Saturday, June 13, 2009

Scott's Spiritual Disciplines - circa 2003

I recently came across Scott's challenge for our Open Hand tribe back in 2003:

Hebrew 10 - Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.

1 Timothy 4 - Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.

January = Outburst
Practice 'Uncommon Kindness' at least one time during the month and not get caught.

February = Spiritual Exercise
Daily pray lavish blessing upon someone that irritates us or someone that doesn't like us.

March = Spiritual Exercise
Spend one day alone at a retreat house with a Bible, a notepad, and God.

April = Outburst
Go out of our way to help someone in a practical way. Look for opportunities to serve and volunteer before being asked.

May = Spiritual Exercise
Ask God to lead us to a person that is searching for Christ.

June = Outburst
Speak one kind, encouraging word to at least one person per day.

July = Spiritual Exercise
Offer to pray for one person in a public (non-religious) setting.

August = Spiritual Exercise
Go an entire month without gossiping, slandering, or putting down another person.

September = Outburst
Mail notes or letters to ten different people and offer encouragement, challenge, and gratitude for who they are or what they have done.

October = Spiritual Exercise
Pray through the entire book of Psalms during the month.

November = Spiritual Exercise
Once a week get alone and adopt the mindset that this is the last day of my life. Write down one thing that isn't important and one thing that I must do....then do that thing.

December = Spiritual Exercise
Identify one negative feeling that has hampered our life and seek to renew our mind in that area.


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