Spiritual Growth


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Many yea rs ago, I read about the shantytowns that ring Latin American cities such as Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, S�o Paulo, etc., where life is nearly unbearable.� Life is cheap there, and children are on their own on the streets, trying to survive with no parents, at age three.� Life there is so horrible that a class of children assassins developed called pistoleros; they were guns for hire, committing murder for a price.� Life was so cheap that they would murder somebody for as little as five American dollars.� One teenage assassin righteously defended his profession, saying, "There will always be bad people who need to be killed.� I am providing a public service."� For as little as five dollars, that pistolero would be convinced that you were a bad person who needed to die.

The Tears I Cried


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Only the Lord Jesus can really touch your heart to the degree that your love for him makes you a “slave” to him, and one who can articulate his faith such that others can believe. We know it’s true in physical growth — why not spiritual? Ga 6:7-9 -- As stressed before, such growth does not come naturally; if we are not careful, we may revert back to our former conduct and character - cf. 2Pe 2:20-22 [True spiritual growth demands a renewal of mind and character (cf.

Fasting for a Miracle: How God's Power Can Overcome the


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Rather than be swayed by every errant doctrine that comes along, we can speak "the truth in love," with the result that "we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ" (verse 15). Willard has made available many of his articles and writing online in his website, Dallas Willard at http://www.dwillard.org/default.asp. [3] Catholic Trappist Basil Pennington describes the false self as a “construct…made up of what I have, what I do, what people think of me.” Pennington, M.

How to Explain Your Faith



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And glorifying God is the impetus needed for spiritual growth. They were the Scriptures, Prayer, Fellowship, Witnessing, and Service. 1.���� Perhaps these five keys are new to no one except brand new Christians. We learn what each Christian should be focusing on in their lives. They are given by God in order for us to experience emotions. Malcolm Goldsmith invites us to explore spiritual formation by examining our personalities through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality tests (Goldsmith 1997).

How To Hear The Voice Of God: Creating a Direct


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Now if anyone does not have Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him” (Romans 8:8-9 NET). It doesn’t have to be a deep theological prayer, only a dialogue that keeps you aware of the presence of God. As we consider how our churches will make disciples, we should not make assumptions about where people are in their journeys or how much of the gospel story they actually understand, even when they can use a familiar vocabulary. Basically, New Age has found a remarkable level of acceptance because the world-view on which it was based was already widely accepted.

Love a Reason to Live


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God has given us four major seasons that we go through as we go through our daily acts of living. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! We were His enemies, alienated from Him before we ever came to Christ. It is appropriating the power of God to get mastery over our emotions and our appetites that could lead us astray or cause us to occupy our time with fruitless endeavors. To enlarge simply means to make larger. Weeds can crush smaller, weaker plants easily.

Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith Through



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Finally, it is crucial for new believers to become active participants in a healthy, well-balanced church. The disciple of Christ should pay attention to such times, for the Lord is at work. Scott Peck quotes (American psychiatrist and Author, 1936-2005) Many people say, 'I don't have to go to church to be a Christian,' without considering fellowship in relation to their continued spiritual growth. What’s wrong with you?” Now imagine instead, the same person saying, “Dear, next time, would please remember to pick your socks up off the floor?

Assurance in the New Covenant


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The growing up of the little seed into a great herb, a mighty tree, is the sudden increase of the church in numbers and power. Interestingly, Dorothy Day and Clarence Jordan knew each other. Knowledge of any nature, unless put into practical use, "The aim of education should be rather to teach us how to think, "Life is an arrow – therefore you must know what mark to aim at, how to use the bow, and then draw it to the head and let it go!" "Satisfaction of the soul lies in the effort, "It is better to know some of the questions, "Most people spend more time and energy going around problems, "Don't dwell on what went wrong.

Compassionate Awareness: Living Life to the Fullest


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The main character, a sorority girl, begins this journey by questioning a very reasonable decision that the sorority makes. What is right and wrong and who determines this? Anything that will help you focus and see helpful pictures or thoughts. From Chapter Three onwards some indications are offered for an investigation of New Age in comparison with the Christian message. Living one's life with openness, presence of mind and thought and an awareness of spiritual principles forms the basis of spiritual living.

Discipleship in an Evil Day



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It's a lot easier said than done. See some things here about faith and it's rewards. I must forget all else and all others and all further service until that is clear.’" [50] MacLeod places this struggle in the context of the incarnation, "...he has become a man and must accept not only the appearance but the reality." [50] The communion of attributes ( Communicatio idiomatum ) of Christ’s divine and human natures is understood according to Chalcedonian theology to mean that they exist together with neither overriding the other.

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