Only advocating for a “Quiet Time” limits our understanding of how God wants to form and shape us towards Christ-likeness.
Many of us know that having some sort of consistent devotional life is vital to experiencing Jesus promise of abundant life. But outside of generic exhortations to read/study the Bible and to pray, we don’t have a lot of information to go on about how to actually do it.
Get 2021 started off strong with my first-ever Sabbath Challenge!
There’s no way around it. If you want to observe a Sabbath and reap all its associated benefits, you’re going to have to plan for it.
Do we realize that our manner of life as Christians has implied that only about 3.5 hours (1 hour for worship services, 1 hour for small groups, about an hour and a half for personal spiritual disciplines) of our 168 hours in a week really matter towards our pursuit of Christ?
An honest appraisal of our setting is necessary for us to move to Thanksgiving. Biblically speaking, this is called lament.
Outside of regular Bible reading/study and prayer, observing a Sabbath is the most transformational discipline you can undertake. But our associations of a Sabbath are mostly negative.
An inter-generational, multi-cultural group of people radically committed to life together, consensus building, the common good, and loving disagreement (like the church is meant to be) could be an overwhelming force for good during this season.
Corporate worship is good, but if your theology limits the use of musical worship to corporate gatherings then, like mine was, your theology of worship is limited.
Our friendship with this couple made me re-consider my whole concept of joy. Joy wasn’t acting happy even when things were difficult. Joy wasn’t the product of forced effort in spite of authentic feelings. There was something else to it.