Fasting

While fasting Jesus said, “My food, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34). Fasting as a discipline for the spiritual life is a primary discipline of abstinence or self-denial. Properly understood, Fasting is Feasting. Jesus shows us this and it’s why he taught us, “When you fast do not be…

Prodigal God

Here’s a renewing Scripture meditation on the most compelling story about God in the Bible — the greatest short story ever told anywhere — Jesus’ “Parable of the Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:11-32). The parable is misnamed – the real Prodigal in the story is God! Prodigal means “wasteful, lavish spendthrift.” Sure enough the son squanders his inheritance…

Spiritual Disciplines List

Insights and Applications From The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard This Spiritual Disciplines List features some main disciplines for life in Christ with concise definitions for each. We call these “spiritual disciplines,” but the activities are physical, not spiritual. They are bodily activities that can engage and effect our whole person (Romans 12:1-2). So a more accurate…

The Lord is My Shepherd All Through the Bible

I lead a retreat called “A Walk with Good Shepherd.” I developed this in 2004 and have used it many times since then, most recently with a group at the Prince of Peace Abbey. You can use this handout to guide you in a time of Scripture meditation and prayer for a personal retreat or…