Category: Spiritual Formation

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Going Deep

While I recover from my motorcycle accident (minor injuries) I thought I’d let Gordon MacDonald fill in for me.  While his article, “Going Deep” (which appeared on-line in “Leadership Journal” yesterday, 6/27/11) is geared toward those in leadership, it speaks to all Christians in regards to the need for living deeply in God. It is, after ...

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Final Thoughts on Solitude

There is so much more to say about the practice of silence and solitude but I will finalize my thoughts today.  But lest I give the impression that silence and solitude are the only means by which we encounter God, let me proclaim an emphatic “No!” Silence and solitude are just one of the many environments ...

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Practicing Solitude

I’ve posted for several days now on the spiritual practices of silence and solitude…and we are coming soon to an end. The danger, of course, with any Biblical teaching is that it remains in our head as a cherished belief and not actually practiced in our lives.  Thinking about solitude is not the same as closing the ...

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A Quiet Transformation

“Mom! He’s in our lane!” Even before my daughter screamed the words, I saw him coming, crossing over into my lane of traffic. We were traveling the 60 miles an hour speed limit on a two-lane country road. “I know, I see him,” were all the words I could get out. The mind is an ...

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A Portable Sanctuary

As we continue in our practice of silence and solitude, over time we begin to discover even our solitude begins to be transformed. In solitude where we create space to attune our hearts to the voice of God, where we confront our driven souls, and stay present to the work of the Holy Spirit in ...

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Thoughts on Solitude

Today I thought I’d post what others have to say about the practice of solitude: “The invitation to solitude and silence is just that. It is an invitation to enter more deeply into the intimacy of relationship with the One who waits just outside the noise and busyness of our lives.  It is an invitation ...

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The Surprising Rewards of Silence

I continue my thoughts on the spiritual practices of silence and solitude. Today’s post comes from an article written for NavPress by Tim Stafford. I thought he said it better than I could. The Surprising Rewards of Silence Why are we afraid to be quiet before God?  By Tim Stafford  Ever stop to think why ...