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Spiritual Growth

  1. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 2)

    (Click here to read Part 1) Overreach? Keller says the Elder Brother was trying to use his obedience to the father to control him. He says: If we think about it, we realize that [the older brother] wanted the same thing as his brother…. He, too, wanted the father’s goods rather than the father himself. However, while the younger brother went far away, the Elder Brother stayed close and “never disobeyed”. That was his way to get control. His unspoken demand is, “I have never disobeyed...
  2. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 1)

    I wasn’t sure what I felt about “The "Prodigal God" until the very end of the book. Until then, I alternated between being in vehement denial of the author Tim Keller's assertions (thinking he made arguments which were a "stretch") to feeling completely enlightened & "fully sold" on the very next page. And back around again. I wrestled with Keller's ambitious take on one of the Bible's most well-known & puzzling parables "The Prodigal Son". It was a cognitive roller-coaster, one that was...
  3. Comparative liturgics

    Comparative liturgics, whose principles and method were developed so brilliantly by Baumstark, has delivered an even more serious blow to the hypothesis of the monastic origin of the daily cycle. This study has shown that the epoch of the development of the daily cycle after Constantine was marked by a rivalry and even conflict between two types of daily service: ‘corporate’ and ‘monastic’ in Baumstark’s terminology. We will have occasion to dwell on this rivalry in greater detail in the...
  4. RELEASING OF HOLY SPIRIT POWER -- THE POWER OF RESURRECTION

    The main idea for breakthrough comes from the breakthrough of water from 2 Samuel 5:20: "So David went to Baal Perazim (which means "possessor of the breaches"), and David defeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." The word breakthrough comes from the Hebrew word "perets" which means "To break out." In the areas that we are believing God for breakthrough in, we should also believe Him to break out from the very center...
  5. In fact we can go further

    In fact we can go further. First, the texts which are usually used to defend the exclusively private nature of the prayer of hours and times very plainly show that this prayer could and actually did have an ecclesiological character, was offered in the assemblies of the community. Thus, in the Apostolic Tradition, immediately following the prescriptions to pray each morning, it is said: ‘but if there is instruction by the word (catechizatio) let every one prefer to attend that, since when he...
  6. Daily Devotional - June 18, 2020

    Psalm 25:12 - "Who is the man who fears the LORD?" The abiding consciousness of the life is to be God, not thinking about Him. The whole of our life inside and out is to be haunted by the presence of God. We are to live and move and have our whole being in God, to look at everything in relation to God, because the abiding consciousness of God pushes itself to the front all the time -- nothing else can get in, no cares, no tribulation, no anxieties. Affirmation: Today, I carry my open...
  7. A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." - Luke 4:18 God is bringing us to a place where we know the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. If we have not got to that place, God wants to bring us to the fact of what Jesus said in John 14, "...I will pray the Father, and He shall give...
  8. Daily Devotional - June 17, 2020

    Revelation 3:20 - “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” When He walked the earth He stayed open as a door—a passageway between Heaven and Earth. He released the Kingdom of God from His Spirit, His inner man, to the outer world. Jesus, as a door, was fully open to our Father in Heaven and fully open to us on Earth. Through Him, Father worked freely. At the very door of your...
  9. Daily Devotional - June 16, 2018

    Psalm 42:2 - "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" How can you acquire an intimate experience of the presence of God in your communion with Him? Believe with your whole heart that He offers Himself as the listener. Give God the occasion to make Himself known to you when you approach Him in prayer. You will never discover this, however, if you do not take time to have genuine fellowship with God. The power of prayer does not lie in the number or...
  10. Daily Devotional - June 15, 2018

    2 Kings 13:17-19 - “Elisha declared. ‘You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.’ Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, 'Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, 'You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it.” Be silent no more! Strike the ground! Believe that you are powerful and step into the fulfillment of God’s...
  11. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - June 15, 2020

    Consider the difference between Christ and all other things -- as thus, all other things are vanities, but Christ is a real, solid substantial, glorious thing; all other things are temporary, fading things, but Christ is an enduring substance. All other things are thorns, vexations of spirit, but Christ is full of joy and comfort, a most ravishing object, all composed of loves, or altogether lovely. Who would make it his business to fill his coffers with pebbles, when he may have pearls, or...
  12. YIELDING TO GOD'S SPIRIT

    "....if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." - Romans 8:11 "For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba Father...And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ..." - Romans 8:15,17 The Spirit brings us to a place where we see that we are...
  13. Daily Devotional - June 14, 2018

    Isaiah 43:25,26 - “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right.” As long as you allow the devil to keep reminding you of past sins and failures, he will take advantage of you. Constantly dwelling on the past will keep your faith inoperative. And as long as you have no confidence in your own faith, your prayers will be...
  14. Seeking Communion - June 13, 2020

    John 15:9-10 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love..." Deep encounters await Believers as they press in for deeper revelation of God's love and the truth that we are loved. Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD WHO LOVED ME and gave himself for me." The seed of...
  15. "How to be a Christian" - by Biblical Training

    Biblical Training is a website with free online Bible classes that teach everything from Introduction to New Believers to seminary-level instruction. All at no cost. It's a wonderful service for Christians. It was the first Christian instruction I turned to after my conversion. The first class "Life is a Journey", taught by Bill Mounce, explains the soul of Christianity- ultimately what it's about at a high-level. It was life-changing for me. It distilled what it means to be a...
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