Cultivate Depth: Spiritual Practices for our Everyday Lives
 
Week Seven: The Practice of Submission

“The Submission of the Believer” by Oswald Chambers

Other Submission Resources:
–Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline: Chapter 8, Submission. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.
–Merton, Thomas. Seven Storey Mountain. Orlando: Harcourt Brace, 1948.
–Merton, Thomas. Sign of Jonas. Orlando: Harcourt, 1953.
–Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines pp. 189-190. New York: HarperCollins, 1988
 
Two Helpful Books to get you started:
A classic: “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster
Very accessible: “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg
 
Website with a wealth of information/guidance on the disciplines and spiritual formation: Renovare .
 
Great Podcasts on Spiritual Formation and Practices:
“Renovare Podcast” by Nathan Foster
“Things Above” by James Bryan Smith
 
 
 
Week Six: The Practice of Service

 
 
Week Five: The Practice of Solitude

 
 
Week Four: The Practice of Simplicity

“Simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle. Both are necessary.
The inward reality of simplicity is beautifully encapsulated in Matthew chapter 6, especially Jesus’s concluding words that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God” and the righteousness of this kingdom, and all that is needed for life will be added to us.1 This laser-beam focus on a “with-God life” in God’s kingdom is the inward reality of simplicity. As Jesus reminds us, when our eye is single, our whole body will be full of light.” – Richard Foster
 
Article: Living with Less, Loving People More by Jan Johnson
Article: Understanding Simplicity by Richard Foster 
Podcast: Practical Simplicity by John Bailey
 
Week Three: The Practice of Fasting

Notes from the Vine Class on 1/21/2019: Fasting handout
Podcast: Fasting is Feasting on God with Mimi Dixon
 
Week Two: The Practice of Prayer
 

Article: “How to Intercede Like Jesus” by Jan Johnson
Book Excerpt: “Prayer-Finding the Hearts True Home” by Richard Foster
Sermon: Prevailing Personal Prayer by Timothy Keller – A sermon (on YouTube) about the importance of “praying in secret” and also how we pray.
Prayers: Morning Prayers by John Baille – sometimes it helps to have written prayers to pray. The Psalms are a good choice. Try Psalm 4 in the evening and Psalm 5 in the morning!
 
 
Week One: Introduction to the Spiritual Practices (1/6/2019)
 

Cultivate Depth: Intro

A simple definition: A spiritual practice is any practice that draws us closer to the heart of God and helps us to be aware of God’s presence and grace.
 
“God’s transforming grace will not enter our lives without our effort. Grace is opposed to earning, but not to effort.” – Dallas Willard