July 13, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Read the Bible

Every Thursday we are thinking about spiritual disciplines. Last week we considered the discipline of Bible study. We pointed out that Bible study is dependent on Bible reading. Let’s look at Bible reading as a spiritual discipline. Bible reading is … Continue reading

July 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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The Discipline of Bible Study

On Thursdays, we have been examining Christian disciplines, those practices that help us be available to God and grow in his grace. The disciplines are not the transformative power in our lives; Jesus is. But disciplines help us open up … Continue reading

June 29, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Meditation Is Like Gem Hunting

On Thursdays, we are thinking about the Christian disciplines. You can look below to read previous Thursday posts. Today we turn our attention to a much-maligned and difficult discipline, meditation. Meditation is often maligned in our circles because we connect … Continue reading

June 22, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Doing Without to Know God More

We have been using our Thursday posts to examine some spiritual disciplines. Previously we have looked at the practices of silence and solitude, both basic and necessary habits that help us develop other disciplines. Today, let’s look at an oft-misunderstood … Continue reading

June 15, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Balancing Two Disciplines

There are two Christian disciplines that seem to oppose one another. You can practice one or the other but you can’t practice both, or so it would seem. Yet, truth be told, I think you cannot practice one well without … Continue reading

June 8, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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When Your Prayers Are Boring

Do you get bored with praying? Do you feel like your prayers are repetitive? Does the repetitive feel lead you to think your praying may be useless? I recently had a friend ask me about prayers feeling repetitive. That got … Continue reading

June 1, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Silence and Solitude

As many of you know, I am slowly launching a new ministry, Deepen Retreats. Deepen Retreats exists to aid believers in deepening their relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ and living out faithful discipleship in every area of their lives. … Continue reading

May 1, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Why Spiritual Disciplines

I teach a course for B.H. Carroll Theological Institute called Christian Disciplines. In the course, we survey several spiritual practices that can help us discipline ourselves for a life walking with God. We use the title Christian disciplines to make … Continue reading

April 24, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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My Journey to Deepen Retreats

I served as a church staff minister in education, youth, and children’s work for twenty years. During that time, a gnawing question began to develop in my soul. I looked around me and wondered about Christian growth. How does a … Continue reading

April 10, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Reaching Today’s Teens for Bible Study

Some of the questions I get in reaction to the blog are about today’s teenagers. I have focused most of this blog on adults for several reasons: adulthood is the largest human development stage, almost all the church’s volunteer corps … Continue reading