Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

Preparing to Succeed in Severe Suffering

One thing is clear: unless we die young and suddenly, all of us are going to endure severe suffering. This is true because, as I’ve said many times, only one thing is going to prevent you from watching absolutely every person you … Continue reading

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Self-Worth, Ministry, and Misery—2

I ended yesterday’s post telling about my ministerial jealousy and how I became very tired. In fact, I got so tired that I would wake up, have breakfast, and take a nap. Then I’d wake up, have lunch, and take … Continue reading

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Self-Worth, Ministry, and Misery-1

Most Christians in ministry base their self-worth on their ministry success but this is disastrously destructive to discipleship. Continue reading

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Orientation: Sexual and Otherwise

Today we often hear heartrending stories from people struggling with their sexual orientation and often Christians have responded poorly. There are some attitudes, perceptions, and orientations which can’t be simply switched off, but Christians too often want to just tell … Continue reading

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How I Study the Bible… and Love It!

When I first came to Christ I absolutely loved reading the Bible. I would often read it for hours at a time. But, as is the case with most Christians, once I got to know the Bible well, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Fasting and Rewards

If Bill Gates, who is the richest man in the world, told you that if you did not eat anything for a while and kept it to yourself that he would reward you, would you take him up on it? … Continue reading

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Let’s Rethink: “You Can’t Resist Sin on Your Own”

In 1972 I was a high school sophomore struggling to keep my lusts under control. Back then a famous teacher (he’s still famous) was all the rage so I got a tape of his that had to do with controlling … Continue reading

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