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Discipleship Is for Messy People Too

I had lunch with a friend recently. He knows that I’m doing some writing on discipleship. He asked me about my project, as well as the books that I’m reading, and what I think about how people grow in their walk with God. He put down his fork and looked me in the eye....

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Don’t Use These to Grow

How do we grow? This is one of the most important questions we can answer. When we're young, physical growth is automatic. As we grow older, though, we can begin to coast and stall. Growth in our relationship with God, in our minds, bodies, and relationships, is...

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The Gospel Is Not Self-Help

The self-help market is huge. We spend over $10 billion dollars a year on books, audio recordings, seminars, workshops, retreats, coaching, and other self-improvement products. We hope that they will help us lose weight, gain confidence, improve our business skills,...

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Pastors: Don’t Forget Discipleship

I've been a pastor for over a quarter of a century now. I can't remember when it started, but I've seen myself referred to as a "veteran" pastor (translation: old). I've made many of the mistakes. I have the scars. I've learned some of the lessons. By God's grace, I...

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Sleep Matters

G4L Discipleship is a seven-week program. You wouldn’t think that we would spend one of those seven weeks on rest. And yet that’s exactly what we do, and for good reason. We’re convinced that rest is a biblical and a theological issue. We’re also convinced that one of...

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How People Change

It’s remarkably hard to change. A recent article in The New Yorker shows that facts don’t change our minds. Studies show that many patients don’t change their lifestyle after suffering a heart attack or stroke. So how can we change? Paul Tripp, co-author of the book...

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Resources on Habits

We are, in many ways, the product of our habits. It's crucial, then, that we build habits that help us become the people we would like to be. This applies in every area of our lives, including our spiritual lives. Godly people develop habits that put them in the path...

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Why Coaching Matters

"Every church leader needs a coach," writes Scott Thomas in Gospel Coach. I'd go further: everybody needs a coach. If you are interested in growing in your faith, and integrating the gospel into every area of your life, you won't be able to do it alone. Enlisting...

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A Great Habit for 2017: Read or Listen to the Bible

Adapted from our Gospel for Life Discipleship program Reading or listening to absorb the Bible is crucial for spiritual growth. Donald Whitney, a leading teacher on spiritual disciples, writes, “No spiritual discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word....

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The Story of Gospel for Life

When my wife starting working as an accountant for Precision Nutrition, an online nutrition coaching company, I didn't know what to think. I'm wary of gimmicks, and until the company earned my trust I was determined to remain skeptical. Charlene told me one day that...

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The Power of a Good Question

When Jesus met a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, everyone wanted the beggar to shut up. Bartimaeus kept calling out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The more people tried to silence him, the more he spoke out. Jesus noticed. Jesus stopped. Jesus called for him...

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How Will You Build Habits?

Habits are tricky. Some people seem to have no problem building new habits. Other people really struggle. They know what they want to do, but they have a hard time following through. The reason? In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin says that forming habits is the...

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