Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "spiritual growth"

How NOT to grow spiritually

How does a person grow? Specifically, for followers of Jesus, how does a person grow spiritually? Another word for growth is sanctification--that supernatural process by which the Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and forms us into Christ's image. Growth is primarily a work that God does in us--I can't, essentially, make myself grow. And yet you can't escape the New Testament's overwhelming pulse that God commands us to intentionally pursue Him, that growth is, in some ways, our job as Christians. There are quite a few texts that illuminate this, but 1 Timothy 4:7 comes to mind. Paul here tells us to "discipline ourselves to godliness." In other words, yes the Holy Spirit does the work in us, but we also will not grow if our Christian life consists of us sitting on the couch and waiting for growth to happen. So how do we grow? What are the tools...

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10 Most Popular Blog Posts

This was a great year for my blog, the best ever. I'm still fairly unknown compared to heavyweights like Tim Challies or Jon Acuff, but I'm proud of the fact that my number of visits nearly tripled as did my number of visitors, while my pageviews more than doubled. I also added quite a few Twitter followers and email subscribers. All in all a very good year. Here are the top ten blogs posts in 2012: 1) Ten Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Dad This is a half-serious/half-humorous post about the unknowns of fathering. What's funny about this post is that I wrote it late one Sunday night after an evening church service. I had a bit of inspiration rolling around in my head. I had no idea that it would "go viral" as the cool kids say. It was linked to by quite a few popular blogs. 2) The Sin About Which...

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