Category: Spiritual Growth

15 Apr


Faith, Gospel, Hope, Poetry, Spiritual Growth No Comments by Josh Schlotterbeck

When evil mounts its horse for war With shouts and scoffs like a lion’s roar I hear a voice, quite faint but true I Am still here for you. When Evil’s strength it does parade Its intent my heart dismayed I hear above its jarring noise Find strength in Me, I Am your poise When […]

02 May

The anatomy of a hard heart

Anatomy of a hard heart

One of the most difficult aspects of this season in my life is that I had never prepared for it.  What I mean to say is, on the one hand, this is something the church never talks about. We never talk about the pain that cuts so deep it paralyzes its victims.  We never talk […]

17 Mar

The darkest place I’ve ever been

Saudi Night Sky

  When I was 9 years old my family lived in Saudi Arabia.  A country with desserts so vast only 1.5% of it’s entire mass is inhabitable, leaving more than 98% of the country barren and desolate.  Very few people travel these areas because resources are scarce, and a simple cry for help will go […]

02 Jan

The one word resolution that changes everything.

As 2014 came barreling to a close I, like you, began staking stock of all that has changed this year; and I began establishing my goals for 2015.  Usually we call these goals for the New Year Resolutions. Ya know; I RESOLVE TO _____________ in 2015. Here is a list for the top 10 Resolutions […]

04 Nov

No California Stopping Allowed.

This blog is about waiting on God. And to me sometimes waiting,  when God says wait; is like sitting at a red light. I know, you’re thinking, DUH. You stop and wait at a red light. But there’s more to it than that. Keeping you car stopped at a red like requires a tremendous amount […]

23 Oct

Don’t count yourself out.

The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. -Matthew 14:21 Jesus didn’t feed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. He fed a crowd of people that numbered more than 5,000. You see  in those days, the women and children typically weren’t part of the headcount. Therefore, […]

18 Oct

Prayer determines your effectiveness.

The only way to really change the world is to fully immerse your will and your desires into the mind of Christ so that we become an extension of His ministry to mankind. You are the change the world needs, and the best place to start is prayer. Prayer determines your effectiveness. The most influential […]

13 May

The threat of familiarity and the fertile ground of gratitude.

Gratitude is the foundation of worship because worship happens when we focus our minds attention and hearts affection on God in response to who He is and what He has done.  For Christians, one of the greatest threats to our faith is familiarity.  In most cases familiarity results in complacency.  While one would argue that […]

30 Apr

You are here: Spiritual Declination

Discipline, Spiritual Growth No Comments by Josh Schlotterbeck

Declination is a navigational term that refers to the formula for calculating the difference between Magnetic North and True North.  True North is the direction in which the north pole is located along the Earth’s rotational axis, while magnetic north is the direction toward which the compass needle points.  True north never changes its location, […]

30 Apr

Guilt vs. Conviction

Faith, Hope, Sin, Spiritual Growth No Comments by Josh Schlotterbeck

I have been preparing to preach a sermon on the topic of repentance, and felt that this little bit I came across would help somebody.  I would probably venture to say that more Christians live in fear of God rather than in the freedom of His grace because they feel guilty.  While in a certain […]

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