One of the reasons we exist as a church is to help people become "fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ."  We firmly believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and the standard for living.  We also believe that God's Word speaks into every part of our lives.  As a result, we work hard to provide a wide variety of classes, seminars, small groups, and opportunities for spiritual growth.

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Growth Moments

Posted by Joel Plantinga on OP12er @ 12:20 PM

This is Pastor Joel.

I'm starting this for a few reasons.  First, I love writing and need something to keep me focused on writing as a discipline.  It's so easy to have a pile of "projects" that one never gets to, so this blog forces me to write.  My goal is to upload a new post every week.  If I'm gone, I'm hoping another staff member will fill in.

Second, I want to generate more conversation about and interest in spiritual growth.  I find that when we talk about something, we become more conscious of it during the week and tend to find ways to integrate it into our lives.  It's akin to car shopping:  have you found that when you're looking at a particular model that you see that model more during the week while you're driving?

Finally, I want to gather the collective wisdom of this blog's readers.  I don't have all the answers, and neither do you.  Even together, we don't have all the answers.  But we enrich each other's lives.  So feel free to share comments underneath.  But be warned:  inappropriate or non-germaine comments will be deleted.

I want to begin by sharing what I'm reading right now.  I'm a multi-tasking reader, and with my recent Achilles surgery, I have had more time to read.  My small group just finished "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman.  WOW!  What a challenging book.  The basic premise is that too many of us settle for being fans instead of heeding the biblical call to be followers, no matter the cost.  I'm also reading "Take the Stairs" by Rory Vaden.  This book talks about how every successful person learns to do the things he/she doesn't want to do and does them with discipline.  One quote stands out from Vaden:  "Procrastination and indulgence are nothing more than creditors who charge us interest."  Great stuff!  And in God's Word, I'm going through the Book of Acts.  I love seeing faith in action, and am so convicted sometimes about the lack of faith in my own life and how much I need prayer power and obedience to fill my life.

So what are you all reading?  Feel free to share in the comments section.  Time to send the kids off to camp!

JP

jeanette said...

Posted on OA9er @ 6:06 AM -
Im reading Rick Warren's
The purpose driven life

Sheila Simpson said...

Posted on OP7er @ 4:47 PM -
This is rare for me, but I'm currently reading 3 different books as part of various devotions or study groups. I'm a very undisciplined reader. I need the accountability of other group members. I love the interaction when I study in a group setting. I feel I get the most out of the book that way. However, God also wants me to "study" one-on-one with Him and that is such a sweet study, no words can discribe.

So anyway, I'm reading, "Becoming a Woman of Influence," Carol Kent, with the Women's Leadership Team and that is an awesome study I'm really looking forward to getting deep into; "The Case for Christ," Lee Strobel, with our Laughlins' couples' Bible study group - also a great study - I think we are on Chapter 8 or 9 but taking a summer break; and "Love Dare," Stephen & Alex Kendrick, as a "love dare" with my husband. I gave him the book for Father's Day and also bought my own. I'm really excited about this one. Who doesn't want more love and a deeper acceptance in their life and especially their marriage?!

I'm enjoying all three of these studies because I am being stretched and challenged on every front through these books. Lastly, through it all, no matter what else I'm reading, I have an NIV Women's Daily Devotional Bible and I'm currently in 1 Peter. Wow, that has been a journey. I've done every day's devotional to this point, not always consistently each day, but always being pulled back to do another day and not give up.

Blessings and love to everyone else who is on this spiritual growth journey. I'm looking forward to great things coming from this blog. Thank you Pastor Joel!

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