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by Gabe Bernal “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41, ESV) Have you ever heard of the term “holy elbows?” If you haven’t, I’m sure that you know the concept. You’re sitting in church, and the preacher says something that you want…

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by Sarah Bently “And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13. ESV) Go sit with her. What?! No. I have no logical reason to get up from my table, and go join a perfect stranger. ———–…

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by Gabe Bernal “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26, ESV) As part of the hour-long exercise we are allowed in England during our lockdown,…

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by Karen Huber “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life…

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“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”” (John 8:12, NAS95) When Christ reconciled me to God through His work on the cross, I thought I had repented, but I really hadn’t.…

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Meditation is a long, ardent gaze at God, his work and his Word. Slowing down and giving one’s undivided attention to God lies at the core of Christian meditation.5 Christian meditation has traditionally been focused on the Scriptures of the Old and New testaments, read personally and Christocentrically.6  (Ps. 1, 4:4, 19, 63:6, 77:6, 12, 119:11, 15,…

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Spiritual friends are soul friends. Their love for each other translates into a desire that the other settle for nothing less than becoming all that he or she was intended to be. This means that they care for each other as whole people, not simply as spiritual beings.So friends become spiritual friends when they seek to…

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Sabbath is a rhythm of rest in which we lay down our work and our worries to delight in God and celebrate His love. Sabbath has as its purpose rest, restoration, and renewal as expressed in the commands for Sabbath, Sabbatical year, and Jubilee (which is more explicit toward restoration). It is an opportunity to let God be…

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Wanting some help figuring out what to do for a half-multiple day personal retreat or time away with God? We’ve gathered a few books, guides and other resources in the hope of facilitating a renewing time interacting with God and enjoying His presence. Books: Invitation to Retreat by Ruth Haley Barton This book guides the…

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Also called meditative or devotional reading, this practice allows us to listen to what God is speaking to us personally through His word. Take your time going through these 6 steps: •Silencio/Silence — Before reading the passage, take 1-2 minutes to transition from what you were just doing to be present right now to God…

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