Category Archives: Practical Disciplines

Notes on the Communion Maintenance message, mostly related to Dallas Willard

There is a great website packed full of resources from and about Dallas Willard. Many of his articles are freely downloadable from this site. There are descriptions of and links to purchase his books and other materials that are not … Continue reading

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About “Breath Prayers”

Have you ever heard of breath prayers”? They have a long history. You may recall a series a couple of years ago in which I mentioned the “Jesus Prayer”. Anyway, Sarah Bessey recently published some breath prayers with brief instruction … Continue reading

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Quaker Meetings in John Woolman’s Time

While perusing John Woolman, American Quaker, a biography of John Woolman by Janet Whitney published in 1942 that Fred Newkirk asked me to order for him, I ran across a description of what Quaker meeting for worship was in those … Continue reading

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Using a form of Lectio Divina for personal meditation

This is a very brief “cheat sheet” on using lectio divina in times of personal solitude with God. Summary Be alone. Prepare your heart and mind. Then: Read – Out loud? Repeat. Reflect – Think it over. What stands out? … Continue reading

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Staying at the Bottom and the Edges

[Jesus] demands of his first followers a living witness to a simple life on the edge, because once you are at the visible center, once you are on the top, you have too much to prove and too much to … Continue reading

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Proclamation

Proclamation is a way of saying what God has done and will be doing, and what it means to you and the community of which you are a part. It included three components. 1. It starts our personal, then moves … Continue reading

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Waiting Worship Instructions

Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10 Waiting worship begins in silence. Each worshipper comes to meet with God. As soon as the first person arrives it is time to be quiet. As you arrive, enter quietly … Continue reading

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Personal Spiritual Retreat

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living … Continue reading

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A Discernment Process

Discernment – The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. – The Free Online Dictionary We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a way of reading scripture that allows contemplation, listening to the Holy Spirit, and even communion with God in order to more deeply appreciate and integrate scripture into one’s thinking and being. One may receive peace, guidance, … Continue reading

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