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Growing in Christ: Spiritual Discipline

My wife’s cousin, *Bruce Jeffcoach, is a high school chemistry teacher in San Joachim valley in California. On the walls of his classroom along with the Periodic Table, a chart of measures, and appropriate posters, is a sign over the middle of the board in the front of the room. You can’t miss it. John Wooden, the UCLA coach said, “discipline yourself, so others don’t have to.” Bruce writes, “I simply get my students attention with a quite pssst sound and point to the quote above my whiteboard. I hope that helps to put all in order.”

To grow in Christ requires Spiritual Discipline.

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Growing in Christ: Spiritual Insight

  As a teacher and professor, I constantly watch the eyes of students, listen for the timbre of their voices, and consider the freshness in their words.  I am on the lookout of students who are discovering insight.  Insight is marker on the journey of learning. On our journey with

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Growing In Christ: Spiritual Empowerment

As a professor, it is tempting to forget the purpose of school. Well, the purpose of school is NOT school. It is life! It is tempting to think the purpose is turning in papers, reading texts, passing exams, and making the grade. Reality Check: None of that matters unless and only if those activities help you live true to your best each day.

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Growing In Christ: Spiritual Care

  For life to survive and thrive, certain elements are required such as light, air, water, and nutrition.  For spiritual life in Christ to survive and thrive there are also required conditions:  1-care, 2-insight, 3-discipline, and 4-empowerment.  In this blog, I want to introduce you to Spiritual Care. Did you

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Catch a Glimpse!

  NFCN 10 Tough Questions – “What Does The Bible Say About God and How He Relates To Us?” 06/02/13   Nashville First Church of the Nazarene now has live stream to our Sunday morning services.  Click below for an example! Catch a Glimpse!http://vimeo.com/68319774

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What’s In A Name?

 What’s In A Name? Years ago, I visited the Holy Land with a tour group. On one stop on the tour, north of Galilee, we visited the place where Jesus took his disciples on retreat. The event is found in Matthew 16:13-15: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea

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Even Greater Things

Jesus takes our breath away with these words, “He (you) will do even greater things than these, because I am going to my Father” (John 14:12). How could this be? Jesus fed 5000 people.  Yet, last evening in the gymnasium at the church where I attend, a few folks from

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

  Mother is the first mirror in the life of a child.  When an infant looks into the face of mother, the baby learns “this is who I am.”  Indeed, it takes many months before the baby knows there is a distinction between self and mother. The mirror widens as

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He’s Praying For You!

How do we hear God’s love for us? Let me give us a place to start – Jesus. I am utterly confident that Jesus knew the Father’s voice in prayer. In the chamber of His inner life, He listened to the words of our Father in Heaven. And, the Word of God assured Jesus that He was loved. Jesus knew the Father accepted Him as the beloved. Jesus knew the inner safety of God’s love, even in the face of the cross. The Father would deliver Him. Jesus knew that He was free to be exactly who God sent Him to be.

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Loved That Much?

  “Oh,” you say, “I cannot expect the God the Father to love me in the way He loves the Son, Jesus Christ?” But that is exactly what Jesus expects.  Jesus prayed just before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion: “I have made you known to them, and will continue to

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