Transformation refers to the process of becoming like Christ from the inside-out (Matt. 23:25-26). The Bible recognizes the catastrophic impact of man’s separation from God due to sin. Transformation entails God returning us to Himself and full participation in His Kingdom. God continues to pursue His creational intent of restoring in Jesus Christ His glory…

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Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is the process of being transformed by the love of God into the image of Christ in intention, thinking and behavior, becoming a tangible representation of God’s love in the world. A good simple definition from Robert Mulholland is, “Spiritual formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for…

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Lent: the What and the Why

by Steve Caton The practice of Lent was ‘born’ in a fascinating time.  In the 3rd Century, Christianity was squelched and on the fringe, being held and observed by people hiding in deserts working to preserve a simple and holy life modeled after Christ and His ways. God used this group exiled on the fringe…

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Aligning to God’s Kingdom

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” – Matthew 4:17, NAS95 Some of my conversations with God have a long history. “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand,” has taken a while to digest. At first, I took…

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Unsettling Transformation

by Leslie Hall Key Verse:  “And the one seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new!’”  – Revelation 21:5, NET  If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would be willing to be a missionary in Europe, I would have stopped you before you could even get to the…

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Expecting Transformation

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse:  “And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because of his small stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore…

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Transformation of the Heart

by Karen Lee Kurth Key Verse:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14, NKJV Psalm 19:14 was the first Bible verse I memorized as an adult.  I wasn’t yet a follower of Jesus.  I was reading…

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Mirroring Truth

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  ““He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.” – John 12:45, NAS95 I meditate slowly on the Gospels. I meander through a paragraph listening to God, wondering what it was like in the day of Jesus. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve journeyed through John’s Gospel, but…

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Introduction to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Pete Scazzero introduces us to the importance of “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”, discussing problems we often face such as ‘doing for God instead of being with God’, ignoring or ‘spiritualizing away’ conflict and negative emotions and living without limits. He casts a vision for being like King David–emotionally alive before God and passionate about God, hungering…

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Introduction to Sacred Rhythms

Ruth Haley Barton introduces us to the concept of “sacred rhythms” by having us take time to notice our longings with God. Using the passage where Jesus meets Bartimaeus we are encouraged to think about how we would answer Jesus if He asked us “What do you want me to do for you?” This is…

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