I have begun a new book called With by Skye Jethani and it is refreshing to my soul. I will have more to post along the way, but I wanted to note this deep challenge in my life. I have lived my life in a couple of different ways:
“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 GodContinue reading “Worship is preceded by study”
“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 aContinue reading “Why we carefully study the Word in the power of the Spirit”
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 justiceContinue reading “Our prayers are precious to God”
"Worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience." #RichardFoster — Renovaré (@renovareusa) August 13, 2015 I consider the success of my day based on the seeds I sow, not the harvest I reap. —Robert Louis Stevenson — Renovaré (@renovareusa) August 13, 2015
This transforming work does not happen all at once and not completely perhaps. But it does happen.
Today, my prayer (from Dag Hammarskjold, printed in Richard Foster’s book, Sanctuary of the Soul): Give me a pure heart — that I may see Thee, A humble heart — that I may hear Thee, A heart of love — that I may serve Thee, A heart of faith — that I may abide in Thee.
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 suchContinue reading “The no flash, no glitz world we can’t stand”
I am in a reading group with Renovare online and we are currently working our way through a book on spiritual disciplines by Nathan Foster, son of Richard Foster. Nathan is much more raw in his struggle with spiritual discipline. What Richard Foster wrote on always sounded like a glide into tranquility. I knew itContinue reading “Free me from the tyranny of STUFF”
I am Pentecostal. We live for the experience. When I see things advertised on Facebook for some Pentecostal service, youth service, etc., the hype words are always there. EPIC! UBER EPIC! CUTTING EDGE! DON’T MISS THIS ONE! (or the next one… or the next one…) I am soaking in Richard Foster’s little book, Sanctuary ofContinue reading “Getting past the “high” and moving into the routine of his presence”