Blessed to Be a Blessing (Part 2)

Karen Bables

READ : 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4 Your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. (v. 3) In Invitation to a Journey, M. Robert Mulholland Jr. points out the temptation to believe that our spiritual growth takes place merely in our personal relationship to God. Once it is sufficiently developed we can …

Blessed to Be a Blessing (Part 1)

Karen Bables

READ : Genesis 12:1-9 I will bless you . . . so that you will be a blessing. (v. 2) So far we have learned that Christian spiritual formation is “the process of being conformed into the image of Christ, through a relationship of intimacy with God, by the power of the Spirit, in order to live a good and …

Spiritual Exercises

Karen Bables

READ : Psalm 23 You revive my drooping head. (v. 5 The Message) A calendar above my writing table shows a mother duck venturing out from the weed cover into a serene lake, followed by five fuzzy ducklings. The caption reads “Come, follow me” (Matt. 19:21). This photo perfectly illustrates the concept of living as apprentices of Jesus. Young ducks …

Training for the Good and Beautiful Life

Karen Bables

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. (v. 3 The Message) This beautifully written passage is revered by many Christians. However, it may be so familiar we do not notice that Paul pulls no punches here. He says that it doesn’t matter how much we believe, …

Seeking God

Karen Bables

READ : Psalm 46 Be still, and know that I am God. (v. 10) Here is a recap of our definition of spiritual formation so far: “Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed into the image of Christ, through an intimate relationship with God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to live a good and …