February 20, 2018
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Must Worship Print E-mail

Must worship in spirit and truthGod is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:24

Everyone worships something. Our spiritual nature is relational and our design is unique. As individuals we differentiate ourselves. Created in God’s image, we look outside of ourselves for something that gives meaning, purpose, and understanding to life.

Not everyone worships God. Our sinful nature tempts us to worship some of the most ludicrous substitutes, but they don’t bring us closer to meaning, purpose or understanding.

We are commanded (and well advised) to worship God, and Him alone.

Spiritual Direction Print E-mail
ImageThe very best description of Spiritual Direction that I have found comes from a book by David Hansen.  In this book he describes the role and attitude of a person that gives spiritual direction to another.  Following is an excerpt from The Art of Pastoring:
Do Not Lose Heart Print E-mail
Laura Wandoishima

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16

The apostle Paul articulates the dynamic tension of dangling on the thread of life between two worlds: the temporal and eternal. The temporal world is what we see and experience through our outer man. It is a world of groaning and decaying, influenced by the curse of sin. The eternal world is what we see by faith and experience through our inner man. It is a world of anticipation and renewal.

How are we to live and navigate between these two realms?

Paul describes the process of shifting our weight from one foot to the other, desiring each for different reasons. We see the transfer from our physical perspective in the passing of a child of God. Through faith we can see the same from a spiritual perspective.

Getting Transformation from History Print E-mail

Review Your History - Renew Your MindYou are what you believe, and your interpretation of past events is one of the most significant sources of those beliefs. Because we live in a sinful world, there are times when your interpretation has led you to believe something that is not true. These values and convictions can have a huge impact on your self identity. A review of your history can bring them to your attention, giving you an opportunity to renew your mind.

The process is not difficult, but the payoff is considerable. Take a walk down memory lane and let God heal you from the inside out.

Getting Direction from History Print E-mail
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works and consider what Your hands have done. - Psalm 143:5

One way to discover your life's purpose is to take a look at the patterns and experiences God has already engineered into you, through your past. There is much to be learned from an historical perspective. Experiences have equipped you for future opportunities. Decisions have reinforced your core values. Patterns have emerged in keeping with your core identity.

If you believe that God's hand has been in it, your history is a good indicator of your God-given reason for being. It is a place to start when you ask yourself: “Who am I, anyway?”

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