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What People are Saying about the Daily Growth Journal

I finally look forward to journaling again! Over the years I’ve let my habit of journaling get crowded out by life. I wasn’t sure if I would see growth by spending just 10 minutes aday, but I’m encouraged by the progress I’ve already made.

Sarah, Project Coordinator

The Daily Growth Journal is an innovative way to make your daily devotions a living part of your discipleship - you don't have anything like it.

Alan, Pastoral Coach

"I have never been great at journaling, but this takes all the stress out of the process. Simple, straight forward questions keep you focused, and over time I noticed it influencing my whole day."

Joe, Children's Pastor

I have always struggled with journaling. The blank page just “stared” at me as if to dare me to think of anything to write. I love the questions in this journal. It really gets me started, and helps me to focus on truly allowing the Holy Spirit to “form” me more into the image of Christ. 

Donna, Discipleship Pastor

Feeling Stuck?

Finding time to spend in spiritual disciplines is tough with a busy schedule. Even if you had the time, you find yourself wondering, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with my life. How am I supposed to grow?”

Living Your Destiny?

God wants you to grow in every area of life. Your physical health, parenting skills, work at your job, and everything in between are all opportunities for you to become more like Christ. Your whole life can become a reflection of God’s destiny for you.

The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

The Advent of the God With Us - Episode 71

The Advent of the God With Us - Episode 71

Advent is here! Whether you observe it or not, 2020 has probably left you hoping for something better than what you've experienced so far this year. The good news is that God is with you, just as he was with his people throughout all of history and will continue to be with his people forever. Advent is a chance to set aside time to remember this truth. In this episode Josh and Chris unpack the value of celebrating Advent and setting aside time to remember God is with us and the hope we have as we look forward to his final coming.

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What If Jesus Wants Less for Your Life? - Chris Nye - Episode 70

What If Jesus Wants Less for Your Life? - Chris Nye - Episode 70

Every decision we make is motivated by some desire we have. And for most of us in the US, that means a desire for more. We want more money, a larger house, more safety, more happiness, and... well, just more. But when we look at Scripture, this pursuit of more may not be the way Jesus intended us to live a lifestyle of discipleship. It's difficult to read Philippians 4 where Paul tells about his secret of contentment and at the same time think American capitalism and consumerism are what Paul's lifestyle would look like. In this episode, Chris Nye talks about what he's finding to be valuable for living a lifestyle of discipleship while at the same time living in a culture where there's always a pressure to consume more. It could be that Less of More is a better way to be more like Jesus.

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Is the Bible Really Authoritative? - Episode 69

Is the Bible Really Authoritative? - Episode 69

As followers of Christ, one of our primary tools for knowing Him and His will is the Bible. In fact, we often proclaim that it is THE primary way for us to know who God is. But have you ever asked yourself "why"? Why do Christians believe in the Bible is authoritative in our lives?

Asking this question isn't a sign that you have weak faith. On the contrary! It shows that you are maturing. Mature disciples ask these kinds of questions because we have a desire to go deeper in our relationship with God. We don't want to rest on the legacy or word of our parents. We want to grow our faith so that it is able to stand on its own two feet. We believe that if God is really behind Scripture and is working in our lives to reveal Himself to us, then there are no questions we could ask that could ever dismiss the truth of who He is or what He's done.

So in this episode, Josh and Chris explore why the Bible is one of Christianity's most valuable tools for seeking to know God.

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Thoughts for Your Growth

How Journaling 10 Minutes a Day Can Help You Grow in Christ

How Journaling 10 Minutes a Day Can Help You Grow in Christ

You might be wondering if it’s really possible to grow in your walk with Christ by journaling just 10 minutes a day. I know it sounds a little far fetched. You’re probably thinking it’s just some marketing gimmick used to get you to click on a link.

You’re right! I admit it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I truly believe the Daily Growth Journal can help you grow in your walk with Christ because I’ve seen what it’s done in my life and the lives of others.

Why You Should Practice Silence and Solitude

Why You Should Practice Silence and Solitude

I’ve learned that practicing Silence and Solitude is the spiritual equivalent to resting after a hard workout. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, you don’t actually get stronger from going to the gym. Lifting weights only serves to stress the muscles and break them down. And that stress is what causes growth to take place. Without it, your body wouldn’t have a reason to grow.

But the exercise itself doesn’t make your muscles grow stronger. The process of rest and recovery does that. So if you didn't give your muscles enough time to recover and you continued to work out every day, you’d end up breaking down your body more and more until you injured yourself and/or made yourself sick. This is your body's way of taking the rest it needs whether you’re willing to give it or not.

 

Why Does the Easy Yoke of Jesus Seem So Hard?

Why Does the Easy Yoke of Jesus Seem So Hard?

Have you ever thought about Jesus' command to take on his yoke and burden and wondered what He meant when he promised it would be “easy” and “light.” Anyone who’s been a Christian for any significant time will tell you that following Jesus isn’t always easy. It costs a lot! It takes all of your effort! By choosing the narrow road to life, you invite upon yourself all kinds of trials, hardships, and suffering.

So what is Jesus talking about in Matthew 11:29-30 when he promised that His Way is actually the easy one?