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Corrie Ten Boom shares how she experienced the reality of God’s love standing when all else had fallen, the powerful change that comes when God pours the “ocean of his love” into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), and how the “highest potential of God’s love is available for the trivial things of…

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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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by Ruth Haley Barton I remember the first time I noticed that some people arrange their lives to see sunsets.  It was summertime in the Gulf of Florida when the days were hot and the nights were balmy.  During the day, crowds of people were lying in the sun and playing noisily on the beach,…

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