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In this month’s episode of Friends in For­ma­tion, Nate, James, and Richel­la answer lis­ten­er ques­tions about the dif­fer­ence between spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion and dis­ci­ple­ship, trans­form­ing neg­a­tive thoughts, and vir­tu­al spir­i­tu­al inter­ac­tions and the role of rootedness.

Show Notes

[1:44] What is the dif­fer­ence between spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion and discipleship?

[14:28] Dwight L Moody says Char­ac­ter is what you are in the dark.” My ear­ly morn­ing, just wok­en up thoughts, are often fear­ful, neg­a­tive, and some­times bit­ter. Once I focus on, say Psalm 23, The Lord’s prayer or some oth­er qui­et, spir­i­tu­al read­ing or reflec­tion I feel the bub­bling bit­ter­ness leav­ing me, and as the day unfolds, I do pray, reflect, and ask Jesus to be with me in all parts of my day. I am wor­ried, how­ev­er, that the real me is to be found in those first angry thoughts. Can I reach a point where these thoughts don’t fea­ture with­out sup­press­ing them through grit­ted teeth?

[29:49] We are mov­ing to more and more vir­tu­al spir­i­tu­al inter­ac­tions. But some­how I think God means us to be root­ed in place, loca­tion, fam­i­ly, peo­ple. How should we as Image-Bear­ers han­dle this new challenge?

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