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How Leveraging Ancient Methods Can Positively Transform Your Life | GOF58

Have you noticed the growing trend among life experts all proclaiming certain rituals or methods as the key to an incredible life? Tony Robbins, Michael Hyatt, and others have been heralding the benefits of incorporating certain daily habits into daily routines. Surprisingly, some of these men are not religious, yet they are using the religious exercise. So where did they learn these “secret tools”? On today’s episode, I’m joined by guest host Dr. Brian Russell to discuss what he refers to as “the New Methodist.” In our conversation, we discuss how most of the methods employed by today’s secular life coaches have very ancient roots.

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This Episode’s Topic: Leveraging ancient methods in your daily habits

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Theology On The Street

Starts at 7:23

Evangelicals often Christianity to belief only. But what does it mean to “practice Christianity?” In this section, we discuss the scriptural mandate to incorporate daily disciplines into everyday life. “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting as it has been found difficult and left untried” G.K. Chesterton

Smitty’s Tip of the Week

Starts at 27:40

 In this segment, Dr. Russell discusses Dallas Willard’s book, “The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives.” This book is worth reading slowly, and we recommend using it for devotional purposes.

 

Feature Presentation

Starts at 30:55

From Willard “A successful performance at a moment of crisis rests largely and essentially upon the depths of a self wisely and rigorously prepared in the totality of its being–mind and body.” p. 4

A successful performance at a moment of crisis rests largely and essentially upon the depths of a self wisely and rigorously prepared in the totality of its being–mind and body.” p. 4

“A baseball player who expects to excel in the game without exercise of his body is no more ridiculous than the Christian who hopes to be able to act in the manner of Christ when put to the test without the appropriate exercise in godly living” (4–5) Dallas Willard uses a great illustration from baseball over pages 3–5.  

  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Find what works for you
  • Prayer of liturgy
  • Scripture
  • Silence
  • Fasting
  • Journaling
  • Small Group (Class Meetings)

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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