Today's Devotions

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New Things to Consider

  • Witnesses for Jesus by Tim Keller (Mark 15) +

    Tim Keller discusses the significance of the women and men who saw Jesus die, buried, and resurrected.  Read More
  • Prayer-bringing light into darkness by NT Wright +

    NT Wright discusses the importance of prayer in maintaining a relationship with Jesus. Read More
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4 1 11bThe finished diamond is one of the most beautiful and desirable gems.
Yet, in the rough it appears like any other stone. It requires the knowledge and skill of a master cutter and polisher to change the rough stone into a faceted gem. We all begin our spiritual journey as a "diamond in the rough", unrecognizable as the spiritual gem God wants us to be. The process of  spiritual formation allows God, the master diamond cutter, to cut away the roughness to expose a beautiful gem.

 

Welcome to the Spiritual Life Network website. It is our hope that you will find here resources, recommendations, materials, and ideas that will aid in your personal life journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We are using Dr. Kenneth Boa’s book, “Conformed to His Image, as a template to illustrate various spiritual disciplines you can use for God to grow you spiritually. This website is neither comprehensive nor complete. And it is not a review or summary of Boa’s book. You are encouraged to read “Conformed to His Image” for more in depth study.

 

We have chosen to illustrate essential spiritual principles with thought provoking examples from the arts and popular culture for relevancy. We trust that your life will be enriched as you continue to discover how these eternal spiritual principles apply to all experiences.


Boa refers to spiritual growth as a "gem with many facets". These are summarized as follows:

  1. Relational Spirituality – learning to love God completely, ourselves correctly, and others compassionately
  2. Paradigm Spirituality – cultivating an eternal versus a temporal perspective
  3. Disciplined Spirituality – engaging in the historical disciplines
  4. Exchanged Life Spirituality – grasping our true identity in Christ
  5. Motivated Spirituality – a set of biblical incentives
  6. Devotional Spirituality – falling in love with God
  7. Holistic Spirituality – every component of life under the lordship of Christ
  8. Process Spirituality – process versus product; being versus doing
  9. Spirit-Filled Spirituality – walking in the power of the Spirit
  10. Warfare Spirituality – the world, the flesh, and the devil
  11. Nurturing Spirituality – a lifestyle of evangelism and discipleship
  12. Corporate Spirituality – encouragement, accountability, and worship
As you explore this site you will find yourself using a number of these principles. None stands by itself as a person’s sole path to spiritual growth. These facets receive the light from different angles. Together they enhance spiritual growth like a multi-faceted diamond: strong, beautiful, and reflective of God’s character.

Reflections to Consider

  • The Community of Jesus

    What does it mean to be a Christian? Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, makes a compelling Read More
  • Life as an Alien

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Salvation Altogether (Spurgeon) +

    Salvation Altogether by Grace by C. H. Spurgeon “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not Read More
  • The Landscape of Piety: Majors +

    The following is recommended reading from the blog by Justin Taylor, on the gospel coalition website. J. I. Packer: For Read More
  • Why We Need the Puritans by JI Packer +

    1 Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider Read More
  • Cases and Directions Against Censoriousness and Unwarrantable Judging, by Richard Baxter (Puritan) +

    The following comes from: http://www.puritansermons.com/baxter/baxter26.htm Cases and Directions Against Censoriousness and Unwarrantable Judging. By Richard Baxter Tit. 1 Cases of Read More
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Gems

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Disciplined Spirituality Links +

    Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach Simple but astonishing in its example of what discipline and perseverance can Read More
  • Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard +

    Understanding Changes Lives A good companion to Richard Foster's book Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth; it provides Read More
  • Spiritual Classics, Richard Foster and Emilie Griffiin +

    Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines Good collection of essays, saints throughout the ages. A Read More
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