Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Purpose of Knowing

What is your goal in reading Scripture?

"To read the Scriptures in a manner that leads us to something other than greater enjoyment of God and embodied love in Jesus is to know without knowledge, to shine without illumination, and to stand at the door with no key"  ~ Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Setting Aside Time for Prayer and Devotion

"Since meditation on the Scriptures, prayer, and intercession are a service we owe and because the grace of God is found in this service, we should train ourselves to set apart a regular hour for it, as we do for every other service we perform.  This is not 'legalism'; is is orderliness and fidelity." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Distractions In Prayer

Sometimes it's hard to stay focused when we pray; stray thoughts intrude and our minds wander.  Perhaps those distractions are merely an opportunity to pray in another direction.

"When this happens it is often a help not to snatch back our thoughts convulsively, but quite calmly to incorporate into our prayer the people and the events to which our thoughts keep straying and thus in all patience return to the starting point of the meditation."  ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What Did You Say?

Controlling our words, responses and reactions is one of life's greatest challenges!  But if we learn to daily submit ourselves to listen to God's Word, we will find that we're better able to manage what comes out of our mouths.

"If we have learned to be silent before the Word, we shall also learn to manage our silence and our speech during the day."  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Heralds of Good News

"O that we would so love the gospel and have so much compassion for lost people that tribulation and distress and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword and terrorist would turn us not into fearful complainers, but bold heralds of good news."  ~ John Piper, Finally Alive

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Walking In the Light

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

". . . John is at pains to say that 'walking in the light' does not mean walking flawlessly.  It means that, when you stumble, the light of Christ causes you to see your stumbling as sin and hate it and confess it and receive forgiveness and move forward with Christ."  ~ John Piper, Finally Alive

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

No Other Gospel

"You were born again through the living and abiding word of God.  This word is the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and risen.  Don't fall prey to another gospel.  There is no other gospel, and there is no other path to God . . . than hearing, understanding, and believing the scandalous news of Jesus Christ in the gospel." ~ John Piper, Finally Alive