January 29, 2015

The Cost of Integrity

By Steve Doughty |

Walk IntegrityThe way of integrity exacts a cost from those who follow it. Few phrases express this truth more succinctly than the declaration, “Well, at least I kept my integrity.” The speaker of these words has invariably suffered a loss — perhaps a job or public dignity or even health and cherished friends. He or she may also imply, “I held on to what I needed to. I kept the greater treasure.” Even so, the sharp edges of privation have sliced deeply. … read

January 26, 2015

Hear and Heed

By Nancy Neal |
Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

From page 38, The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions

Read Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Transitions are challenging, whether it’s a new job, a new house, a new community, or a new church. We react in a variety of ways during transitions. Sometimes we are cranky, sometimes we quietly turn inward, and sometimes we just keep ourselves busy. In the uncertainty, we want certainty. While we cannot gaze into a crystal ball and know the future, this passage assures us that God will guide us and continue to speak to us. … read

January 22, 2015

Finding Your Own Rhythm for Prayer

By Max and Kristen Vincent |

6-hands-beads-low-res-22When should I pray? How often and how long? Should I pray out loud or not? What should I say?

These are some of the questions people often raise when we teach workshops on prayer. To be honest, they are questions we ourselves have struggled with at times. Behind these questions is the idea that there is one right way to pray. We worry we may not be doing it right. … read

January 21, 2015

Start a Quiet Pentecost in Your Congregation

By Dwight Judy |
Bible-PrayerThe ministry of spiritual formation is becoming the leaven in the Bread of Jesus Christ—gradually forming and shaping the culture and ethos of our congregation. We are raising up spiritual leaders and empowering them in their calling. The ministry provides the container for a committed core group to delve deeper into spiritual practice. We are enabling members to reach out into the world and become agents of God’s redemptive, saving grace.
(p. 105, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life)

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