Jesse Middendorf is one hundred percent behind “Spiritual Formation”.

From Nazarene Northwest University website
General Assembly Spiritual Formation Retreat.

Dr. Jesse Middendorf, general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, recently expressed his support of this event, noting that “Spiritual formation is at the heart of our understanding of a Wesleyan-Holiness lifestyle. Our theology requires that we apply ourselves to growth both in understanding and in practice. I applaud the effort to provide this event for members of our global family in the Church of the Nazarene.”

link and source-http://www.nnu.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-theology-christian-ministries/general-assembly-spiritual-formation-retreat/

Northwest Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary are coming together to bring this retreat to the global family in the church of the Nazarene.

If you plan to be apart of this retreat, please “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

Bible gateway

Many Theologians, Bible Preachers and teachers may preach or teach many wonderful sounding doctrines, but we must not blindly accept what we are told. Scripture instructs us to check for ourselves. “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) or as the King James Version puts it, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” The Bereans were commended for searching the Scriptures, “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” ( Acts 17:11).

Quote: “My ground is the Bible, Yea, I am a Bible bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.”(John Wesley the Methodist, The Methodist Book Concern, 1903). The Bible is a treasure book of spiritual truth and knowledge. But one must study to show thyself approved unto God.

 

Is “Spiritual Formation”, at the heart of our understanding of a Wesleyan-Holiness lifestyle?

We have established that John Wesley believed the Bible.  If what we are being told is the truth the bible will prove all things to us.  All truth is given to us through the word of God.

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Let us examine

I am a bit puzzled; Alden Sproull of the Kairos Center for Spiritual Formation has been removed from the list of Leaders in the up coming General Assembly Spiritual Formation Retreat. If anyone knows more information as to why this has occurred, I would greatly appreciate the information. Mr. Sproull is no longer found at the above sites. I happen to have a copy from the Northwest Nazarene University home page before Mr. Alden Sproull was removed.

On my copy it states:

This retreat is being led by Dr. Jay Akkerman of NNU and Dr. Doug Hardy of NTS. Dr. Morris Weigelt, who taught at both institutions prior to his retirement, is also on the planning team for this event. Additional leadership is being provided by Dr. Mary Paul of Point Loma Nazarene University, Dr. Rhonda Carrim of NNU, and Dr Alden Sproull of the Kairos Center for Spiritual Formation.

At the Kairos site he has a link to “The Center for Contemplative mind in Society”. Another link on Dr. Alden Sproull’s site is “Sign Chi Do“.

Mr. Sproull is a Nazarene Chaplain out of Redlands Ca. He is involved in Pastoral Care at Redlands Community Hospital.

Colleen Mensching, staff writer at Redlands Daily wrote an article in “Redlands Daily Facts”. In the article Rev. Alden E. Sproull was named Nazarene Chaplain of the Year. Mr. Sproull has served at the hospital over 18 years, and was chosen from over 800 chaplains. There was a ceremony held in Meddifee in June 2005. Chaplain Dwight Jennings introduced Sproull at the award ceremony.

Alden Sproull in 2007 led in a spiritual retreat at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Below you can read about it, or go to the site:

NTS to hold Pre-M7 Conference Spiritual Formation Retreat

Kansas City–Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) will hold a Pre-M7 Conference Spiritual Formation Retreat, February 18-19, 2007.

The retreat is open to anyone desiring to deepen their spirituality. It will be a 24-hour directed retreat experience with opportunities for silence, solitude, prayer, and conversation. This formation event, to be held at the Sanctuary of Hope in Kansas City, Kansas, will begin Sunday afternoon, February 18 and will end Monday afternoon, February 19 just prior to the opening of the M7 Conference.

The event will be co-led by Doug Hardy, professor of Spiritual Formation and director of the doctor of ministry program at NTS, and by Alden Sproull, director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Chaplain at Redlands Community Hospital in Southern California. Both Hardy and Sproull are experienced spiritual directors and retreat leaders.

Check out the article at Preacher’s Magazine. Doug speaks on Lectio Divina.

Doug Hardy,

Find out what Naznet.com is saying

When we think of ourselves, we don’t think we can make a difference, But we can. I am a Mother, who knows that my lost son needs to be able to find truth in the corridors of the Church of the Nazarene or any church that claims this gospel message. In my small way, small, ity bity way, I come with my plea

It is so important to answer your questions and to get us motivated to realize and understand. So we know what we are fighting and what we can do. The Word of God is the armor of knowledge. I was shocked at the infiltration into our own Denomination. Why be shocked, when we as Christians are not even being taught any longer that there is an enemy, which comes to rob, steal, and kill.

I am blessed with the honor and privilege to give this information to whoever will read it, hear it and finally act upon it.

Every single one of us can make the difference for the sake of our lost loved ones and for that matter the lost world that needs to know that CHRIST JESUS came to seek and save that which was lost, for the ones who already claim the name of our LORD and SAVIOUR, which need disciplined through the words of the Bible, not the books of liberal theologians.

And I’m going to end on this note, so many times in the past 100 years people stood by and did nothing. This is the time we need to rise and defeat the viles of the devil, the evils that have come to our Nazarene Denomination to destroy the faith once given.

 

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”    Jude 1:3

My Brothers and Sisters it is the “Word of God”. Which our fore fathers did not question it to be the very word of God, not man’s word about God.

It is so important to know the facts.

My heart cries over what I see happening. If truth is what we seek the Bible tells us in John 16:13

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

I wanted to know the truth. Brothers and Sisters lets stand together. Please let’s help each other, allowing the Holy Spirit to be the teacher. All spiritual, divine, and supernatural truth is revealed in Scripture, to come to know and to rightly understand this truth in Scripture is our duty.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 1 Timothy, 2:15

To make this possible the Holy Spirit is promised to all of us who seek the knowledge. With the Holy Spirit assisting and guiding us, we can arrive at a true knowledge or a right understanding of the truth revealed in Scripture. Let us come together to this fountain. I love my brothers and Sisters, and that love is real in Jesus Christ, “WOW” what a SAVIOUR

God Bless

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