This Lent, Consider God’s Creation

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by Alexei LaushkinThe disciplines of Lent are meant to shake us up from our regular routine and open up some space for God to work. Lent is a season of self-account and renewed depth.Lent reminds us that man does not live on bread alone, things alone, conveniences alone, wants alone, but on every word that comes from above. Lent is supposed to re-orient us towards God’s life giving ability, and away from the things that normally sustain us or give us comfort.When we rediscover the j … [Read more...]

Prayer, Our True Home

by Eugene PetersonTrembling is not, as outsiders so often think, being scared in the presence of God. It is something more like a holy playfulness, like faith frolicking. "Nature" is commonly viewed as a vast mathematical structure of cause and effect, the skies and oceans governed by rod-of-iron rules. Anyone who dares defy them is broken in pieces like a potter's vessel. According to the iron rod of gravity, for instance, my leg shatters when I fall out of a tree.  According to the iron … [Read more...]

Of Sacraments and Idols

by Eugene PetersonBut when we return to such natural settings in order to recover such feelings, what ordinarily happens is that we become more attentive to our feelings than to God. We have crossed a line. We are not praying but "using" nature to produce religious feelings. By engaging in the proper rituals and with a little of bit of luck we can manipulate nature for selfish benefit.This is the origin of the antiprayer called magic. Prayer is willingness practiced before God; magic is … [Read more...]

The Power of Walking in Jesus’ Prayer

By Dai Sup HanThe Apostle John recorded Jesus' prayer for all those who would follow in His name, "My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to … [Read more...]

Watermelon Prayers for the Kewat People

Watermelons by matneym from flickr creative commonsBy Lowell BlissSparrow by Mukumbura from flickr creative commonsI don't remember who first introduced me to this spiritual discipline, but for a few years now, I've found profit in tying a portion of my prayers to random items that I might see during the day. For example, whenever I see a sparrow I let fly a quick prayer for financial provision. (Matthew10:28-31 reminds me how a loving Father cares for little birds and little … [Read more...]


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