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Developing Your Spiritual Core - THE BASICS

Loving God—Part Two “We love because God first loved us.” 1 John 4: 19 Last week I offered the idea that God loves us deeply and in fact is the source of love. In response, we are to love God with every part of our being, with all our “heart, soul, strength and mind”. How do we even begin to love God so totally?... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - THE BASICS

THE BASICS: LOVE GOD, LOVE YOURSELF, LOVE OTHERS Loving God—Part One “We love because God first loved us.” I John 4: 19 The above title can be read two ways. One way is to consider the idea that God is a loving God, that God in fact loves us. The Bible says this in a number of different, indirect ways, but in... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - THE BASICS

THE BASICS: LOVE GOD, LOVE YOURSELF, LOVE OTHERS “Love God; love your neighbor as yourself.” These seven words are the basis of three major religions (in historical order) —Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These ideas, principles, commandments, make sense right away! However, we realize pretty quickly that... Read More

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“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13: 34 NRSV)   Looking for Easter! “I just got some terrible news....” The voice on the other end of the line is someone from our congregation, they sound troubled, even a bit frightened. In... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LENTEN REFLECTION 7

God: “You’re Not Listening!” In our Lenten Study group we’ve heard stories of faith both from the Bible and from our own lives, where we are reminded how things can go off the rails when we stop listening for God. It’s not that God has stopped speaking, it’s just that we pay closer attention to othervoices that... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LENTEN REFLECTION 6

Do Something—With Intention! For some of us, doing daily readings during Lent is an entirely new experience. How do we get the most out of this activity, we wondered? My first introduction to the word “intention” in the realm of a spiritual practice was when I was working as a prison chaplain. I was always at the... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LENTEN REFLECTION 5

God is Listening.  Are We? Recently in our Lenten discussion group, we kept returning to the idea that sometimes our prayers are answered in ways we did not expect, maybe didn't even recognize at the time. It reminded me of how, a number of years ago, sitting in a waiting room just before a counselling session... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LENTEN REFLECTION 4

Listen to Reconnect a Relationship The resource for this year’s conversations during Lent, “I Am Listening—Daily Devotions for Lent” edited by Betty Lynn Schwab, continues to inspire and challenge. One of the themes emerging from our discussions is connection. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve written about how... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LENTEN REFLECTION 3

Re-learning to Listen“I Am Listening—Daily Devotions for Lent” by Betty Schwab Each week, as we discuss one another’s reflections, we continue to develop our listening skills. The first week, we had talked about Samuel learning for the first time about how to listen to God. As a young person, this skill is... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LENTEN REFLECTION 2

This year, as our Lenten study, we are working with a book “I am Listening—Daily Devotions for Lent”. The first part of this title “I am listening” is a direct quote from the Old Testament Book of Samuel. One night while tending to his duties, Samuel, not yet a teenager, hears a voice calling his name. Believing... Read More