Soul Training Exercises

At the beginning of the month of September, 19 people from our church began a journey to become Apprentices of Jesus. Each week we have read from a book, reflected on Scripture, memorized verses from Colossians 3.1-17, and practiced soul training exercises to help us practice, experience and think about what we’re learning as we become more Christlike.

These soul training exercises aren’t as big of a deal as you might think. To experience the true nature of God, we’ve slept more, spent five minutes a day in purposeful silence, noticed creation more often, and made it a point to count our blessings.

We thought you might like to try some of them out too.

Challenging our Ideas about Doubt

After twenty years of deep doubt, my conversion was more like what Methodism founder John Wesley described as a “heart strangely warmed.” It came in the form of a two-word question. Over a period of weeks and months, I simply began to ask, again and again, “Why not?”

What happens when you ask questions of your doubt? Michelle started to do so and found herself exploring a faith she held at arm’s length for much too long.

When might doubt be a good thing? What happens when we let Jesus show us what is certain? Rich explains in “When Certainty Kills.”

What does faith have over doubt? The courage to choose to act, no matter what we’re feeling.

Making the most of our time with Family

Are you a parent seeking a more fulfilling balance of work and family life? Here are 7 suggestions (and a recommended book) to get you started.

When you look back at your kids’ childhood, what will you not regret having done? Tim shares his list of “18 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids.”

Don’t think your family’s busy schedule is leaving opportunity for faith practices? Traci has 6 places/times that might be hiding in plain sight.