This Week’s SOUL TRAINING: “Silence”
(Oct 13-19)

“It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them… Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.” -​ Thomas Merton

Practicing the discipline of silence is thought to help us learn how to control our tongues, directly combating sins like gossip or lying. The challenge this week is to engage in silence.

Option 1: Going A Day Without Words
It is likely easier to do this on a weekend if you work throughout the week. Some helpful pointers.

  1. Give family and friends ample warning that you are thinking of doing this practice to give them context in case they cannot reach you.
  2. If you are asked to speak and it is beneficial to do so, then do.
  3. If you must communicate during your time of silence with a few people, leave a notepad and a pen in a place that is accessible.

Option 2: Going A Day Without Lying

Do your best not to lie to people for an entire day. If you do lie, try to correct it immediately on the spot. Most people will find your honesty refreshing and will not get angry or annoyed when you correct yourself.



Each week throughout the “Good and Beautiful Life” message series, we will be inviting you to engage in a different spiritual practice with God. These practices are intended to help you reflect on and to apply the truth from Sunday’s message (i.e. “Soul Training”). To help you remember these practices and to encourage you to be intentional to engage, each week we will post more information about that week’s practice here (in addition to a weekly email reminder). Our hope and prayer is that many in our church family will meet with Jesus in new and profound ways as we engage in these transformative soul training exercises together!

Let us know about your experience with this practice and how God met with you through it. We’d love to be able to tell encouraging stories like yours to our church family throughout this series! Email JeffDan or Kristyn to share your experience.
This sermon series and the spiritual practices that we will be inviting you to participate in are all based on a book called “The Good and Beautiful Life” by James Bryan Smith. You can purchase the book on Amazon here OR you can purchase a copy on Sundays for $20. We have a limited number available, so email Kristyn if you would like to reserve a copy.