Ancient words ever true Changing me, and changing you. We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart. –Michael W. Smith Reflect & Practice: Spend 10 minutes each day this week reading from a different book in the Bible. With each reading ask yourself: Are these words poetry or prose? Are they directions from a manual or symbols from a metaphor? Are they literal or figurative? How does your answer to these questions affect the meaning of the passage? Reflect: It’s easy to say the Bible is God’s Word.......
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1-2, NRSV Reflect: What does salvation mean to you? Is it something about this life, the afterlife, or both? How might salvation be a process that is happening within your life everyday? Reflect: Have you experienced Christians who use fear tactics in evangelism? Reflect on some of those experiences. How did/does fear of not being saved affect you? Can relationships based on fear be truly authentic? What is a healthy......
For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 (NRSV) Reflect: Is your faith more than belief? How is your faith rooted in a relationship? What practical steps can deepen your relationship with God through Christ (which in turn deepens your faith)? Reflect: Scientists are beginning to see how “the line between the physical and the spiritual may not be a line at all.” How has the physical world led to the spiritual (or......
Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” -Genesis 28:16 What do you want in life? Really deep down? What is your deepest longing? Your purest purpose? What is that inescapable drive within you? What is at the center of your heart and mind and soul? Read Genesis 28:10-17 again. This is a story about waking up. Waking up to purpose, and joy, and meaning and calling. Waking up to more, to the more that is all around us, all the time.......