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How to Disciple Someone Experiencing Anxiety & Depression

This is an encouraging and practical article on how to disciple — provide direction and guidance — to someone struggling with anxiety and depression. Since most of us have faced these struggles ourselves, or know someone who is close to them with depression and anxiety, this piece describes four steps to wholeness and growth in Christ. And these steps are described from both the discipler’s point of view as well as the disciple’s. From MentalHealthGraceAlliance.org…………..

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Disciples Must Spend Time with Jesus — Dallas Willard

Being with Jesus

But if I am to be someone’s apprentice, there is one absolutely essential condition. I must be with that person. This is true of the student-teacher relationship in all generality. And it is precisely what it meant to follow Jesus when he was here in human form. To follow him meant, in the first place, to be with him.

If I am Jesus’ disciple that means I am with him to learn from him how to be like him. To take cases from ordinary life, a child learning to multiply and divide numbers is an apprentice to its teacher. Children are with their teachers, learning from them how to be like them in a certain respect—similarly for a student of the piano or voice, of the Spanish language, of tennis, and so forth. The “being-with,” by watching and by hearing, is an absolute necessity. . . .

God as personality is not a physical reality that everyone must see whether they want to or not. He can, of course, make himself present to the human mind in any way he chooses. But—for good reasons rooted deeply in the nature of the person and of personal relationships—his preferred way is to speak, to communicate: thus the absolute centrality of scripture to our discipleship. And this, among other things, is the reason why an extensive use of solitude and silence is so basic for growth of the human spirit, for they form an appropriate context for listening and speaking to God.

From The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. Copyright © 1997 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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The Student Resembles The Master

Spiritual formation in Christ is the process through which disciples or apprentices of Jesus take on the qualities or characteristics of Christ himself, in every essential dimension of human personality. The overall orientation of their will, the kinds of thoughts and feelings that occupy them, the “automatic” inclinations and “readinesses” of their body in action, the prevailing posture of their relations toward others, and the harmonious wholeness of their soul—these all, through the formative processes undergone by his disciples, increasingly come to resemble the personal dimensions of their master. ‘A pupil is not above his teacher,’ Jesus said, ‘but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher’ (Luke 6:40).”

From Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, In

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Looking for Your Role in God’s Kingdom? Start Here

There is some well-grounded advice in this brief article for those who are searching for their place in God’s Kingdom. Taking the steps outlined here will get you on your way! From Stand to Reason……………………..

https://www.str.org/w/looking-for-your-role-in-god-s-kingdom-start-here

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Don’t Follow Your Heart

The title of this article illustrates the upside-down aspect of true Christianity, compared to the ways of the world. Everything in society and social media these days tells us to “follow our hearts” to find true happiness and fulfillment, but the Bible teaches just the opposite! From The Gospel Coalition………………..

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Why God’s Men Need Good Men

No one is meant to live the Christian life alone, but Christian men — like all men — seem to have more problems finding true friends than do women. But men should not give up trying! From Desiring God………………….