Have you taken the next step in your spiritual growth and development as a disciple of Jesus?

On January 6, 2014 I wrote: “It is my heart’s desire and prayer that 2014 will be a year of advanced spiritual growth for each of us. My desire is that we each will take the “next step” in our spiritual growth and development as disciples of Jesus. The “next step” will be different for each of us and will require that we submit to the Lord allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the step that will result in the growth the Lord desires.”

My next step has been in the areas of prayer and storytelling. The prayer journey has focused on prayers that are short, simple, specific, and frequent. The short-term result has been a greater sense of God’s presence in the routines of my life. Through story I have been learning longer passages of Scripture and have been able to include many of those in sermons throughout the year. I anticipate using even more story in sermons in 2015.

Reflecting on my own experience of this year has called attention to the basics of prayer and Bible study. The “next step” is likely to be found in the basics. Have you taken the next step in your spiritual growth and development as a disciple of Jesus?

I would love to hear your “next step” story; send me an email (randy@theclintonchurch.org) or give me a call (660-890-4150). I am really glad God is giving me the opportunity to be your pastor; you are the best.

Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

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