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Stability: The Path

(As a reminder, the spiritual disciplines are not ends, but means by which we open ourselves to God’s Spirit and his work within us. If the disciplines become the goal, then we have missed the Kingdom. Our goal is to share in God’s life. Our goal is Christ. Our goal is keeping in step with the Spirit of God. These goals, of course, are one and the same.)

The way to stability is simple. And this path is the same f...

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Jesus and the Hurting, Ugly, Smelly Guy—Luke 5:13

Do you sometimes forget the wonder of Jesus? I do. I could tell you the Bible stories about him, but in my day-to-day life I lose my awe at the person he is and at the improbable thrill of belonging to him. I stop marveling and get bored.

When that happens, one of the best solutions is to go back to one of those Bible stories I know so well. If I carefully read even a brief story about Jesus and notice the details, that is often en...

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