Worship is preceded by study

“In worship we reflect on all that God is and does and offer our praise and gratitude. To worship is to, as much as is possible, see God in full glory and worthiness. That is why so often worship is preceded by study. We seek to understand who God is and remember all that God has done, and then all we can do is marvel and adore. We can only enter into worship of God if we view God as worthy, if we understand our proper place in our relationship with God.”

Excerpt From

Year with God

Richard J. Foster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/year-with-god/id1082411955?mt=11

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Why we carefully study the Word in the power of the Spirit

“If we want to receive from the Bible the life ‘with God’ that is portrayed in the Bible, we must be prepared to have our dearest and most fundamental assumptions about ourselves and our associations called into question. We must read humbly and in a constant attitude of repentance. Only in this way can we gain a thorough and practical grasp of the spiritual riches God has made available to all humanity.” — Richard Foster Continue reading “Why we carefully study the Word in the power of the Spirit”

Our prayers are precious to God

I had to share this passage:

“OUR PRAYERS ARE honored beyond anything we imagine here on earth. They break through the time barrier to join the eternal worship. Angels bring them before God with reverence and tenderness. The prayers of the faithful are placed upon the altar. At long last those noiseless cries for justice are about to be answered.

Try to enter your time of prayer today with a feeling of gratitude and assurance that your prayers and petitions are heard, that they matter, even if you do not receive the results or answers you want.”

Excerpt From

Year with God

Richard J. Foster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/year-with-god/id1082411955?mt=11

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The simple work of transformation

Meditative prayer is a wonderful tool to utilize in our walk with the Lord. I highly recommend Richard Foster’s little book, Sanctuary of the Soul, as a guide.

He finishes his teaching with this:

This transforming work does not happen all at once and not completely perhaps. But it does happen. The old games of manipulation and control begin losing their appeal to us. Guile becomes less and less a pattern of our daily life. A new compassion rises up within us for the bruised and broken and the dispossessed… We are becoming friends with Jesus (Jn. 15:14).

This is a work I am very weak in with my own prayer life. But the Lord favors me with beautiful moments. This last Sunday I didn’t have to preach and so as I worshiped with my parents at their church, the Lord spoke so clearly to me about ministry that is ahead. I was able to catch a moment to hear, to listen, to be transformed. Those are wonderful moments of grace I cherish so deeply.

Transformation is a slow process. Walk in it.

The no flash, no glitz world we can’t stand

It’s serving. It is the discipline of service.

We want to serve… as long as we get our selfie in and posted somewhere in the social media world.

Richard Foster gives me this harsh reminder:

There is no flash, no glitz, no titanic anything. Today’s celebrity culture, captive to its pretentious egoism, simply finds such realities hard to grasp.