Spiritual Formation

Spiritual NutritionWhen I reflect on the building blocks of nutrition for physical health, I am reminded of the importance of the building blocks for spiritual health.

EternalI was in the health & beauty section of a store recently, staring at all the shelves filled with anti-aging creams and high-energy products. We are obsessed with slowing down the aging effects of time on our bodies or speeding up our productivity. Everything we do is connected to time: past, present, or future.

2014 ResolutionsJanuary brings a fresh resolve to finally do those things we’ve been putting off, leading us to make all kinds of New Year’s resolutions.

newbornAfter my first year of college I worked as a nursing assistant on a postpartum unit. I had a two-week orientation and then off I went to help the new mothers. I’m not sure how much help I was at first because I had much to learn.

Renee's Path

I love my job as the director of NCF Student Ministries, but last spring I was approaching burn-out. It had been a great year of ministry with nursing students, but I knew I needed a break. My sabbatical in May arrived just in time!

sleepyIt’s just the beginning of the school year, but the Lord has been talking to me about rest. I’m discovering how to be refreshed by him.

FireHow do we begin to understand God’s holiness? According to A.W. Tozer, we are the total opposite of holy; we are vile.

the seed within usLast month I wrote that God is near to everyone, everything and everywhere; he is omnipresent. But there is an added dimension to the “everywhereness” of God.  He not only contains everything, he also penetrates everything to its deepest core.

Grace flows from God's goodnessGrace, like mercy, flows from God’s goodness. But they are not the same.

According to A. W. Tozer, “mercy is God’s goodness confronting human guilt, whereas grace is God’s goodness confronting human demerit (unworthiness, very poor quality).”

The Lord is mercifulDid you know that the word mercy appears in the Old Testament four times more often than it does in the New Testament? What a surprise for those who believe that the Old Testament is full of wrath and judgment!

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