesus offers a radical model for living. As the Incarnate One who dwelt among us to accomplish the mission of God, he teaches us how to dwell in the world for the sake of the world. If we are to become like him, we must learn what it means to live out this missional spirituality in the places we dwell. What does a Christian life deeply rooted in the logic of the Incarnation look like? Missional teacher and pastor Barry Jones shares his vision for authentic Christian spirituality focused on becoming more like Jesus. We dwell in a specific place and time in history, with unique bodies and in a world for which God has great purposes of redemption. This presence in the world should lead us to pattern our lives after the life of Jesus who was a boundary breaker, a shalom-maker, a people-keeper, and a wounded-healer. "Jesus' life shows us what it looks like to be fully human, to be whole and holy . . . to be in the world and not of the world, to live passionately for the world and not protectively withdrawn from it, " says Jones. "Allowing the logic of the Incarnation to inform our vision of the spiritual life corrects the tendency toward a self-oriented pursuit of transcendence or a negative spirituality of behavior modification and disengagement from the world." Including practical suggestions for real-life application and questions for discussion, Jones describes living a missional life from a place of deep connection with and dependence on God. Not only must we have a clear and compelling vision of the life we want to live, but we must also cultivate the spiritual disciplines necessary to live out our vision in the specific contexts of day-to-day life. We need a renewed vision of Christian spirituality that leads us to be conformed into the image of Christ who dwelt with us for us."
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    9780830836697
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    2014-09-02
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    Fasting Ancient Practices

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    "Fasting is the body talking what the spirit yearns, what the soul longs for, and what the mind knows to be true."

    -- Scot McKnight

    Christianity has traditionally been at odds with the human body. At times in the history of the church, Christians have viewed the body and physical desires as the enemy. Now, Scot McKnight, best-selling author of The Jesus Creed, reconnects the spiritual and the physical in the ancient discipline of fasting.

    Inside You'll Find:

  • In-depth biblical precedents for the practice of fasting;
  • How to fast effectively--and safely;
  • Different methods of fasting as practiced in the Bible;
  • Straight talk on pitfalls, such as cheating and motivation.
  • Join McKnight as he explores the idea of "whole-body spirituality," in which fasting plays a central role. This ancient practice, he says, doesn't make sense to most of us until we have grasped the importance of the body for our spirituality, until we can view it as a spiritual response to a sacred moment. Fasting--simple, primitive, and ancient--still demonstrates a whole person's earnest need and hunger for the presence of God, just as it has in the lives of God's people throughout history.

    The Ancient Practices

    There is a hunger in every human heart for connection, primitive and raw, to God. To satisfy it, many are beginning to explore traditional spiritual disciplines used for centuries . . . everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of the Sabbath. Compelling and readable, the Ancient Practices series is for every spiritual sojourner, for every Christian seeker who wants more.

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    9780849946059
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    2010-12-01
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    Thomas Nelson Publishers

    FASTING FOR SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH

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    "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough" is a thought provoking book on one of the least understood, but most powerful disciplines of Christianity. Most believers know about fasting, but few of us really understand the wonderful benefits that come when we fast with purpose and direction. Written in Dr. Elmer Towns' dynamic; descriptive style, this book gives the why of fasting, rather than just the how. Towns avoids a glut of techniques and schedules, and instead provides a probing look at Isaiah 58, often called the fasting passage. Learn how fasting can strengthen your faith and draw you closer to God, helping you to be a true overcomer in Christ.
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    9780830718399
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    1996-05-01
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    Regal Books

    FEAST OF LIFE

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    Serious Christians and new believers alike are looking for ways to grow in their faith. But does spiritual discipline imply sticking to a rigid diet of prayer and Bible study, church meetings and community service? No! In a friendly, conversational style, Jo Kadlecek invites Christians to come and feast at God's banquet table.

    Using the analogy of the four basic food groups, she shows how God wants to nourish his people with a balanced life so that they can have a healthy impact in the world:
    -- Solitude with God restores and directs us.
    -- Out of our time alone with God flows compassionate service to others.
    -- Our relationships in Christian community support and challenge us.
    -- Through contemplation of truth our minds are renewed, our lives transformed.

    Seasoned with anecdotes and quotations and sprinkled with interactive challenges, each chapter encourages readers to draw near to God and experience the abundance of his table.

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    9780801059476
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    1999-07-01
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    Baker Publishing Group (MI)

    FINDING REST WHEN WORK IS NEVER DONE

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    In a nonstop world with a never-ending list of to-dos, who's got time to rest? If we hope to remain intimate with God, it's essential that we make time for it. In this practical resource, Patrick Klingaman reveals the physical and spiritual importance of rest and helps readers develop a personal plan for pursuing it more effectively in their lives.

    - Gives details for observing the Sabbath, conducting a rest retreat and more
    - Explores God's provision for resting the body, mind, heart and soul
    - Offers practical ideas for invigorating weary believers
    - Helps readers thrive in their personal relationship with God and others

    Patrick Klingaman is the founder of Meaningful Work and Leisure, an organization that provides resources to help people find more purpose and spiritual significance in their work and personal lives. He conducts workshops and publishes a regular newsletter. He and his wife live in Maine.

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    9781564767882
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    2001-12-31
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    Chariot Victor Publishing

    GODS BATTLE PLAN FOR THE MIND THE PURITA

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    During the seventeenth century, English Puritan pastors often encouraged their congregations in the spiritual discipline of meditating on God and His Word. Today, however, much of evangelicalism is either ignorant of or turned off to the idea of meditation. In God's Battle Plan for the Mind, pastor David Saxton seeks to convince God's people of the absolute necessity for personal meditation and motivate them to begin this work themselves. But he has not done this alone. Rather, he has labored through numerous Puritan works in order to bring together the best of their insights on meditation. Standing on the shoulders of these giants, Saxton teaches us how to meditate on divine truth and gives valuable guidance about how to rightly pattern our thinking throughout the day. With the rich experiential theology of the Puritans, this book lays out a course for enjoying true meditation on God's Word.
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    9781601783714
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    2014-12-31
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    Reformation Heritage Books