My Personal Devotions Chair | HeadHeartHand Blog – Christian Article

One of my mentors sets apart a special chair for personal devotions. He told me that when he goes to his study every morning to read his Bible and pray, he always does it in a chair that he reserves for that purpose. He found that if he sat in his desk chair, his mind was distracted and pulled towards the work that he had to do that day. He could get no peace to settle on seeking the Lord…

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Blogs I’m teaching a Doctor of Ministry course this week at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, so the Check out posts may be a bit sporadic. 5 Actions a Counselor Can Take In-Between Meetings: The Counselor’s Homework“In biblical counseling, we often talk about the pastor/counselor collaborating with the counselee to develop “homework” assignments for the counselee. What can the counselee do in-between sessions to keep the change going? However, we… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by David Murray…

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How to Fill your Body with Light – Christian Article

Did you know that the human body has about eleven million sensory receptors and that about ten million of them are dedicated to sight? That gives a whole new meaning to Jesus’s teaching that, “The light of the body is the eye” (Matt. 6:22). By some estimates, half of the brain’s resources are dedicated to vision. What we see, therefore, is a huge influencer of what we do and what we are. That’s why James Clear devotes so much time…

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Four Steps to Good Habits (and breaking bad ones) – Christian Article

Find it hard to start good habits? Find it even harder to stop bad habits? Yeh, me too. So we just need to try harder don’t we? But what does that actually mean? What do we actually do? What steps should we take? The core of James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, is a four-step analysis of how habits are formed (and broken). It’s an extremely important cycle to understand not only for our own sanctification, but also if we are involved…

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Blogs Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament?“Jesus unites the Bible. He is not absent from the Old Testament, sitting on the bench, awaiting his fourth quarter winning play. He is the player-coach-manager directing all things. Throughout the Old Testament, he is the one and only Mediator of God Most High, marching purposefully toward his own incarnation. Jesus is Lord. He always has been.” And here’s a good example of this in Robert Rothwell’s article, David’s Son. Teach Your Teen How…

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Blogs Postpartum Depression and the Christian“In some women, however, despair lingers and takes root. Up to 13 percent of mothers suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), which the American Psychiatric Association defines as an episode of major depression during pregnancy or within four weeks following delivery (although many clinicians make the diagnosis within a year postpartum). The effects of clinical depression, heavy on the heart under any circumstance,… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by David Murray…

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Blogs 3 Reasons to Study the Biblical Geography of IsraelHaving visited Israel for the first time last year, I can Amen this article “When we don’t know the land, we don’t really know the whole story. It’s like watching a play without a backdrop or props. Geography drops you right in the middle of the setting of God’s grand narrative and brings it to life. Here are three specific benefits of studying biblical geography.” 5 Leadership Practices Churches Should Adopt…

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How to Live the Bible — A Prayer for the New Year – Christian Article

Pastor and author Mel Lawrenz is interrupting his weekly How to Live the Bible series to focus our attention on the wonder of the Incarnation for the Advent season. This week, here’s a Christmas blessing for personal or church use (click here for a printable PDF version; permission granted to reproduce in full form). Christ has come! Be sure to sign up for the free daily email devotional Christmas Joy. Many people do these 25 readings every year as a…

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Identifying Bad Habits | HeadHeartHand Blog – Christian Article

There are holy habits and there are unholy habits. How do we tell the difference? Usually it’s pretty obvious, but sometimes there may be uncertainty. How can we tell if a particular habit is good or bad. In Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, James Clear proposes a question to help us classify our habits. “Does this behavior help me become the type of person I wish to be? Does this habit…

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Actor Chris Pratt to Follow Bible-Based 21-Day Diet of Prayer and Fasting

Content manager for Bible Gateway “Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.” That’s what Old Testament prophet Daniel said to his Babylonian prison guard in the 7th century BC and now American actor Chris Pratt is modeling that diet thousands of years later. In his recent Instagram story, the Jurassic World star, who is vocal about his Christian faith, said, “Hi, Chris Pratt here. Day three of the Daniel Fast, check it out. It’s 21 days…

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Habit Stacking | HeadHeartHand Blog – Christian Article

If we want to increase our success in forming good habits and breaking bad ones, we need a specific plan about  the what and the where. As yesterday’s article explained, the key sentence to complete is: I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION].  But if you want to move from the Bachelor’s to the Master’s level of habit change, you need to use what James Clear calls habit stacking. He explains, “Rather than pairing your new habit with a particular……

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Blogs Toward a More Meditative Life“We do not live in a time that encourages quietness and meditation. As Thomas Friedman, columnist for the The New York Times, said, “We have gone from the Iron Age to the Industrial Age to the Information Age to the Age of Interruption.” Indeed, we live with the constant interruptions of beeps, blinks, and buzzes. They tell us now the average American spends more than half their days in front of a screen. We are…

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A Plan for Habit Change – Christian Article

Three groups of people were given the following instructions: Group One: Track how often you exercise. Group Two: Track workouts and read articles on the benefits of exercise. Group Three: Track workouts, read articles on the benefits of exercise, and formulate a plan for when and where you will exercise the following week. Which of the three groups got fitter? Here are the results as reported in James Clear’s Atomic Habits: Group One: 35-38% exercised at least once per week.…

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Ten Triggers of Godliness | HeadHeartHand Blog – Christian Article

If you want to increase godly habits in your life, increase godly cues in your life. If you want to decrease ungodly habits, decrease ungodly cues. A cue is a trigger, a stimulus, that spurs your brain to initiate a behavior. For example, if you see your running shoes at the door, your brain will suggest going for a run. If you keep a water bottle beside you, you will want to keep more hydrated. Or, negatively, if you see…

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Blogs Disowned for Jesus | Desiring GodA stirring testimony: “When I left Islam to follow Jesus, I didn’t know what it would cost me. I hadn’t realized what it would take to deny myself, lay my life down, and take up my cross (Matthew 16:24). I wasn’t aware that even the precious relationships of my family should not come between me and following Christ — that I should even hate my family compared to my love for Jesus (Luke 14:26).”…

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