Cultivating spritual growth

Lectionary Reflection, 10th Sunday after Pentecost, August 1, 2021
How’s the work of cultivating disciples going in your community of faith? Paul has some good words for spiritual gardeners in this week’s epistle lesson, and the gospel reminds us the master gardener’s mentoring that sustains us. (Photo: Dan Hughes, Creative Commons)

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The beginner’s guide to a deep prayer life

Prayer is the essential foundation of discipleship. Without prayer, how can we communicate with God? But many Christians find prayer difficult. This article from Cru explores how to pray more effectively. (Photo: John Ragal, Creative Commons)

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Get your church ready to receive a large gift

A huge, unrestricted gift may seem like the answer to a prayer for many congregations, but it can actually cause big problems if the groundwork is not prepared in advance. The United Methodist Church explores ways your church can prepare. (© f9photos –

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