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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 on Scripture is that it…

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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 is often specifically practiced as…

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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 people with ways to grow…

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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 understanding the nature of the…

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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 in love and faithfulness, maintaining…

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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 us (John 13:34). The list…

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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 us (John 13:34). The list…

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Priority of Love: from John 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 us (John 13:34). The list…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 4: How to Love Jesus

Concluding our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love Jesus. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1, How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2 and How to Love Our Enemies in Part 3. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 3: How to Love Our Enemies

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our enemies. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1 and How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands…

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