Journaling with God I don’t know if this is original to Ann Voskamp but that is where I first ran across this suggested outline for journaling your devotional time. Thanks Ann. (That’s Ann on the right.) It has proven helpful and simple and I want to recommend it here as an aid to hearing the … More Need a New Pattern for Your Daily Devotions?
Weekend Links Extremely busy week as we prepare for Holy Week and also made a trip to Bolingbrook to run in the New Song Christian Health Center (dba Bolingbrook Christian Health Center) 5k which underwrites much of the budget for the clinic. This ministry is now about 12 years old and serves between 700-800 patients … More Helping You to be in the World, Not Out of the World
Saturday Afternoon Musings C.S. Lewis writes about seeing “glory” or “an image of glory” in nature and its effect on us. We see beauty, we see majesty—and something happens in the deepest parts of our soul. Glory and longing, and love rise up in our souls. We see a majestic mountain view, or a forest … More Substituting Nature Religion for the Real God
Friday is for Heart Songs “The average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute; there are about 775,000 words in the Bible; therefore it takes less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.” ( Justin Taylor) Our church is reading the Bible through this year, with everyone using the … More Eat This Book and Change Your Life Forever
Tuesday is for Hearing the Word We have in C.S. Lewis’s words, “a prejudice against older books.” That is a problem. Too often we cut ourselves off from the greatness of brothers and sisters who finished well and can teach us much. Here’s one of those voices from 164 years ago: (And perfectly in sync … More Everything We Believe in Submission to the Word of God
Friday is for Heart Songs Here’s a simple idea stimulated by an old friend from our days in California. During a typical month in these United States, we have various times when we are out in public, sitting, and waiting. the doctor’s office the dentist office the Jiffy Lube waiting room the car-dealer’s service waiting … More Using “Wait Time” for the Gospel Good of Our Neighbors
Tuesday is for Preaching The New Year is a good time to begin new plans for systematic reading of the Scripture. In the past I have written about the 5-5-5 plan recommended by one of my spiritual mentors, Dr. Bill Iverson). Aside: Bill is now 83 and is planting yet another new church! (Read about … More How to Find Wonders in the Word of God
Listening to the word of God read. Reading it out loud yourself. Finding the rhythm of a story is sometimes more a matter of hearing than it is analyzing. The Bible was written to be heard. Jesus’ teaching has an oral/auditory dynamic that simply, … well …, must be heard. I heard things in the … More When Do Preachers Listen to the Word of God?