Emotionally Healthy Pathway 5

By “Discovering the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath” we take another pathway to growing in our emotional and spiritual maturity.

Here are a just a few of the free online resources available for you to use to practice the Daily Office/Divine Hours:
Morning Prayer
Pray the Hours (choose your time zone to get the prayers for that hour)
Common Prayer (choose from the side menu which set of prayers you want to offer)

This discipline is meant to help you slow down throughout the day and take the time to commune with God. Read a little more about it.

Look forward to more on the Sabbath in a month or so!

Pathway 1 to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

The first pathway of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (as laid out by Pete Scazzero) is Know Yourself that You May Know God. We started the conversation on Sunday by Current Sermon Series again to the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Here are some things to help you keep up the good work!

Consider the dangerous messages about feelings and emotions our culture has given us– especially for men and young boys. Is there a more God-honouring way?

Use this exercise to help you think through whether an idea is the truth about who you are, or a lie that is trying to bind you into a life and identity that doesn’t belong to you.

And here’s a meaningful prayer exercise you can use to help you think through your inner thoughts and daily activities in order to know yourself and God better.


Sunday follow up

On Sunday, we thought about the immense ability of God to understand everything about us and our situations– including our suffering; we spent time with Psalm 139 in particular, and took hope from Romans 8. Due to technical difficulties, there is no recording of the message.

For us, our reflection on the Scriptures raised questions about an awful modern event: the martyrdom of 21 Christian brothers in Libya by ISIS militants.

As we continue to reflect on such things, here are two pieces from the same blog, The Twelve to get you thinking: “The Pastor’s Quandary” about praying and teaching about enemies, forgiveness, and justice. And “Outrage over ISIS: Five Appropriate Christian Responses.”

“Seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

One of the ways that we seek the things that are above is to remember that we are united with Christ in his ascension to heaven. Because Jesus continuously intercedes for us, we are welcome in the throne room of God. Listen to last Sunday’s message on our current series page as we continue to be shaped by Colossians 3.1-17.

How do we get to the throne room right now? Through prayer.

Jesus did it as a crucial part of his rhythm of life.

When we don’t know what to pray, Scripture gives us the words, and even sitting in silence has transformative power.

And prayer has the ability to show us God’s goodness in the here and now, even in the smallest of ways. Read more in “That Time Prayer Actually Worked.”

Praying for the World: Israel & Palestine

As Christians, we are the children of Abraham, called by God to be a blessing to all the nations of the world. (Genesis 12) One of the ways that we fulfill this call is through prayer and action. Sometimes, it’s easy to know what to pray, other times, the political-historical-economic-cultural climates of a situation makes it more difficult. The conflict between Israel and Palestine seems to be one of those more difficult situations.

Blood-BrothersToday, we’re sharing some links to help you know what and how to pray.

A good place to start is to understand the recent history of the region. It’s as simple as reading the Wikipedia page on Israel. Or, read a book, such as Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour.

The Office of Social Justice of the CRC has a page devoted to links with information and organizations on their Middle East page.

As you pray, consider joining the Hope Equals initiative.

New on the bookshelf

ImageHaving just returned from a study trip to the Middle East, our Pastor is really inspired to keep in touch with the historical and cultural context of Scripture. So added to the bookshelf this week is a book that focuses on God’s Word, seeking to understand Jesus more fully: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.

This book is easy to read (it’s not meant for academics and students, but for everyone who follows after Christ). It has the potential to inspire you to explore of the biblical narrative, cultural context, and wonder what God was/is up to, and it includes a sampling of prayers that Jesus himself would have prayed, affording Christians to the opportunities to use them as well.