You Can Memorize Scripture!

You can memorize Scripture! One of the deepest, richest spiritual disciplines is memorizing Scripture. Memorization aids our fight against sin, reinforces the soul-stirring beauty of the gospel in our hearts, and, as Don Whitney says, is “like reinforcing steel to a sagging faith.” It allows us to store truth in our hearts to which we…

If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one, it is harder still to administer one in loving humility – D. A. Carson

Carson’s statement begs the question, “how do you give a rebuke in loving humility?” David Mathis in his book Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines gives seven steps we can work towards giving a rebuke that is biblical/Jesus-honoring. Check your own heart first. Seek to sympathize. Pray for restoration. Be quick. In my opinion,…

5 Helpful Practices When Praying With Others

Prayer together remains a vital means of God’s ongoing grace in the Christian life and for our communities. In Habits of Grace Mathis gives 5 principles when praying with others I found helpful and wanted to pass on. Make it regular. Let pray become a regular part of the landscape of your life with family and friends. Start…

Am I living the life of a generous giver?

Why should a church have measures?  Measures speak to the marks of a mature disciple. Measures show the portrait of a faithful follower of Jesus. What are Foothills’ proposed measures? Have I spent time with God today? Psalm 119:9-11; Matthew 4:1-10; Mark 1:35-38 Disciplines of Bible-intake, prayer, Scripture memorization, fasting, meditation, confession, etc. Am I living the life of…

You Need More Sleep

Greg McKeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less discusses the often neglected discipline of sleep that I found interesting and wanted to pass on. The Performance Killer by Charles A. Czeisler (Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School) explains how sleep deprivation undermines high performance. He likens sleep deficit to drinking too much alcohol, explaining that pulling…

You Need To Get More Sleep

Greg McKeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less discusses the often neglected discipline of sleep that I found interesting and wanted to pass on. The Performance Killer by Charles A. Czeisler (Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School) explains how sleep deprivation undermines high performance. He likens sleep deficit to drinking too much alcohol,…