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Ask, and You Will Receive Something Good

Ask, Seek, Knock

One way to simplify your prayer life is simply to ask. Perhaps more often than we realize, we want God to do something for us or to give something to us, and yet we haven’t actually asked Him for it. “You do not have,” says James 4:3 “because you do not ask.” The failure to

From Apple Watch to iMplant?

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I am always on the lookout for ways to use technology to serve and cultivate biblical spirituality. For instance, I use my phone to listen to Max McLean read Scripture via The Listener’s Bible, pray through a passage of Scripture using the Olive Tree Bible Study App, work on Scripture memory with the Fighter Verses

My pastor’s reflections after a 40-day fast

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Fasting is perhaps the most feared as well as the most misunderstood of the spiritual disciplines. We fear fasting because we don’t want to feel hungry. We misunderstand it because of the famine of biblical teaching on the subject. When was the last time you heard a sermon or saw an article on fasting? Perhaps

Take Up Your Cross Daily and Follow Jesus

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During the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s, Martin Luther articulated a timeless distinction between two approaches to knowing God. He labeled one a “theology of glory” and applied it to those who believe they can attain a glorious knowledge of God by human goodness, religious effort, mystical experiences, or the wisdom of human reason. According

Part 2–Trevin Wax interviews Don Whitney about spiritual discipline, legalism, & laziness

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On the occasion of the release of the Revised & Updated edition of my Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Trevin Wax interviewed me about spiritual discipline, legalism, and laziness. Part one of this interview is here. Trevin Wax: 3. The second concern deals with specific spiritual disciplines, primarily those concerned with meditation on God’s

Trevin Wax interviews Don Whitney about spiritual discipline, legalism, & laziness

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On the occasion of the release of the Revised & Updated edition of my Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Trevin Wax interviewed me about spiritual discipline, legalism, and laziness.

Recognize the Spirituality of Work

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Bill often wonders whether he is a second-class Christian because of the less-than-Christian atmosphere where he works. His occupation is good and necessary for society, but it’s also one in which liars, cheats, and thieves seem to flourish. Vulgar and blasphemous language typically fills the air of Bill’s workplace. For other believers, the problem at

A Brief Interview with Don Whitney about Spiritual Discipline

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A brief interview with Don Whitney about spiritual discipline 1. What is a spiritual discipline, and can you list some of the foundational spiritual disciplines?  First Timothy 4:7 says, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness” (NASB). The kind of discipline that promotes Godliness isn’t physical (see v. 8), but spiritual. Thus the practical, biblical

Why do you journal?

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“Why do you journal?” John Piper replies, “I count journaling one of the most important habits of my life.” Note how he says it relates to “the essence of leadership.” Why do you journal? Photo by JoelMontes

No Coasting into Christlikeness

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When it comes to discipline in the Christian life, many believers question its importance. Devotion to prayer declines into drudgery. The real-life usefulness of meditation on Scripture seems uncertain. The purpose of a discipline like fasting is a mystery. Why not leave spiritual discipline to those who seem to more disciplined by nature and let

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