Issue Number Ten

Don's Schedule

Please pray for these Summer ministry opportunities.

Jefferson Park Baptist Church
Charlottesville, VA

Sycamore Hills Baptist Church
Independence, MO

"Glory of Christ Conference,"
The Master's Community Church
Kansas City, KS

Countryside Bible Church
Southlake, Texas

Woods Chapel Baptist Church
Blue Springs, MO

Carolina Baptist Association Discipleship Conference
Hendersonville, NC

Bat Cave Baptist Church
Bat Cave, NC

"Rejoice in the Word Conference"
First Baptist Church
Spartanburg, SC

Providence Baptist Church
Greer, SC

Metro Area Leadership Conference
First Baptist Church,
Raytown, MO

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Why I Am A Baptist
from Why I Am A Baptist

Do You Thirst for God?
from Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Silence and Solitude
from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Why Join a Church?
from Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church

A Spiritual MindSet
from How Can I Be Sure I'm A Christian?

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Simplify Your Spiritual Life
The two articles below are from Don's book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life, which NavPress plans to release July 3rd.

Discipline Yourself

Tomorrow morning, I don't have to decide if I'm going to read God's Word and spend time in prayer to Him. Meeting with the Lord is a discipline long-rooted in my morning routines, and my commitment to it simplifies my spirituality. It's one less decision I have to make, one more spiritual priority well woven into the fabric of my daily life.

The apostle Paul instructs us, "Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness" (1 Timothy 4:7, NASB). The practical ways of fleshing out obedience to this command are called the Christian spiritual disciplines, the God-given means by which we are to bring ourselves before the Lord. And as we enjoy a growing relationship with Him through them, He changes us "for the purpose of godliness," that is, He makes us more like Jesus. And so, as we practice these disciplines, our lives conform more to biblical—and simpler—rhythms and patterns.

In one way, when you enjoy a simpler spiritual life than you have now, it will still be—and should be—busy.

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Discipline Yourself . . . Without Legalism

My wife Caffy and I have a longtime friend who asked me about the book I was writing. When I told her the title was Simplify Your Spiritual Life, she responded abruptly with, "No rules."

"What do you mean?"

"There should be no rules for the spiritual life. I try to read in four different places in my Bible every day, but some days I read in only two or three. I don't want a rule that says I have to read four."

But the Bible itself gives us some rules about our spirituality.

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How can we keep up the pace? For one thing, God's voice regarding priorities can best be heard while practicing the Spiritual Disciplines. The older you grow, the more you tend to accumulate responsibilities like barnacles. The addition and growth of children requires an increase in attention to their lives in school, sports, and transportation. Job advancement brings with it more commitments as well as opportunities. The accumulation of goods and property over the years tends to escalate the time you must devote to their maintenance. All this means that periodically your life will call for an evaluation of priorities. Perhaps through the Discipline of Bible intake, or prayer, or worship, or silence and solitude, or journaling, God might speak to you about which activities are "barnacles" that must be cut away. Instead of seeing the Spiritual Disciplines as additional weight, they are actually one of the ways God uses to help lighten your load and give you smoother sailing.

[Taken from pages 236-237 of the paperback edition of Don's book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Read a chapter from this book.]

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Family News and Notes

  • Wild weather in KC. The big news in these parts in recent weeks has been the record number of tornadoes. As you've heard, early in May there were nearly 400 tornados in one week in the Midwest and south, more than twice the previous record. I was on a flight from Chicago attempting to land on Sunday the 4th, but due to bad weather we began circle the Kansas City area. Not the best flight I've been on recently. We weren't told how serious things were on the ground, but when the pilot got word that the tower had been evacuated, he said we needed to go to Wichita while we still had enough fuel. Following a two-and-a-half hour delay, we finally landed in KC only to hear reports that multiple tornados had struck the metropolitan area. Seven F4 twisters (only 2% of all tornados reach that strength) came down in our vicinity, including one about five minutes' drive from our house, and another less than half-a-mile from the seminary. Mercifully, the only damage we sustained was by hail to the roof, and we're still waiting on an assessment for that.

    The day before, while in Kenosha, WI for a conference, I'd unexpectedly had the opportunity to go down near O'Hare Airport and spend two very fast hours at the Chicago Pen Show. This next part is only for the readers who share my interest in fountain pens. Okay, for the six of you still reading, I had a great time. The Chicago Pen Show is the world's oldest and largest. Tens of thousands of pens, vintage and new, as well all other pen-related things filled dozens of booths, not to mention the seminars, auctions, and other show activities. I could have easily spent an entire day enjoying this four-day show, but I'm grateful to Matthew Henry (the Kenosha pastor, not the Bible commentator from the 1600s) who was willing to make the hour-long drive to Chicago for only two hours at the event. Matthew, I still say that of the hundreds who attended, you probably got the best deal of the entire show. Hope you're enjoying the Bexley. Pretty good for a rookie!

    Speaking of rookies, that reminds me of baseball. After many miserable seasons, Kansas City has had a baseball awakening this year with the surprising start of the Royals.

    I commend John Piper's book, Brothers, We Are NOT Professionals to all ministers. Many of you would also want to know that his well-known books Desiring God and Let the Nations Be Glad have also been released in revised editions.

    Plans are for the Newsletter to continue to include two chapters from Simplify Your Spiritual Life in each edition (as is the case in this issue). The book is scheduled for release on July 3.

  • Caffy expects this week to complete her work painting several murals in a nearby home. Late in April she spoke at a women's retreat for a church in Lawrence and sensed the Lord's blessing in that. We honored her on Mother's Day on the first day of a week and on her birthday on the last day of the same week. She's spending as much time in the yard as possible, gardening and planting flowers. And yes, as I'm sure you've all been wondering throughout the winter, the new flower boxes actually work and are filled with brightly colored something-or-others even as I type.

Here is dramatic proof that the new window boxes actually work. The long winter of anticipation is over!

  • Hooray for Laurelen! She's the fourth grade Missouri regional homeschool spelling bee champion. Last week we started practice for her girls' ten-and-under softball team. This is the first year for the girls to play in a league where the girls pitch instead of the coaches. I've been helping out with the practices, and if the girls on the other teams are anything like ours, I've got a feeling we're in for some looooong games.

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