Christian-Meditation
14 Mar 2016

FIRST: Christian Meditation

“To be full of things is to be empty of God; To be empty of things is to be full of God.” -Meister Eckhart I’ve recently heard it said that

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God-Becomes-Small
10 Mar 2016

When God Becomes Small – By Phil Needham

“We wake up one morning, restless about where we are in life, dissatisfied with ourselves. . .” Author Phil Needham in his book, When God Becomes Small, captures the reader’s

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Examen
07 Mar 2016

FIRST: The Prayer of Examen

As I entered into the world of spiritual formation I was introduced to a number of different ways to pray. One form of prayer that really resonated with me was

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Daily-Office
29 Feb 2016

FIRST: Daily Office

A number of years ago, I attended a course in Ignatian spirituality with a friend, not quite knowing what it was all about. There were many terms and rituals that

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Spiritual-Direction
22 Feb 2016

FIRST: Spiritual Direction

Just over seventy of us sat through a lecture-ish, presentation-ish, but still devotional-ish introduction to the discipline of Spiritual Direction. There are rules, sort of. This is what it is.

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Discursive-Meditation
15 Feb 2016

FIRST: Discursive Meditation

When you say meditation, I think of either someone sitting on the ground cross-legged, fingers pinched, ohm-ing or maybe someone is in a life group trying to find their “power

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Shepherd
11 Feb 2016

Out of the Ordinary

I came across this familiar phrase in my reading the other day…..out of the ordinary. My mind immediately went to the typical meanings like “exceptional, extraordinary and remarkable”. For some

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6-Resolutions
04 Feb 2016

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS  *On December 6, 1849, at age 20, William Booth, the cofounder of The Salvation Army, wrote a set of resolutions which he maintained throughout his

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Lectio-Divina
01 Feb 2016

FIRST: Lectio Divina

“Close your eyes, relax, be mindful of your breathing, listen as I read…” Yikes, what is this all about? Should I open my eyes and run? Should I sit here

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Wonder
28 Jan 2016

The Benefit of Wonder

“Our culture is awe-deprived,” says Paul Piff, Ph.D. “We spend more time looking down at our phones than up at the sky.”(Ways to Get More Awe in Your Life, Good

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Solitude-and-Silence
25 Jan 2016

FIRST: Solitude and Silence

Let me be blunt…..my first experience with the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence was uncomfortably eye opening for me. I was attending a spiritual retreat that incorporated the experience

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Songbook-Example
21 Jan 2016

Songbook Journaling

Would you like an idea for all the old Salvation Army Songbooks now cluttering up your shelves? Try Songbook Journaling.  This takes regular, everyday journaling to a whole new level. 

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