The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast
What is Prayer? - John Starke (Ep 37.2)

What is Prayer? - John Starke (Ep 37.2)

February 18, 2020

Good communication is key for any relationship to grow and flourish. Today in our modern world, we have tools and technology that connect us with others more than any other time in human history, and yet people feel more alone and more isolated than ever. This is because connection doesn’t equal communication. So connection, although critical for relationships, is not enough. As Christians, we are connected to God through His Spirit. We are connected to God because God is faithful to remain by our side. But if we want to go deeper in our relationship with Him then we need to have open and clear communication with Him. Prayer is how we communicate with God. And as with any relationship, it helps to know what we are sitting down to do when we talk to our loving Father. So that’s why we start off this chapter talking to John about what prayer is and why we are doing it.

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Prayer is the Answer to a Busy Life - John Starke (Ep 37.1)

Prayer is the Answer to a Busy Life - John Starke (Ep 37.1)

February 17, 2020

We have an unconscious desire for something to be happening. In other words, we hate boredom. In fact, a 2014 study found that almost 50% of people would rather give themselves an electric shock than to be alone with their own thoughts for even 15 minutes. We want to be doing something to keep ourselves busy, even if that something is bad for us. In this first chapter of our conversation with John, he unpacks the ways prayer, silence, and solitude work together as an antidote to our busy lives. It's in stillness and prayer that our real selves and our problems rise to the surface, giving us the opportunity to let God transform us.

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Enduring After a Long Week of Work (Ep 36.5)

Enduring After a Long Week of Work (Ep 36.5)

February 14, 2020

Endurance isn't always fun. Cruising through life sounds so much better. But in reality, we find our lives come with seasons and rhythms. Sometimes we rest and sometimes we endure. It's important to take time when we can to rest. And those times we don't feel like we need to endure are just as much a part of training for endurance as any other part of a lifestyle of discipleship.

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Lessons on Endurance, Evangelism, and Discipleship - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.4)

Lessons on Endurance, Evangelism, and Discipleship - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.4)

February 13, 2020

In this chapter, we had the opportunity to ask Trillia some of our favorite questions about writing, how she approaches discipleship, and some of her favorite books. What we love about Trillia is that you can really tell her life's passion is all about discipleship and helping others run this race with endurance to the end.

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Building Endurance Through Habits and Routines - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.3)

Building Endurance Through Habits and Routines - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.3)

February 12, 2020

Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." When you practice a lifestyle of discipleship, at some point you will fail. In chapter 1 of this conversation, Trillia told a story about running a 400 meter relay and almost losing complete control of her legs. In those moments when enduring becomes seemingly impossible, the habits, routines, and community around you will help you get through the race. The habits you build now define your response when struggles come up either good or bad. And the people you surround yourself with will be the ones who either support you or abandon you. In this chapter, Trillia unpacks a few of the habits and routines she's practiced in learning to endure as well as the value of being part of a healthy community of believers.

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It Matters Why You Want to Endure - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.2)

It Matters Why You Want to Endure - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.2)

February 11, 2020

Have you ever thought about walking away from Christ? Why have you continued to follow him? What motivated you to endure in this race we call the Christian life? We may not always be aware of them, but motives play a crucial role in every decision we make. Outwardly, we may be serving God faithfully, but inwardly we are seeking praise and admiration from others in the church. The worst thing about this is that we can slip into it accidentally. We begin serving with proper motives, but the pressures of life and the allures of success can slowly taint our motives. When this happens, our ability to endure is diminished, and our actual effectiveness suffers. In this chapter Trillia helps us understand why our motives matter as we run this race with endurance in the everyday moments of life.

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Why Is It Hard to Endure? - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.1)

Why Is It Hard to Endure? - Trillia Newbell (Ep 36.1)

February 10, 2020

It's hard to imagine what endurance really feels like unless you've been through some struggle. In the Christian life, that struggle can come from your own sin, your own situation in life, or it can be the result of something done to you by someone else. One thing Jesus did promise us though was that we would have troubles, that the life of being his disciple would also be a life familiar with struggle. But at times we underestimate what it really means to endure those struggles. C. S. Lewis wrote, "Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later." While some of our struggles in a lifestyle of discipleship may come from sin, this principle still applies to the other struggles as well when it comes to endurance.

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Learning to Understand our Identity and Motives (Ep 35.5)

Learning to Understand our Identity and Motives (Ep 35.5)

February 7, 2020

At the end of it all, there's really only one thing that matters: Are you a child of God? If this is true, and you really grab hold of this, everything else in the lifestyle of discipleship will flow from this. Understanding your identity is vital, but it also allows you to plumb the depths of your soul to find out what you really love, to find what motivates you. This can be a daunting task and painful at times, but it's worth every moment. This week's conversation with Gem and Alan Fadling has been incredibly rich. So in this final chapter, Chris and Josh unpack some of the highlights for them.

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Two People Sharing a Transformational Journey - Gem & Alan Fadling (Ep 35.4)

Two People Sharing a Transformational Journey - Gem & Alan Fadling (Ep 35.4)

February 6, 2020

This week we’ve taken a deep dive into exploring our identities in Christ, our desires, and our deepest loves. But most of our conversation has focused on the individual journey. So in this chapter Josh and I wanted to ask how this journey of transformation has affected Gem and Alan’s marriage. Because living a lifestyle of discipleship is never lived in isolation. We were created to walk with others. For those who are married, our spouse becomes our primary partner in this journey. But if searching the depths of our souls is difficult for an individual, exploring with another person can complicate this process even more. There are miscommunications and misunderstandings. We often talk past each other and can become frustrated with the process. However, the reward for a shared journey far exceeds the struggle. Our partners become an invaluable source of encouragement and support as we face the trials of life together and endeavor to lift each other up as we pursue Christ.

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You Don’t Have the Power to Change - Gem & Alan Fadling (Ep 35.3)

You Don’t Have the Power to Change - Gem & Alan Fadling (Ep 35.3)

February 5, 2020

What's the lifestyle of discipleship really about? Is it something we have to do? Something we have to learn? Or is it simply something we get to participate in as we stay close to God in the everyday moments of life? We can get so caught up in trying to transform ourselves that we often forget Jesus is the one who began the work in our lives and will also be the one to transform us. If this is true, the lifestyle of discipleship really becomes a life of staying beside Jesus, especially when we mess up. This isn't a passive role though. It simply recognizes that we are not the ones with the power to transform. In this chapter, Gem and Alan unpack the secret to living a life of transformation. It's not about doing something. Instead, it's all about letting go of your attempts to fix things on your own and allowing God to be the one who does the transformation.

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