PP054 How the Captivating Holiness of God Can Set Us Free

A boy visits Loch Ness. Instead of catching something, something catches him. He gives the rest of his life to the search for a mythical monster. We’re all looking for a cause big enough to devote our lives to. When we encounter God in his holiness we discover a beauty captivating enough to hold our attention forever and a cause large enough to be worthy of all our devotion. God’s holiness is captivating. And in capturing us, it sets us free.


Scriptures Referenced: Isa 6; Exo 3; Lev 10:10; 1Jn 1:5; Heb 7:26; Exo 15:11
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PP053 Habits of Grace: Practical Help for Giving

The Bible doesn’t just give us a theology of giving, it also gives us some how to. The Apostle Paul taught us the law of the harvest that we reap what we sow. In this episode we also learn about our Lord’s principles of giving in his Sermon on the Mount, and touch on matters such as debt, and giving privately instead of publicly.

Scriptures Referenced: 2Cor 8-9; Gal. 6
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PP052 Habits of Grace: The Joy of Giving

Our Lord Jesus taught that it is more happy to give than to receive, and he should know. God is the happy God who gives with great generosity and joy. When we worship him we become joyfully generous too. And not only does worship produce giving, but our giving is part of our worship. Learn all this and more from special guest Justin Pratt, and see if it doesn’t spread a smile on your face!


Scriptures Referenced: Acts 20:35; Jam 1:17; 1Cor 9:15; 1Tim 1:11; Matt 6:63; Heb 13:16; Phil 4:18; Rom 12:1; Matt 20; 2Cor 9
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PP051 Habits of Grace: Meditation & Prayer

Prayer can be hard work, and we need all the help we can get. One thing that helps is understanding how prayer relates to two other activities: reading the Bible and meditating. In this episode we go through a little poem that explains how it works: Before I read I pray / Before I pray I read / If in between I meditate / My heart knows what to say.


Scriptures Referenced: Jude 20-21; John 15:5; Mat 11:28; Ps 86:11, 90:14, 119:18, 36; Jam 1:19; Mark 2
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PP050 Habits of Grace: Gathering with the Church

Are you part of a local church, following the example of the early Christians in the Book of the Acts? Churches meet together. Many of the spiritual disciplines are private exercises, but the public activity of gathering together with the church is also a habit of grace. It is how we express our unity in Christ and is also for our own spiritual blessing. We shouldn’t attend the meetings of the church to impress others, but we should look at it as an opportunity to encourage others.

Scriptures Referenced: Acts 2:42-47; 1Cor 11:17; Heb 10:24-25
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PP049 Habits of Grace: Reading & Learning

One of the ways we can grow in enjoying and experiencing God’s love is through learning theology. And one of the ways we learn theology is through reading Scripture and books about Scripture. This is the first in a short series of episodes on the spiritual disciplines, what David Mathis calls habits of grace. If your daily quiet time is lacking some sizzle, discover how replacing your devotional book with a good solid work of theology can make a world of difference.

Scriptures Referenced: Jude; Acts 2:42; 1Tim 1:6-7, 4:7; 2Pet 3:16-17; Ps 119:9, 18, 34-35, 160; Eph 4:11-14
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PP048 Setback or Steps Forward? Redefining Success

According to God’s definition of success, the setbacks you’ve experienced over the last two years aren’t steps back but steps forward. Learn how the Christian definition of success helps us reflect on the disappointments of the past and face the uncertainties of the future. At the end, Mike and Matthew outline the next two months at Practicology. Lord willing, January’s episodes will help us practice the spiritual disciplines, and February will feature a reading challenge. Make sure you listen to the end so you can start getting ready! Below are the links as promised.

Bible reading plans:
The Five Day Bible Reading Program
The Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan
Customize your own plan

Download Key Bible Concepts book by Gooding and Lennox for free!

Or purchase soft copy from Myrtlefield website (It is also availabe from most online book resellers)
Scriptures Referenced: Rom. 8:1-3, 28-29; 12:2; Ps. 119:71; Lam. 3:27; James 1:2
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PP044 Cloak, Books, and Parchments #1

There is no book like the Bible and the Scriptures are our ultimate counselor. But we all learn from the ministry of others, including ministry that comes to us in written form. In this first installment of Cloak, Books, and Parchments (2Tim 4:13), Mike & Matthew share brief reviews of seven book titles for your reading pleasure.

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PP032 Back to School with Attitude: “I’m Too Special to Sin”

This year, go back to school or college with attitude! If you’re a Christian you’re too special to sin. According to 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, you belong to God by creation, by redemption, and by indwelling. Learn how to walk away from sinful temptations by saying, “I’m too special for that.”


Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 6:12-20; 1Pt 1:18-19

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PP026 Discipleship, Part 3

In David Williamson’s final installment on Christian discipleship, we learn that not only is Christ before us that we may follow him, and beside us that we may fellowship with him, but he is also behind us enabling us to fight for him. We don’t fight with phyiscal swords, but it is a battle against the ideas of the culture – we “have divine power to destroy strongholds, to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God.” 

Scriptures Referenced: Mk 6:7-13; 8:14-15; 2Cor 10:3-5

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