This week’s 60 Second Sermon is up and JediPastorKen asks the simple question: Who’s Got Your Back? Anyone? And for that matter, who are YOU standing with? Hmmm…. Remember, “birds of a feather flock together!”Check Proverbs 27:17 and John 15:12-13 on…
Learn a simple way to meditate with this One Minute Meditation on Psalm 78. Take a minute for yourself today…really, just 60 seconds to reflect and then move forward toward a more meaningful life! Psalm 78 encourages you to pass on the story of…
Stop believing the narrative. God doesn’t care about young people. God cares about all people. pixabay.comI was a youth pastor for nearly a decade. I love hanging out with children’s ministries and youth ministries. I love being…
We are a generation of doers. Doing things ranks high on our list. Now, those things don’t have to be actually productive, in fact, it may well be our doing has little to show for it. There are easy targets to pick on, such as Netflix…
I will never forget the tone of voice of my parents when they called out to me. It was easy to tell the difference between concern, love, and frustration. The latter usually included the use of my entire name with extra syllables added! &nb…
Recalculating: Walk Away from Negative Thinking with the Course-Correcting Power of Words, is an excellent book with practical application for learning to renew your mind. Negative thinking causes a great deal of anxiety in our lives and we need the co…
Do you remember the old saying that goes, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink?” Yeah, not sure how far back it goes but its application fits in a lot of different environments and situations. I’ve not ever owned a ho…
In her book, “Real Power,” Janet Hagberg talks about how our human understanding of power goes through stages. At stage three in the process, we come to understand power through symbols. Those symbols can be in the form of titles, cars, homes, size of your corporation, where your office might be located, any number of things can determine what you determine to be power.
But…that is ONLY stage three. In Hagberg’s study of power, there are SIX stages, not THREE. Yet, in our world, stage three appears to us as the top. There has been an avalanche of articles about Hugh Hefner following his death, and he, among many others through history to the present, can be seen to have achieved this understanding of power…and gotten stuck there (here is one of the more thoughtful editorials I have found).
Thankfully, there are other voices who managed to achieve enough of this power to recognize it needs only be one more step on the road to something far more valuable, a power worth more than things. There is more to seek in this life than notoriety and celebrity and fleeting positions of power. When we achieve these most sought-after positions of power, they are only temporary for eventually, someone is going to replace you. Someone new will be elected, a new revolution will occur or the mantle will be passed by retirement or appointment.
We don’t know what we don’t know because we fail too often to listen to those who know what we do not. I find that my journey through the valley of suck, this road which grief has led me upon, is not a road that is unknown. It is a path neglected and ignored but there is deep wisdom here, and a place of purging and correction and redirection. And it is here, I think C.S. Lewis pointed when he referred to the “deep magic” in The Chronicles of Narnia. For suffering is the way of The Christ, the way of Immanuel (Isaiah 53). I find there are few guides in our age who seem to know this path and if you can find them, they are rarely in the spotlight.
I remember once asking a question of a teacher, “who are you reading and listening to for your growth?” It seems all the more pressing as I journey on. Just who is guiding our guides? Who is teaching our teachers? We may not know what we don’t know but we can surely ask better questions and seek better guides.
May I Ask: What are the better questions you are asking? Who are the better guides you are finding?
Too soon?It is just the end of September, it is not the time for giving thanks yet, is it? I mean, we have a day for this after all right? I’ll be the first to admit it, I am a little miffed about some things in my life. I know, …
Okay, there is a lot of talk about meditation. We see it on TV and Movies (the Jedi are always doing it!). It is in the magazines we read. BUT for some of us it is so confusing because preachers online and in their pulpits tell us NOT to follow in the ways of meditation like in Eastern religions but then the BIBLE says over and over again to MEDITATE!!! AHHHH! What do you do?
The Bible says to meditate and so we should but the Bible has something a little different in mind because the focus of the Christian faith is to be in a life-changing relationship with God. We were made for a relationship with the Divine and Jesus Christ came so we could make the connection with God we could not do on our own.
So Christian meditation on the Bible helps us listen to the Spirit of God so we can know God. This is like the other side of prayer, not where we talk BUT where we begin to listen. So lets stay on target with the first step:
FIND A GOOD SPOT
HAVE A BIBLE, AND PAPER AND PEN
PSALMS – THE CENTER OF THE BOOK
What I hope you’ll learn though is that just about ALL the human emotions you could have toward God are in the pages of Psalms. From celebrations to catastrophes, form hope to despair, joy to anger, it is all in there.
READ SMALL SECTIONS (like 1-6 verses)
Why? Because the point here is to listen for God…to know God…to experience God. God is not giving out gold stars for reading all of the Book of Psalms. God wants to know you and meditation on the Bible, I have found small sections like 1-6 verses in plenty. Sometimes longer is just fine but let this be kind of a guideline.
HOW do I LIVE this? An authentic faith doesn’t stay in sanctuaries, synagogues or solitude. You can’t love your neighbor if you don’t go to your neighbor. You can’t love your enemy if you don’t see your enemy. You can’t love your loved ones either! The lessons of meditation are meant to be lived in real time and in the real world.
There you have 5 simple steps to do Christian Meditation on Bible Verses plus the bonus, which, if made part of the habit, will move the lessons of God’s Spirit from the head and heart to our hands and feet where you can change your world.