The 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

  • Paradigm Questions

    Paradigm Questions To which of the following commands of Christ’s do you only pay only lip service? Love your enemies Read More
  • Deliver us from Evil

    Spiritual warfare is something that few Christians, regardless of their denomination, are accustomed to thinking about, let alone engaging in. Read More
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Publications

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life

    The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life, by Hannah Whitehall Smith. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/smith_hw/secret.titlepage.html From Christian Classics website: Sometimes it just feels Read More
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Music

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Earth as a Terrorist +

    On any given day it can seem as if Earth itself is a terrorist as grotesque shape-shiftings of the physical Read More
  • April 16 Devotional: CH Spurgeon +

    "The precious blood of Christ."-1 Peter 1:19. Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and Read More
  • Even What They Have Will Be Taken Away: the movie Inception +

    When one considers the carnage wrought by us since our creation, the term humankind becomes a darkly bitter wordplay for Read More
  • You are free +

    The Jesus who calmed a sea of deadly, stormy waves, whose arrival sent thousands of demons cringing and cowering to Read More
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Gems

  • Home: a video clip of Going Home by Libera +

    What is home? Is it a house or something more? Is home where you grew up, where you live, or Read More
  • That nothing may be wasted--the back story of the film Hugo +

    With God, nothing is ever wasted. Every moment, every thought, every action that occurs within his creation sustains and nurtures Read More
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