Spiritual Journey 2018 Day 3

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As I prepare my heart for what lies ahead I am learning that silence is a powerful ally in the war for my spirit. Our world is to fast and loud and the Holy Spirit is calling me away from it to just sit at His feet and listen.

Here are some of the things I am hearing and meditating on today.

There is a sense as we humans go into prayer that the momentary is lost…falling victim to the eternal. We, who are so caught up in time, struggle hard with the loss of the momentary and in so doing we sometimes give up on prayer before it can establish its eternal ends.” J. Lillie

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The terrible threat against life is not death, nor pain, nor any variation on the disasters that we so obsessively try to protect ourselves against with our social systems and personal stratagems. The terrible threat is that we might die earlier than we really do die, before death has become a natural necessity. The real horror lies in just such a premature  death, a death after which we go on living for many years.” Viteslav Gardavsky

 

Morning Direction From Scripture 1-13-18

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Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals[e];
    let Ethiopia[f] bring tribute to God.
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth.
    Sing praises to the Lord. Interlude
33 Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens,
    his mighty voice thundering from the sky.
34 Tell everyone about God’s power.
    His majesty shines down on Israel;
    his strength is mighty in the heavens.
35 God is awesome in his sanctuary.
    The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God! Psalm 68:31-35

What are you going to do to intentionally praise God today?

Spiritual Journey 2018 Day 2

This day began with a rehearsal of where I have been in my spiritual journey up to this point and with a meditation on some of the  influences that have contributed to my spiritual formation. This rehearsal was not done in the privacy of my own prayer closet. It took place as a conversation over a meal.

It is interesting to me that this year’s spiritual trek is being done as much in community as it is being done in personal reflection. I have been practicing the disciplines of confession and guidance as much as I have practiced the disciplines of prayer, fasting and study. That’s new. That’s a change. That’s uncomfortable. That’s good.

The future…I think… is going to include a challenge to deeper transparency and connection that I have ever practiced before. I think this deeper level involves more than just me. It is a corporate thing for the whole church. That means the future is going to require more vulnerability and trust than I have ever practiced before. It’s honestly a little scary and then a little exciting.

WHAT DOES THE WORD TRANSPARENCY DO TO YOUR INSIDES?

Here is what I have been listening to in my opening prayer time.

I guess it helps me to know that Jesus knows all our stuff anyway and He still offers us an open invitation to intimacy.

 

 

 

 

WPC: Weathered

This week the WPC has asked us to display THINGS THAT ARE WEATHERED

Here are my thoughts on the subject:

 

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Now here are some other weathered items.

Morning Direction from Scripture 1-12-18

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Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals[e];
    let Ethiopia[f] bring tribute to God.
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth.
    Sing praises to the Lord. Interlude
33 Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens,
    his mighty voice thundering from the sky.
34 Tell everyone about God’s power.
    His majesty shines down on Israel;
    his strength is mighty in the heavens.
35 God is awesome in his sanctuary.
    The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God! Psalm 68:31-35

What is the difference between power and strength?

Spiritual Journey 2018 Day 1

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Our congregation has embarked on a 21 day corporate spiritual journey of seeking the Lord for the coming year using the ancient disciplines of the church.

Our pastor has asked us to begin to seek God for a greater excellence, a leaving behind of mediocrity and luke-warmness. Already I have been challenged in many areas of my life.

I have chosen as my study, in addition to the Bible, Eugene Peterson’s book RUN WITH THE HORSES.

Here is the day one quotation I am dwelling on.

The more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more consumers are disappointed. The gospel is not a consumer product; it doesn’t satisfy what we think of as our “needs”. …life… is not  an American ‘pursuit of happiness’. It is more like God’s pursuit… (of us)”  Eugene Peterson itallics mine