Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 180-183

March 18, 2015Pastor's Blog

“‘I – Thou’ relationships … I recognize that I am made in the image of God and so is every other person on the face of the earth. This makes them a ‘Thou’ to me.” (pg. 181)   The basis for ‘I – Thou’ relationships comes straight from scripture: “So God created mankind in His … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 177-180

March 17, 2015Pastor's Blog

“As emotionally mature Christians adults, we recognize that loving well is the essence of true spirituality. This requires that we experience connections with God, with ourselves, and with other people. God invites us to practice his presence in our daily lives. At the same time, He invites us “to practice the presence of people,” within … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 175-177

March 16, 2015Pastor's Blog

Loving well is the goal of the Christian life. This is easier in our dreams than in practice. It requires that we grow into emotional adulthood in Christ, the rewards of which are rich beyond measure. Many people know the truths of the Bible relatively well. They can recite many of the Ten Commandments and … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 169-173

March 14, 2015Pastor's Blog

Genesis 1:31 We need to slow down so we can enjoy what we have been given. Don’t let life pass you by without taking time to enjoy it and spending time with those you love. Take time to recharge your batteries and be thankful for what you have. Take a day a week and don’t … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 165-169

March 13, 2015Pastor's Blog

I smiled at the Father’s humor in requiring me to talk about creating Sabbath as I just came off my sixth week of implementing a Sabbath and I am sensing His sweet pleasure in my small attempts of obedience. I find that I work in hope the rest of the week knowing that every Friday … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 163-165

March 12, 2015Pastor's Blog

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Sabbath teaches us to depend on Jesus to be in control of the things that we don’t have time to do. It is in Sabbath that we are free to behold the greatness and majesty of who God is. Even God himself, who had no … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 159-162

March 11, 2015Pastor's Blog

“At the heart of the Daily Office and the Sabbath is stopping to surrender to God in trust.” (pg. 156) How many of us have overcrowded schedules? Go ahead – raise your hand, we all do. Our lives are measured by successes or failures created with our hands while neglecting the living God. The One … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 156-159

March 10, 2015Pastor's Blog

“Stopping for Daily Office to be with God is the key to creating a continual and easy familiarity with God’s presence the rest of the day. It is the rhythm of stopping that makes the “practice of the presence of God”. (page 159) With the things that life brings to us on a daily basis, … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 153-156

March 9, 2015Pastor's Blog

“Many of us have lost our way, spiritually, in the whiteout of the blizzard swirling around us. Blizzards begin when we say yes to too many things. Between demands from work and family, our lives fall somewhere between full and overflowing. We multitask, so much so that we are unaware we are doing three things … Read More