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How should a Christian understand mental health?

We’ve all been affected by mental health issues or know someone who has been affected by it in some way. This means that facts are often confused with error. So, how should Christians understand mental health? Can we do something about it, or are we stuck with it?

Free Quiet Times Guide

If you want to enjoy and benefit from your quiet times, let me send you this free guide. In it you’ll find 8 key tips with links to articles for more information.

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How to create and maintain a reliable prayer list

Many people start a new year resolving to pray more. A commitment to prayer is an excellent resolution, but it is hard to keep without a structured approach. So, where do you start? If we want to be people who are faithful and reliable in prayer, we need a list that will help us stay focused and stay fresh. Here’s how to create and maintain a prayer list.

How to overcome your most important spiritual weakness

No doubt you’ve heard the quote by D. L. Moody, “Sin will keep you from the Bible or the Bible will keep you from sin.” This suggests our most important weakness is the one that keeps us out of the word of God. What is that one spiritual weakness for you and how can you overcome it?

Dump your phone: 10 reasons your paper Bible is better

The paper Bible has fallen on hard times over the last decade as smartphones have made a surge in appeal and Bible apps have become ubiquitous and (finally) usable. But there are still very good reasons why Christians should seriously consider giving the paper Bible the priority it once had. Let me explain.

13 excellent reasons you should write in your Bible

Do you write in your Bible? I do. In fact, the photo below is one of my  Bibles. Almost every page in this Bible has some marking in it. I love it. But it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when I dared not write in my Bible. Now, I write in almost all of my Bibles. Here are some of the reasons why you should write in your Bible.

Fake Prayer: Here are the signs to look for

When I discovered that I lacked integrity in prayer, it was shocking. In fact, I’m still coming to terms with it. It seems that the more I discover about myself, the more I see a lack of integrity in my prayer. But while this has been an eye-opening discovery, there is one other discovery that was even more frightening: Others can tell that I lack integrity in prayer. Here are the signs to look for to identify fake prayer.

Ask a Pastor: Why have a quiet time?

Why have a quiet time? Why is a quiet time important and what do I miss out on if I don’t have one? These are two questions I’ve asked of several people recently. This week I want to highlight the answer given to me by Dr. Jack Hughes, who pastors Crossing Church Louisville. How does a pastor answer these questions?

Here is the ultimate guide to the better Bible reading plans

Want in your love for the Lord and His word, but don’t want to take on too much? Maybe your existing Bible reading plan is getting old, or you’re looking for another. When it comes to Bible reading plans, there are an almost limitless series of options available. Here is the ultimate guide to the better Bible reading plans out there.

Fall in love with Journalling with these quick tips.

Maybe you’ve heard of the benefits of journalling but it seems a bit daunting.  The following are a few tips I’ve learned from several years of journalling, and while they are aimed at Christians journalling for the benefit of their spiritual walk, many of the points will apply to journalling in general.

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Are Daily Devotional Books good for my quiet time?

Daily devotional books are found in almost every Christian home. It might be a monthly “Word for the Day” or an annual collection such as Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. For many Christians, these daily devotional books are their primary exposure to Christian writing. But are they a good tool for a daily quiet time? I don’t think so. Here are five reasons why these daily devotional books are inadequate for a quiet time. read more…

Dump your phone: 10 reasons your paper Bible is better

The paper Bible has fallen on hard times over the last decade as smartphones have made a surge in appeal and Bible apps have become ubiquitous and (finally) usable. But there are still very good reasons why Christians should seriously consider giving the paper Bible the priority it once had. Let me explain. read more…

Here are the 9 reasons a relationship with God is not the goal of a quiet time

How do you feel about your relationship with God? Is that a good question? Should we trust the answer? What should we focus on in our relationship with God? What does it even mean to have a relationship with God? If we can’t answer these questions, it is likely that we are struggling in our Christian life because we’ve adopted an ambiguous understanding of what it means to have a relationship with God.

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How to resolve guilt for missing your quiet time.

Many people feel guilty for missing their quiet time. In fact, it is one reason many people avoid it. Why would we engage in something that we constantly fail at? Here’s my take: if you feel guilt for missing your quiet time, you may be missing the point. read more…

How should we understand Christian mystical experiences?

Christian mystical experiences are often very attractive, particularly to modern Christians. Many Christians today are starved of genuine spirituality, and disillusioned with the highly rational and often experientially empty culture around us. This drove me to ask the question, how should we understand Christian mystical experiences? To answer this, I took a look at three individuals who are influential in the Christian mystical tradition to understand how their worldview relates to a conservative evangelical theology.  read more…

Here are the 3 reasons you can’t repent

Sometimes repentance doesn’t come easy. At times it feels like sin has a hold on us and we can’t repent. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ll have experienced this. There are three reasons that we can’t repent, here they are along with what we can do about it.

5 (good) reasons to know how much of a sinner you are

Sometimes we have days when we can’t help but see how much of a sinner we are. These are often discouraging days! But especially when our sin is exposed, we can know God is doing us good. Here are just 5 reasons why finding out how much of a sinner you are can be a blessing.

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Can I have a short and effective quiet time?

Some days I wake up feeling overwhelmed. There is so much to do, and I have a list of things that I need to get done today, all of which will take time and focus. How will I fit in my quiet time? Good news! Because the focus of our quiet time is the heart, it is possible to spend a short amount of time and have an effective, quiet time. But there are a few things worth considering.

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How to focus on your relationships in your quiet time

Spiritual transformation has some significant advantages, particularly in our relationships. These benefits come over time, but we can speed up the process using the right focus in our quiet time. This article provides a method to focus on relationships in our quiet time so we can fast track change. read more…

What relationships should be transformed by my quiet time?

We are inclined to think that we depend on others to change in order for our relationships to change. But the biggest relationship transformation comes when spiritual transformation comes to us. While we all have different relationships, we can focus on relationship transformation in our quiet time by focusing on in three key areas. read more…

The 3 areas of understanding you need to grow in

Spiritual transformation is about taking in truth as God reveals it in His word and letting it affect our beliefs, interpretations, desires, feelings, commitments and actions. How do we do this? It starts with reading the Word of God and letting it affect us. Here are three areas of knowledge that help us grow in godliness. read more…

What is the one result I need from my daily devotional?

The character of God matters to our quiet times. There are several big lessons we should learn as we read the Bible. We should learn that God is great. The more we understand this, the more we will recognize that we exist for Him and He is to be worshiped on His terms. Therefore, there is one key result we need from our daily devotional. read more…

Use your quiet time to grow!

Did you know that almost all Christians struggle in some way with quiet times? Most of us have never had any teaching on the subject.

 

I’m impressed with Darryl Burling’s method of tying vocabulary acquisition to a graded reading of actual New Testament texts. I recommend this resource to my students.

Dr. Rob Plummer, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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