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Remember, Every Spiritual Discipline Is About Jesus

Remember, It's About Jesus

Why pray when it appears that your prayers go unanswered? Why keep on reading the Bible when it seems like you’re getting little from it? Why continue worshiping God privately when you feel no spiritual refreshment? Why persist in keeping a journal when writing your entries bores you? Why engage in fasting, silence and solitude,

Do All to the Glory of God

Do all to the glory of God

The unifying principle for all of life, including our spirituality, is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31—“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This is the sun around which every spiritual practice, every decision, every prayer, and everything else—including our efforts at simplifying—should revolve. Concern for

Salvation Doesn’t Remove Any of our Humanity from Living the Christian Life.

Let Go and Let God

When we’re born again from above by the Spirit of God, the Lord makes us “a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Indeed, “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (v. 18). But in doing so He does not eliminate our minds, our bodies, our emotions, our will or anything that’s a part

Video–“How to Do Family Worship”

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In this four-minute video, Don Whitney explains how to do family worship. Don has written a small (64-page) book on Family Worship. Ordering information for individual or multiple copies if available in the website store.

Video—Unboxing of “Praying the Bible”

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Here’s a brief video from Monday (June 15, 2015), when I unboxed my new book, Praying the Bible, published by Crossway. I did so at the Southern Seminary booth during the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio. In this video I display the book and give a short summary of its contents. Until the end of

No secret key to living the Christian life

No secret key to living the Christian life

Ever read a book or heard a sermon about the key to living the Christian life? Typically, as the story goes, the author/preacher struggled for years in living for Christ. He or she was an earnest, devoted follower of Jesus, but never seemed to make much progress in Christlikeness. Then one day, someone gives them

Sing the Table Blessing

Sing the Blessing

When I was a child my Christian parents assigned to me the mealtime responsibility of thanking the Lord for our food and to ask His blessing upon it. They never required me to vary the few words I prayed, so before long the thrice-daily habit devolved into mechanical repetition. One time I went through the

“No, I Won’t Bless the Food.”

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In my travels, at the start of a meal with Christian brothers and sisters, I’m often asked, “Will you bless the food?” “No.” My hosts sit there in stunned silence for a moment. Then, with everyone staring at me with awkward, “What do we do now?” looks, I’ll add, “But I’ll be happy to ask

The fields ARE white for harvest, even when you see few conversions

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When you see few, if any, conversions in your place of ministry, it can be hard to believe that what Jesus said in John 4:35 is true. In that verse He said to His disciples, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your

Three cultural trends which sometimes indicate “the fields are white for harvest”

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John 4:35 Jesus said to His disciples, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” But Jesus’s disciples couldn’t see it. The “fields” before them at the moment were a large group of