Why You Forget What You Read in the Bible

You made up your mind.  This is going to be the year that you make Bible reading a priority, but something happened within a few short days.  The motivation is already waning.  You just aren’t as committed as you intended to be.  Why is that?  It might be because you have been going about Bible reading all wrong. It’s time …


Fasting Isn’t a Spiritual Diet

One of the most neglected spiritual disciplines is fasting.  The Scripture is full of instructions and examples of fasting and yet the practice is often absent in the Church.

Too often, people think of fasting as a spiritual diet.  Desiring to lose a few pounds, someone will skip a meal and say they are fasting.  If you aren’t spending the time seeking the Lord, that’s not fasting – that’s a diet.  Fasting is so much more than abstaining from a meal for your figure’s sake.


How Often Do You Read the Bible?

I once was asked if I believed in the Bible.  My answer was emphatically, “yes!”  After my response, the person asked, “Have you read everything in the Bible?” At that point, I couldn’t say that I had. I was basing my entire life off of something I had not completely read yet. That needed to change.  I began to read

Why We Memorize & How We Memorize

For years, I have told people the importance of memorizing Scripture, but I have never taught people how to memorize Scripture.  I want to help you know why we memorize Scripture and how we memorize Scripture. We must discipline our minds to have the Bible accessible even when the Bible is not available. Scripture memory is a powerful tool.  While

Training for Godliness

In order to grow in the gospel (2 Pet. 3:18), we must train ourselves for godliness (1 Tim. 4:7).  Paul instructed Timothy very clearly regarding the matter in 1 Tim. 4:6-16: 6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good

Discipline Yourself

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 Main Points The reason holiness is so elusive to us is because we judge it by the world’s standard instead of the Word’s standard. Most of our presumed holiness is based on a comparison to the world rather than an evaluation from the Word. In this life, holiness is a pursuit and not a destination. If

7 Reasons Your Bible Reading Is Inconsistent

As of late, I’ve had some great discussions concerning personal Bible reading.  While this spiritual disciplines post sparked some great conversation, I’ve also been trying to step up my intentionality in training my family, friends, and anyone who wants to listen concerning the need to read the Bible.  For many years, Christians have called time in the Word and prayer

My 3 Daily Spiritual Disciplines

Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.  -1 Timothy 4:7 If anything other than godliness is your purpose for spiritual disciplines, you will lose momentum.  Spiritual disciplines are not to earn God’s love, increase his favor for you, or to help him by supplying something lacking in him.  God doesn’t need you to spend time with him.  If you don’t spend

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

I have read through Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life a few times over the last few years.  I reread it this week and reminded of what a treasure it is. It is not a good book on spiritual disciplines.  It is the book on spiritual disciplines. The book is extremely biblical and practical.  It is a needed