Category: Spiritual Formation

Finding Grace in Unexpected Ways

A few months ago my husband and I celebrated 37 years of marriage. Quite a feat considering where I came from: broken home and a long lineage of divorce. I am sure our marriage set some kind of Fleig family record. Yet the most incredible, miraculous thing in all this is not our longevity; it’s ...

7 Ways to Breathe Life into Your Bible Reading

With Christmas behind us, our thoughts now turn toward the New Year. You are probably like and me and love the idea of new beginnings. January 1 offers us an opportunity to draw a line and start over. We all desire a way to begin again. Typically, we look at all the ways we want ...

“NET” Talk at on the With-God Life

This week I had the privilege and honor to speak at the Northwest Ministry Annual Conference. It was a “TED Talk” format so I had exactly 5 minutes to speak. The theme was “With Jesus.” (Right up my alley!) Here is the transcript from my talk: After 25 years of full-time ministry there came a ...

Recovering From Injury – Rehabilitating the Soul

After my workout at the gym one day, while doing a routine stretching exercise, I heard a snap. Immediately I felt a sharp pain in the back of my leg. I knew instantly I’d pulled my hamstring. Serious? I was being careful! I was doing everything right! How did that happen? I wanted to scream. ...

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Really!? Because This Changes Everything

“Christian spirituality is not a life-project for becoming a better person. It is not about developing a so-called deeper life. We are in on it, to be sure, but we are not the subject. Nor are we the action. We get included by means of a few prepositions: God with us (Matt. 1:23), Christ in ...

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When I Die, It Might Be Some Time Before I Know It

“When Dallas Willard was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late summer of 2012, one of his reflections was: “I think that, when I die, it might be some time until I know it. This morning Dallas Willard passed away. I’m not sure if anyone has told him yet.” John Ortberg wrote these words in his ...

Spiritual Formation at Faith: Embracing Environments for Transformation

As the pastor of spiritual formation at Faith TriCities, I was tasked to develop a ministry strategy for a spiritual formation/discipleship process. This was not an easy thing! It forced me to look carefully at spiritual reality (not how we think it should be) and the context of church life. One thing I understood from ...

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Meeting God in the Text

Often one of our New Year (or mid-year) resolutions is to be more consistent in reading our Bible. The good news is there a lot of helpful Bible reading plans out there. Unfortunately, too soon our resolve falls by the way side and we chide ourselves for not being faithful or diligent enough. Next year, ...

Advent 2012 Day 9 The God Who Stoops

“Many people visualize a god who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until they can badger him into taking action on their behalf. The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to Him, while man is still lost ...

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The Place In Between

This is just too good not to re-post. I wish I’d written it. If you are struggling in waiting, wanting to be anywhere but where you are, grab a cup of coffee, curl up in a comfy chair and read on. It’s a long piece and you will be tempted to skim through it just ...