Disadvantaging Ourselves for Others

In 2 Corinthians 8:9, Jesus says the following through Paul: “Remember my grace, the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ, that though I was rich, for your sake I became poor so that you, through my poverty, might become rich.” In essence, Jesus disadvantaged himself for our sake. An expanded...

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What is Doing Good?

We can do good in many ways. But God seems to also define “doing good” in particular ways through the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do good; [in other words] Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless [“defend the oppressed” (NIV)], Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17, NASB; see also...

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Tips for Memorizing Bible Verses

One of the most common frustrations we hear from participants on our weekend seminars and retreats is the trouble they have memorizing scripture verses. We know! It’s not easy. However, in order to internalize God’s love for us from his Word and then turn around to speak love to others...

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What is Christian Meditation?

“Reading and reflection is at the very heart of biblical meditation. We graze and ruminate on the text in a very leisurely and contemplative manner, having no real agenda other than to be in Christ’s presence and to enjoy being in Christ’s presence. . . .The wonderful thing about meditating...

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What is Lectio Divina?

The “Love Verses” practice is similar to the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. “Lectio Divina”, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. It...

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What is The Examen?

During Mark’s doctoral studies, he discovered that the “God-Sighting” practice he created had some similarities to another practice called the Examen Prayer, developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). Mark was excited to discover that, as Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). God has been instructing his...

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God is One God in Three Persons (Triune)

One of the most wonderful and unique truths of the Christian faith is that God is Triune—one God in three persons (i.e., God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit). Understanding the nature of the Trinity is difficult because it is simply mystery. But more important than...

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God is love . . . and more!

John wrote, “God is love.” But there are many other aspects of God’s character. We suggest they are simply various expressions of his love. He is good (Psalm 100:4) and describes his goodness to Moses (Exodus 33:19) as “compassionate . . . gracious . . . slow to anger, abounding...

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Priority of Love: from Paul the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved...

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Priority of Love: from Peter the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved...

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