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Publishers Weekly Review
I##039;m very thankful for this splendid review from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY! Brazzeal has written a cookbook for prayer—literally. After a first section that likens learning to pray to learning to cook and also notes the importance of food in the Bible, the author, who lives in Paris, divides the book into sections. Instead of soups, salads, sides, main courses, and desserts, these sections cover different types of prayer, such as thanksgiving, confessing, and asking, complete with “recipes.” Thus “praising” prayers, which are likened to hors d’oeuvre, contain “recipes” that call for praying by writing down all the verbs in Psalm 147 or by creating a physical movement that opens you to God.
Easter Decorations Retrospective
Reblogged from: Jerusalem Greer
April 2 Echoes of Eternity
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God.
Begin and end the day with Me, My child. Let the hours between be a walking together in love. Remember that you are My servant, and you are responsible to spend the hours in My service. Your life is not your own. You have been bought with a great price. Do not take it back to yourself, for that is robbery. Learn what it means to be a purchased possession—a ransomed soul. Live out your freedom in the light of who I am and who you are. Begin and end the day with Me, My child, and let all the hours between be a walking together in love.
Special Meditation for Good Friday – Click here to listen to the Passion Narrative.
The Passion Narrative
The Passion Narrative – The Passion Narrative according to the Gospel of John – A Good Friday tradition This week Christians around the world relive the final days of Christ##039;s life on earth. …
A terrific review on ##039;Lectio Divina: From God##039;s Word to Our Lives##039;.
#quot;Reading the Bible involves listening as well for the Bible is dialogical and relational. We listen to God and sense God listening to us. Obedience is listening in faith. Listening in faith means learning to move from letter to spirit, to let the Spirit guide our understanding of the ancient texts to the practice of modern living.#quot;—Dr. Conrade Yap
Panorama of a Book Saint
God is God http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4608086
God is God | The Community of Jesus
By Melodious Monk God is God …should we forget our Savior##039;s praise, the stones them-selves would sing! As we finished the final stanza of James Montgomery##039;s hymn on Sunday, I turned to the person next to me to point out the humor and multiplicity of meanings to this last line. I was chuckling at the literal picture of a singing stone, and two other aspects as well: firstly, how it puts us in our place; and secondly, how it shows the bottomless depth##039;s of God##039;s love for us. [ 209 more words. ]
By Melodious Monk
God is God
…should we forget our Savior’s praise, the stones them-selves would sing!
As we finished the final stanza of James Montgomery’s hymn on Sunday, I turned to the person next to me to point out the humor and multiplicity of meanings to this last line. I was chuckling at the literal picture of a singing stone, and two other aspects as well: firstly, how it puts us in our place; and secondly, how it shows the bottomless depth’s of God’s love for us. Let me explain.
How quickly I forget that God is God. God loves us — but he doesn’t need us. I’m reminded of a conversation I had earlier this week were I was discussing how disappointed I feel with myself when I so often turn bitter and angry in certain situations. I fall again and again into the same trap of accusation and self-pity. It feels pathetic, and I assume God surely feels the same way about me. Or does he? A wise friend suggested to me that since God continually seems to be calling each of us to move on with him, maybe He doesn’t care about my failings the same way I do.
Which brings me back to the stones. Why does God even bother to care for us? After all, he has the stones, or the ability to just create someone else who would be better at praising him! But God hasn’t given up on me, even though I give up on myself all the time – and I don’t know why, I just know he hasn’t. God calls us to life. The remembrances of Holy Week, especially, remind us of how much God wants each of us to live our lives to their fullest potential.
Holy Spirit, Truth divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light,
Wake my spirit, clear my sight.
Holy Spirit, Love divine,
Glow within this heart of mine;
Kindle every high desire;
Perish self in Thy pure fire.
—Samuel Longfellow, 1819-1892