Thoughts on Spiritual Disciplines or Practices

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Apr 21, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

Walter Trobisch, Martin Luther's Quiet Time
"It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business in the morning and the last business in the evening.  (p. 15)

William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
"And if you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it."  (p. 57)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
"In the Psalter we learn to pray on the basis of Christ's prayer.  The Psalter is the great school of prayer.  (p. 47)

"Let the one who cannot be alone beware of community.  ...Let the one who is not in community beware of being alone.  (p. 77)

Robert Mulholland, Invitation to a Journey
"The very personalized spiritual disciplines to which God calls us are an integral part of the classical spiritual disciplines of the Christian tradition:  prayer, spiritual reading, liturgy.  These classical spiritual disciplines of the body of Christ form the scaffolding, the structure, the support network within which we then exercise the distinctive, personalized disciplines into which the Spirit of God leads each of us as we journey toward wholeness in Christ." (p. 104)

Marjorie Thompson, Soul Feast
"A rule of life is a pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness.  ...the purpose of a rule is to help us grow in holiness.  (p. 146)

John Ortberg, The Life You've Always Wanted
Historically, when Christians sought to order the events of ordinary life around growing in Christlikeness, they would develop what is called a "rule of life."  Various monastic orders each had a rule. This was not simply a set of laws. The latin word for rule is regula-that is, something that is done regularly. A rule involves a rhythm for living in which we can grow more intimately connected to God.  (p. 197)

Adele Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook
"To live a sane and holy rhythm that reflects a deep love for God and respect for how he has made me.  A rule of life offers unique and regular rhythms that free and open each person to the will and presence of Christ.  The spiritual practices of a rule provide a way to partner with the Holy Spirit for personal transformation."  (p. 35)

"One of the early Christian rules for life is found in Acts 2:42...a simple statement of the regular rhythms we choose in order to present our bodies to God as our 'spiritual act of worship.'  (Romans 12:1) ...a way we partner with God for the transformation only he can bring.  (p. 36)

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