Today's Devotions

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Worth Considering: CS Lewis

  • On Easter Eggs: CS Lewis +

    There is a stage in a child's life at which it cannot separate the religious from the merely festal character Read More
  • What are we to make of Christ? by CS Lewis +

    Now, as a literary historian, I am perfectly convinced that whatever else the Gospels are they are not legends. I 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

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Living by Kingdom Narratives +

    The idea behind James Bryan Smith’s The Good and Beautiful God (InterVarsity Press, 2009) is twofold. First, spiritual growth generally Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Devotional Classics +

    This collection edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith and published by Harper Collins, is a collection of fifty-two Read More
  • Give My Soul Rest: the movie Avatar +

    Avatar, the 2009 movie by James Cameron, raised as much discussion and controversy through its piecemeal use of Native American, Read More
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Gems

  • Process +

      The finished diamond is one of the most beautiful and desirable gems. Read More
  • Not a Conscientious Objector +

    As we abide in him and he abides in us, we are receiving his life rather than creating our own Read More
  • Falling in Love With God +

    “falling in love with God,” as Boa’s subtitle for the facet explains. In this approach we attempt to enter into Read More
  • God's Dimension +

    We experience a great sense of the wonder, boldness, and overwhelming awe of God through our relationship with the Holy Read More
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