Posts in Spiritual Formation

Getting To Know My Body: Five Good Reasons To “Flee From Sexual Immorality”

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ethics, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This year we are studying 1 Corinthians at Oceanside Christian Fellowship. I preached the message on 6:12-20, with the above title. I began by explaining Paul’s foundational principles in verse 12: (1) not all things are helpful, and (2) I will not be dominated by anything.  The rest of the sermon outlined the “Five Good Reasons” (subtitle, above) as follows ...

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Cynicism and Affirmation

By Greg Ganssle Feb. 1, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, New Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation

Each age has its particular hazards. Each age encourages certain vices and devalues certain virtues. Because we are immersed in our age, these hazards are often invisible to us. We simply cannot see the effects of certain cultural ideas and practices on our characters ...

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Grace, Grace, God's Grace

By Dave Talley Jan. 18, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... Grace is a concept that we have fully received, but one that we will never fully comprehend. Throughout all of eternity we will be “grow(ing) in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Our worship and praise of the One who has bestowed grace on us will only increase, ever and always … there will be no end of our awe ...

 

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Hidden Sins, Part Two

By Dave Talley Jan. 11, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation

This article builds on “Hidden Sins, Part One,” which was written previously (August 24, 2012). I forgot to post Part Two, so here it is. The next question to be asked is: What are the results of “hidden sins”, and what can we do about it?

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This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME (p. 174) labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up" ...

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The Theology of the Cross in Personal Life

By John McKinley Dec. 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This devotional is a reminder that God works through us as his instruments in ways we don’t choose. While there are many valuable things of research and teaching that God works through us in various ways, a primary mode of God’s work is easy to forget.

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The Shepherds of Christmas

By Mick Boersma Dec. 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

It was Christmas 1984. The snow was flying and the roads slippery, but Rolane and I had paid $120 for four seats to take our daughters to the ‘Nutcracker’ in Seattle and nothing was going to stop us from enjoying the show. We crammed into our old VW and made the opening curtain. What great seats they were! Front row, first balcony – the kind of view reserved for royalty! ...

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