July 20, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Memorizing Scripture

Can you think of a way to always have God’s Word available to you no matter when it is or where you are? What advantages could that be to you? Help with witnessing? Fighting temptation? Focusing more on God? Comforting … Continue reading

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 26, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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No Teen Is an Island

The first few lines of John Donne’s famous poem, No Man Is an Island, reads as No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. I think the … 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 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 29, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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20 Ways to Get to Know Your Students

Teen culture is very fluid; it is changing constantly. It is greatly influenced by every form of media: movies, television, YouTube, games, social media, to name just a few. I work with college students. Sometimes I feel as if I … Continue reading

May 18, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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5 Ways to Interest Teens in the Bible Study

I guess the teens in your church do what teens I used to teach do. They rush to get to church early. They tell you how eager they are to learn from you. They always have their Bibles. They carry … Continue reading