Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Be The Boss

I absolutely love to talk about change, to make plans, to daydream about how things could be different and better. I love to talk about changing things so much sometimes I will talk about it for years! That’s how dedicated I am.

But as I have learned, talking about change and enacting it are completely different. Most of us are good at talking about it, but today I hope to share some tips that might help you to actually make some changes financially in your life.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

7 Practices to Grow Closer to God: Practice 7 Stepping

For our last practice, I want to propose something that most people think you do only when you have everything else all figured out, and that practice is stepping out in faith. But before we get into what that might look like let me tell you what it's not. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

7 Practices to Grow Closer to God: Part 6 Worship

A few years ago I wrote a post called Worship Reminds Us. I wrote it on a tough day in the middle of a tough week after a long drive in my truck coming home from yet another hospital where yet another family had received crushing news. The reality of life was crushing me when all of the sudden the words of the song I had been tuning out hit home. I immediately became reacquainted with the power of the practice of worship in our lives and have since made a conscious effort to be a better worshiper in the day to day minutiae of life.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

7 Practices to Grow Closer to God: Part 5 Obedience

If you grew up listening to DC Talk like I did, then this quote is going to bring back some powerful memories:

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today... is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is simply what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable.”
-Brennan Manning

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

7 Practices to Grow Closer to God: Part 4 Sharing

Where does your life point?
This may be the most uncomfortable of all of these practices to actually implement in your life, but it can also be the most powerful.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

7 Practices to Grow Closer to God: Part 3 Connection

For this series I intentionally chose the word practice over the more traditional word, discipline, to describe these means to get closer to God. One reason is because I hope people put them into practice in their lives, and another reason is because the word discipline conjures up many different negative connotations. Even if you can get past some painful (to your backside) memories, most discipline isn’t very fun, but this one is the exception. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

7 Practices to Grow Closer to God: Part 2 Service

Our second day of practices that will help you grow closer to God is perhaps one of the most overlooked spiritual disciplines in the church. So much of the time when we think about growing closer to God we think only of prayer, or time spent reading the Bible. While both of these are necessary components of a closer walk with God, they must prove themselves not in how we internalize God’s revelation, but in the action it inspires.