24 Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. 25 Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away. 26 Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. 27 Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1Cor 9:24-27, HCSB)
23 He will die because there is no discipline, and be lost because of his great stupidity. (Prov 5:23, HCSB)
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When I first got saved, the bible seemed too large, too long, too difficult to ever read from cover to cover, let alone understand.
~ Jerry Falwell
I remind you that God wrote a Book; and He only wrote one. I wonder what we’ll say to Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ if He asks us, “Did you read My Book? I mean one time in your entire life did you read My whole Book?”
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”
― Charles H. Spurgeon
“It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”― Mark Twain
The Bible is the killer app for the Christian life, nothing is more important to your spiritual growth than the time you spend with God through its pages. Nothing even comes close to it when it comes to spiritual growth. Read More →
Prayer is an elusive topic because we all pray—but the difference between good prayer and bad prayer is as great as the difference between shouting at the ref in a baseball game and having a conversation with friends. It’s the difference between throwing out concerns to God in our moments of frustration and letting Him challenge and grow our hearts. We need to dedicate and spend time specifically in prayer. Dr. Jerry Falwell made a discipline to spend HOURS at a time in prayer as a college student.
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These next few weeks are about finding meaning and fulfillment in God, rather than in our work, our possessions, or relationships. To do that, we need to take time to strip away many of those things, and make it a habit to do things that keep us focused on where our contentment really comes from. To do that, we are going to look at three key disciplines this week: Rest, Celebration, and Fasting.
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Building on the disciplines we spoke of last week, where we talked about being reminded of where our contentment really comes from, this week we try out a few practices that will strip away distractions from our lives and cause us to look more deeply at ourselves.
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