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A Prayer Rule

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 "Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice" (Psalm 55:17 NKJV). A payer rule has been defined as “a set of prayers that is said every single day without fail.” The goal of such a rule is to bring disciplined focus to our pursuit of union with God. The structure is needed to keep us on track. A train is most free when it is confined to the tracks. Each person should, with help from a spiritual director or friend, come up with their own rule. Here I share my current rule, not that you should follow it, but so that you have an example of what such a thing is. My rule is to prayer three times a day, in the morning, at noon, and in the evening before bed. The noon time prayer is simply the Our Father, since I don't usually get a lunch break. The morning and evening prayer times are longer. My morning and evening prayers are taken directly from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer . I begin with a Psalm. Then there is a

The Word of God

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“When you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13). What does it mean to say that the Bible is the word of God? There are actually three ways to understand this. We will look at each. First, we can say that the Bible is the word of God. To understand this we must define two words. First, what does the word “word” mean? It can refer to either the actual words used, or it can refer to the message. That is, it can refer to the symbols use or the meaning conveyed by those symbols. The two are related, but they are not the same thing. The next word we must define is the word “of.” It can be used to indicate the source of something or the topic of discussion. So the word of God can mean either the word from God or the word about God. In the passage about the word of God means “the message about God” (HCSB). Now, clearly the Bible is “the message about God.” And this message was “given

What is the Ecclesia?

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"Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church" (1 Corinthians 14:12). Most Christian don’t know their own identity. They don’t know what the Ecclesia is. What would you answer if I asked you, “Where do you go to church?” The question would not be strange at all. You would answer that you go to such and such church at a particular address. To most people, a church is a building that one goes to on Sundays. Or Saturdays if you are a Seventh-day Adventist. The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia , which is brought over into English as Ecclesia. And it does not mean a building. As the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica explains, ecclesia means “gathering of those summoned.” Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says the word literally means “called out ones.” Ecclesia refers to an organism, not an organization. Ecclesia can refer to the local gathering of Christians or the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the ea

Looking Back

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And Jesus said unto him, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). You have said "yes." You have accepted the job offer. Now is not the time to doubt. Now is not the time to be "looking back." No job is perfect, and no job is really secure. Security is found only in God. Stop looking for it in the outside world. Doubts after decisions are devils trying to sabotage your new job, your new adventure. Put both hands to the plow and don't look back. It is too late to question, too late to second guess. Plow forward. Move ahead. It is good, sometimes, to close the book on a past chapter of your life. Indeed, we should be "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead" (Philippians 3:13).

Careful About One Thing Only

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“Be careful about one thing only,” says the Lord - “your relationship with Me,” - Oswald Chambers (cf. Matthew 6:25) Stop getting distracted by a hundred and one nonessential things. Stay focused Jay. The only thing that really matters is your relationship with God. It doesn’t matter whether the Bible is inerrant, what matters is that God is inerrant. Stop buying books. Seriously, stop! The only thing you should be buying is a good Bible and books on prayer and solitude. And then read them. Pray them. Focus on living the Way instead of studying the Way. You learn in the doing. Again, all questions should come back to how this affects my relationship with God. If it interferes with my prayer time, my solitude, or my spirituality, it should be avoided. This includes family and friends. God must be first. But family is second. Their relationship with God should be the priority here. Sacrifice for their good. Spend quality time with them, but not at the expense of your prayer life. Re

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