Relationships, Spiritual Practices

Community

“Christian community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ. They engage in transparent relationships that cultivate, celebrate and make evident Christ’s love for all the world.” – Adele Calhoun (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook) Here are some suggestions for practicing community this week: Plan to host a… Read More Community

Spiritual Practices

Sabbath

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods.” – Walter Brueggemann (Sabbath as Resistance) Sabbath is about… Read More Sabbath

Spiritual Practices

Fasting

Fasting is essentially giving something up for a period of time to create space for God. Fasting typically involves abstaining from food, but you could also practice fasting from other things that crowd out your time with God and awareness of his presence. TV/Netflix Social media Shopping Video games As with any spiritual disciplines, start… Read More Fasting

Spiritual Practices

Worship

Worship is about an encounter with God – our spirit communing with God’s spirit. It involves a choice, a decision to enter into the presence of God. Throughout the Bible (particularly in the Psalms), we see that encountering God in worship encompasses the whole person – our minds, our emotions, and our bodies.  As we… Read More Worship

Spiritual Practices

The Love of Advent

Scripture for this week: December 23      Zephaniah 3:14-20, Matthew 22:34-40, John 15:9-17 December 24      John 1:1-18, Luke 15:11-31, Philippians 2:1-11 December 25      Matthew 1:18-25, John 3:16-17, 1 John 4:9-19

Spiritual Practices

The Joy of Advent

Scripture for this week: December 16      Psalm 47, Hebrews 12:1-3, James 1:2-5 December 17      Psalm 16, Luke 2:15-20, Romans 15:5-13 December 18      Psalm 92, Matthew 2:1-12 December 19      Psalm 126, John 16:17-24, Hebrews 1:5-9 December 20      Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 4, 1 Peter 1:3-9 December 21      Isaiah 9:2-6, Psalm 72, John 3:22-35 December 22      Isaiah 61,… Read More The Joy of Advent