Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 15

The Beloved Disciple’s Testimony and Your Testimony

I would like to look at John, the beloved disciple, and reflect on a few seasons of his life.  I would like to connect them with your life, so that you can identify where you are in relation to his path. Should we start at the end of his life or the beginning?  Let’s mention […]

April 05

BE YE STEADFAST! – The Spiritual Combat, 15.

The Spiritual Combat, Chapter 15 Warning!: The battle is not over… even if the war is won. In chapter 15, our teacher shows us simply that if we win a battle against temptation, we ought not put away our weapons.  This battle may be done, but there is another one coming.  The words of Jesus […]

April 04

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE IN! /// THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT, 14

The Spiritual Combat, Chapter 14: What must be done when the superior-will seems to be wholly stifled and overcome by the interim-will and by other enemies (text below) (click for full book) —– YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE IN!!! You don’t have to give in.  I don’t have to give in.  Give in to what?  […]

April 03

NAILING THE OLD NATURE TO THE CROSS! /// THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT, 13

The Spiritual Combat, Chapter 13: Of the way to resist the impulses of sense, and of the acts to be performed by the will in order to acquire Habits of Virtue (text below) (click for full book) —– “True holiness and spirituality consists not in exercises which are pleasing to us and conformable to our […]

April 03

WINNING NEW CHRISTIANS

WINNING NEW CHRISTIANS: 8 Excerpts from a Great Lecture 1) Be holy! – become absolutely convinced that this is what you exist to be: holy. 2) Love your neighbor!  – rather than talk about loving one’s neighbor. 3) Truth leads to my holiness! – rather than truth leading to winning arguments. 4) Admit your fault! […]

April 02

Psalm 16 and What Jesus Knows /// A Deep Thought with a Simple Example

What was in the mind of Jesus, when He walked around Israel in our human flesh? He was God before He came. He is God after He ascends. But what about when He came and walked around on earth? Did He know everything that was going to happen for Him?  Did He know that He […]

April 02

TWO CHOICES I HAVE: SUBMIT TO GOD OR SUBMIT TO MY FLESH /// THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT, 12

The Spiritual Combat, Chapter 12: Of the diverse wills in Man, and the Warfare between them (text below) (click for full book) —– The ancient teaching on the “Two Ways” traces at least as far back as the Psalms of the Old Testament.  The 1st Psalm reads: “The LORD watches over the way of the […]