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Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
By Keith Drury
wesleyan publishing houseCopyright © 2004 Keith Drury
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PrefaceDisciplines of holy living? What are they? What does this word "discipline" suggest to you? Does it remind you of serious daily devotions? Extended times of fasting? Fervent periods of prayer?
Granted, these acts of personal piety are related to holy living. But this book is about the lesser known disciplines of holiness. Some chapters are about inner disciplines of obedience: releasing grudges, overcoming impure thoughts, putting off pride, and abandoning selfish ambition. Other chapters address interpersonal disciplines: making restitution, restoring a fallen Christian, speaking with truthfulness, and mending broken relationships. These lesser known disciplines of holy living are desperately needed in today's church.
The gospel is a positive message of hope-not just for unbelievers, but for Christians too! The message of Christ marches into our pessimistic world declaring, "You can change!" You really can! God's great plan of salvation extends beyond establishing our holiness in position-perfect in Christ Jesus. It provides for the actual transformation of our daily performance into Christlikeness.
You can obey Him! You can walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6). Not only in the areas this book deals with, but indozens-no, hundreds of other areas. Holiness is obedience. It is following Jesus step by step, walking in submission to Him. Why? Because we love Him.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. -2 John 6
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