This is a guest post from Bishoy Sharobim, from the Coptic Orthodox church of St. Mary and St. Mina in Sydney, Australia. In today’s post, Bishoy discusses a spiritual practice that has long been part of our Orthodox heritage, but unfortunately has become less appealing to our modern world. You can find more of Bishoy’s work on his Facebook page, The Art of Orthodoxy.Read More
What is it? Is it prayer? Is it fasting? Is it Bible reading or quiet time? What’s the ONE habit that’s most closely associated with my spiritual growth and zeal?
While I hesitate to say that any one habit is more important than another when it comes to spiritual growth (we need to find balance and not be overzealous in any one area to the disregard of another), there's definitely one habit that stands out as most closely linked to my spiritual growth.
In other words, with regards to this habit: when I’m doing it the most I’m growing the most, and when I’m growing the most I’m doing it the most.
(you may need to read that sentence again)Read More
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Harry Truman
Year after year, among the most common New Year’s resolutions is to “read more books.” It’s right up there with “eat better”, “exercise more” and “spend less.” It’s a goal that I’ve personally set many times in the past, with limited success.
NOT THIS YEAR!
This year, I turned “read more books in 2018” into “read 15 books in 2018” and you’ll be happy to know that I’m currently on track to more than DOUBLE my goal! I’ve already completed 2 books and should have a third complete by the end of January – putting me on pace to complete 36 books by the end of year.Read More
"Changed lives happen through changed minds."
We wrapped up the Finding Your Flavor series with my favorite flavor: the INTELLECTUAL.
That doesn't mean someone who is smarter than everyone else (although in my case, it's obvious to see how people could make that assumption); it means people who realize that the best way to move their hearts is by engaging their minds.
Week 3 of our Seasoning Life series and this week we're on our second habit which is: I WILL LEARN CHRIST FOR ONE PERIOD OF TIME this week.
What does it mean to "learn Christ"? It means to deepen our relationship with Him - to invest in Him as we would any relationship with any person. Learning a person (Christ) is not the same as learning information. Information is stagnant but a person is dynamic. Information can be mastered, but a person is always growing and therefore the relationship can always go deeper.
We need to spend more time learning Christ and our goal this week is to do just that. Check out the video message above and join us on our Lenten challenge of five habits that make for a questionable life.