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Prayer as an Entrance into Freedom

Making Friends with the Spaciousness: Lessons from Gerald G. May’s Addiction and Grace Part 3 of 3 You cannot become addicted to God. We learned this in the first post in this series. We are going to consider this again. You will want to see this clearly, because this God-you-cannot-be-addicted-to is the perfect one to … Continue reading Prayer as an Entrance into Freedom

Seven Mind Tricks that Hinder People from Breaking Addictions

Making Friends with the Spaciousness: Lessons from Gerald G. May’s Addiction and Grace Part 2 of 3 A house divided against itself cannot stand. Someone who struggles to overcome an addiction will learn this lesson well. In Addiction and Grace, Gerald G. May described his struggle by comparing it to quicksand: Even when I consciously … Continue reading Seven Mind Tricks that Hinder People from Breaking Addictions

A Christian Psychologist Looks at Addiction

Making Friends with the Spaciousness: Lessons from Gerald G. May’s Addiction and Grace Part 1 of 3 Gerald G. May didn't offer any guaranteed solutions or easy answers to the problem of addiction. He didn't make any grand promises. What he did was struggle to confront and understand his own addictions in the light of … Continue reading A Christian Psychologist Looks at Addiction

Oswald Chambers on the Dangers of a Critical Spirit

In his Studies on the Sermon on the Mount, Oswald Chambers talked about the importance of having an “uncritical temper.” It will help us to enjoy life more. A critical spirit, on the other hand, will lead us into error. It will cause us to assume an authority that we don't really have. It's like … Continue reading Oswald Chambers on the Dangers of a Critical Spirit

A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

The Bible can be described as God's work in history, recorded by men, for your sake. That description can then be divided into three ways of approaching the Bible, which should be held together: God's work in history Recorded by men For your sake I came up with this description by comparing three Gospels as … Continue reading A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

Expect Beautiful Answers to Prayer

When seeking direction from God, when trying to discern his voice, look for beauty. Don't go by your own personal definition of beauty, however. Learn, instead, to recognize the beauty of God's ways. As you do so, there are lessons to draw from creation itself. A Scientist Looks at the Epistle to the Hebrews In … Continue reading Expect Beautiful Answers to Prayer

Learning to See All of Life as Worship

“One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular.” This is how A. W. Tozer began the last chapter of The Pursuit of God. That chapter, "The Sacrament of Living," was an attack on what he … Continue reading Learning to See All of Life as Worship

Victorious Spiritual Experience Summed Up in Three Words

“Be thou exalted.” These are the three words that A. W. Tozer used to describe what he called “the language of victorious spiritual experience.” He did this in chapter eight of The Pursuit of God, “Restoring the Creator-creature Relation.” According to Tozer, “be thou exalted” is our proper response as creatures. It's “the only thinkable … Continue reading Victorious Spiritual Experience Summed Up in Three Words

Seeking a Practical Definition of Faith

What is faith? How would you define it? If someone asked you these questions, what would you say? What if someone asked you for the Biblical definition of faith? Is there a particular verse that you would turn to? What Does the Bible Say That Faith Is? A. W. Tozer took a wise approach to … Continue reading Seeking a Practical Definition of Faith