Posts in Spiritual Formation

To Hope From Despair

By Joy Mosbarger Apr. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

The week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday must have been an emotional rollercoaster for the disciples, Jesus’ friends and family, and Jesus himself. Together they experienced the triumphant celebration of Palm Sunday, the poignant fellowship of the Last Supper, the deep despair of the cross, and the amazing joy of the resurrection. In Ezekiel 37:1-14, Ezekiel has a vision that takes him on a similar journey from a place of deep despair to a place of incredible hope.

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That You May Stand Firm in the Fear

By Dave Keehn Mar. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Superman is dead… I don’t know when it occurred, I don’t remember the moment that I realized I was mortal. What I do know is this feeling of Fear lurks around every corner like never before.

Perhaps it began with a serious car accident I experienced in late 2012 – an accident I walked away from uninjured but my beloved Ford truck was declared DOA. Or maybe it was the diagnosis of medical condition that I did not fret, but soon began to hear random stories of people with the same condition dying of cancer at too young of an age. Perhaps it is the uncertain future of my young adult children, or… The list could continue for all us.

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Why Every Church Will Always Need a Women’s Ministry

By Nell Sunukjian Mar. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

I’ve read a few blogs recently that suggest the idea of a women's ministry in a church is somehow passé.

I beg to differ.

Instead, I want to say that every church will always need a women’s ministry. Let’s talk about why that is. In this first article, I want to address the biblical basis for a women’s ministry in every church. And then, in the second article we’ll think about women’s ministry historically and why it is still needed today in our egalitarian society.

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Loving Commitment Creates Infectious Love

By Judy TenElshof Mar. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

There was a woman I know who fell in love and married a man from another culture, another religion, different ways very foreign to her known life.  Her husband’s father had died before she met him, so she entered this single parent family wholeheartedly and her mother-in-law taught her a new way of living and loving where their house became a home and she felt she belonged.This was so true that when her husband died ten years into their marriage, she made a commitment to her mother-in-law.

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Closing the Sunday-Monday Gap: Recognizing the Importance of Our Work Life as Christians

By Klaus Issler Feb. 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Christians desire guidance for how to integrate their God life with their work life—especially those in the business sector. “Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31, NIV). Listed below are three insightful perspectives on this issue. The first two frameworks overlap in some ways, but they also bring out distinctive contributions, and offer particular guidance to help close the Sunday-Monday gap. Some may tend to compartmentalize work life as a second class necessity, and that the real action of Christian living takes place within the church facilities. We want to bring our whole life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, on Sunday and the rest of the week.

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Tunneling through the Barriers to Prayer

By John McKinley Feb. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Spiritual Formation

Everyone knows we should pray more than we do, that prayer is really important, and that any hero of the faith has had prayer as a massive ingredient of their life. Even Jesus had to pray. After reading through Donald Bloesch’s The Struggle of Prayer, I have noticed five barriers to prayer in my life, and some ways of tunneling through or around them.

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Taste and See: Theology and Food, Part Three

By Andy Draycott Feb. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Missions, Spiritual Formation

So we eat. We are dependent on many and ultimately God for the grace of our continued diets. We say grace at mealtimes in recognition of that dependence. For all that, many of us don’t consider that theology has much to do with meals and eating.

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