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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Spirituality: Spiritual Tonics or Spiritual Biblical Discipline

SPIRITUAL TONICS by ~Abraham Feinberg
  • 1.  Stop worrying. Worry kills life.
  • 2.  Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul.
  • 3.  Control appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind.
  • 4.  Accept your limitations. All of us can’t be great.
  • 5. Don’t envy. It wastes time and energy.
  • 6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
  • 7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
  • 8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your view.
  • 9. Spend some time alone, for the peace of solitude and silence.
  • 10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.


Some people want to have the Christian spiritual life without Christ or the belief in the God of the Bible. Some people want the spirituality without the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Some people who don't want to believe in God, still don't want to go to Hell. Many people want to be known as a good person, but don't want revealed their inward soul and thoughts.  
Many people and some Christians want to have a spiritual experience, and be really happy about life, so they want to try other methods of meditation and adopt other forms of spiritual activities other than Biblical discipline.
Many American Christians think they have discovered the answer to a Oporh spirituality is found in Buddhism, or Yoga, or Zen.  

Far too many Christians (?) are too lazy to do daily Bible Reading, or even listen to a 13 minute video sermon to strength their spiritual life.
Most people have a weekend spiritual experience where they take in one hour of spiritual music and high sounding preaching. But too lazy during the week even to review the outline and notes from the sermon.
Many people want to have a high doze of spiritual energy  like they take the five hour doze energy drink in less then 1 minute it take to drink it.

Spiritual discipline is required to develop spiritual strength. Just picking out the pieces of different religious  and philosophies cannot be helpful but harmful.

Spiritual junk food  tells us happiness can be had without sacrifice.

Can I say that spiritual growth biblically promises joy but it comes with much prayer and study and discipline.

Can I say if all you do is sit in a pew at a local church on a weekend and never do more than that, you will never experience spirituality of Christ