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a fully human life 

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Discipleship and discipling mean living a fully human life in this world in union with Jesus Christ and growing in conformity to his image.

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discipleship programs?

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Sometimes our discipleship programs thwart true discipleship. What I mean by this is that we can become so involved with our programs that we isolate ourselves from real life.
Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship by Michael J. Wilkins Read 

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when buffeted by circumstance … thoughts from a year ago

One year ago I was in Europe on mission. In fact I had just returned to Budapest from Ukraine. That trip to Ukraine was marked by the unrest, war and plight of refugees. In Budapest I was surprised by a birthday cake the night I arrived as I met with friends in their home fellowship. It was great fun. That day Russian seperatists shot down MH17. The following day I was flying home and had a bunch of emails asking if I was ok. I responded yes and read the news of the atrocity. As I write today I think of the recent Russian veto in the UN Security Council. The vote was on calling the Srebrenica massacre a ‘genocide.’
War is a part of this fallen world. It is to be anticipated because of the ambition of fallen men who seek their own empire (we are all guilty of this in our own ways, big and small).

For those of us who are students of Jesus, we can take heart…

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2co.4.16-18.esv

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balancing the mind and heart for renewal

In his book on prayer, Tim Keller argues well for what I would call a biblically informed theology while seeking (again my words) a deep experience with God. 

I’ve said it before, this book is the most important book on prayer, and therefore growing spiritually, in a long time, maybe ever. It is worth your time.

Recently, a couple of us have gotten to chapter 11 in which he states:

“Owen promotes what could be called a radically biblical mysticism. It comes through meditation on Scripture, on theological truth, on the gospel—but it must break through to real experience of God.”

This is a great description, I think, of what Paul urged when he told to “renew our minds” in Romans 12.

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Christian, are you living as a ruin? As spiritually poor?

Imagine you get a notice that someone left you some money, but for various reasons, you assume it is a very modest amount. You get busy and don’t get around even to checking on it for quite a while. Finally, you do so and are thunderstruck to discover it was a fortune, and you had not been doing anything with it. You were actually rich but had been living poor.

Keller, Prayer, p. 168, a challenge from this text:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭14, 16-19‬ ESV)

Don’t let your life be a ruin.

  

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morning reminder

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22-23‬ ESV)

  

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trust

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (‭Psalm‬ ‭33‬:‭20-22‬ ESV) 

 

Our trust must be in the Lord. We may celebrate a nation as it does good. But remember, a nation is a collection of people, people are fallen, they fail. Trust in God who never fails.

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