Spiritual disciplines are the choices we make to nurture and support the Life of God emerging within us and to resist becoming captive to the ways we can distort the power of this life.

- Dallas Willard

July 2010

We were privileged to have Dr. Larry Crabb pour into us during our recent all staff retreat.  Our discussions revolved around relational holiness; i.e. In our desire to become more like Jesus we repent of known sin and seek to live in the Spirit (personal holiness) – that’s good.  Relational holiness ups the ante by looking at our “in Christ-ness” through the eyes of those around us.

I don’t know about you, but that scares me a bit.  Thinking I’m doing well because I have a quiet time and truly attempt to confess known sin, I must still ask my wife and friends how I may be blind to sin toward them.  Tempted to congratulate myself for my personal holiness (in a humble sort of way), the way I relate to others may well tell the real story of my holiness.  In other words, I’m in danger of self-deception (see Heb. 3:13).

So, if I can deceive myself, I really do need my wife, friends and you to help me see where I fall short of God’s glory.  And now we are faced with a far deeper question…  But that’s for a different discussion.  In the mean time, I pray for you as well as myself as we engage the process of becoming holy… relationally.

Thank you for joining us in this journey.

Because He Is Near,


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