Yesterday at CCC, Pastor Turk gathered the book of Proverbs’ teaching on discipline. You can listen to it here. One of the examples he used from the modern world was about regularly going to church. Six years ago, Kyle Pott decided to challenge himself to go to church for 52 weeks in a row. Check out his practical words of advice and encouragement and what he learned from the discipline.
By attending church every week for 52 weeks, I was able to meet many people, strengthen my faith, improve my personality, become more involved in my community, and most importantly strengthen my relationship with God.
Funny… practicing a discipline has the power to bring about change. Are you open to that change?
This post is a follow-up to CCC’s Sunday sermon “Desire Discipline” on 7/29/12. It deals with discipline, habits, and lifestyle choices in our walk with God.
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As parents, the Bible makes it clear that you are called to spiritually nurture your child(ren)’s faith. That includes building in some family disciplines and practices that shape their character and walk with God.
But does the idea of being responsible for something so special scare you a little (or a lot)? Read Gregg Farah’s encouragement, remember that the Holy Spirit is doing most of the work, and you have the privilege to learn and grow along with your kid(s).
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This post is intended for parents and families to encourage them to build disciplines and spiritual routines together.
In a post on the CRC Network, Neil de Koning shares some ideas about staying grounded in God in the midst of a crazy and distracting world. Though the post is addressed to elders in the church, everyone can use his five suggestions:
- The practice of an active engagement with Scripture (daily devotional or study) – because we live by the word of God.
- The practice of a biweekly celebration of communion in a small group because belonging to each other and being in Christ together are essential.
- The practice of active service (as volunteer and/or monetary) in two Christian organizations (church being one, possibly Christian school, ARocha, College, CLAC, etc) because the institutional life of a community is important part of Kingdom life.
- The practice of hospitality with non Christians because we are to love our neighbours.
Read the rest of the post, Habits in a Disruptive Culture, to learn why these ideas just may work.
This post is meant for adults, teens and families seeking to honour God with how they spend their time as part of a disciplined life of faith.
Does it seem weird that God would ask us to do nothing as part of disciplined life?
You need some unscheduled time… every week to let come up—out of the heart and mind—whatever will.
Read Tim Keller’s practical thoughts on Sabbath and rest. Have you thought about resting in these ways before? How might your patterns and activities need to change?
This post is intended for adults, young adults, teens and families seeking to practice discipline and a healthy lifestyle that includes the Sabbath and rest.
On Sunday at Christ Community Church we talked about being good neighbours, as Proverbs teaches. Being a good neighbour is more than becoming best friends. Read this blog by Caryn Rivadeneira called “A different way of loving your neighbor” for some thoughts on what this might actually look like. This post is intended for adults and young adults as they consider their relationships with their neighbours, and how they treat one another in relationships.
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On Sunday at Christ Community Church we talked about our words and our actions as we learned from the book of Proverbs about honesty, integrity and being agents God’s grace. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
Here’s a link to the Radio Show “On Being” with Krista Tippett. In this particular episode, she interviews Reformed Theologian and Fuller Seminary President Richard Mouw about his book Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World and discusses the way Christians handle and present themselves (and their message) in the public realm. It’s a little less than an hour long, and the page includes further material on the subject.
This post is intended for adults and young adults as they think about their words, relationships, and witness to Jesus Christ.