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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Meditation on Psalm 25, Verse 1

As part of the First Loved to Love curriculum, we encourage practicing the “Synonym/Antonym Meditation Exercise” in order to better hear God speak his words of love to you through his Word using words and phrases that mean the same but maybe speak to your heart more deeply. Often this...

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God’s Love

God’s love for us goes beyond words. After all, “God is love” (1 John 4:16). He is the fullest embodiment and expression of love that we will ever know. To capture this in any one language is impossible. However, God himself has revealed to us through his Word various characteristics...

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Even Now, I Run To You

One of the practices we encourage to train people to experience God’s love more deeply is what we call the Synonym/Antonym Meditation Exercise: taking short passages of scripture that speak to your heart, personalizing them (where God speaks directly to you), and then replacing some of the words that are...

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I Have Chosen You

One of the practices we encourage to work on regularly is the synonym/antonym exercise: taking short passages of scripture that speak to your heart, personalizing them (where God speaks directly to you), and then replacing some of the words that are significant to you with synonyms or antonyms. This helps...

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Beloved of the Lord

“Many young adults in our society, having grown up in angry or broken homes or with parents who were more concerned to make money than to nurture their children, are starved for the true love that only God can give. If our worship is truly immersed in the splendor of...

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For I Know the Plans

One of the practices we encourage to work on regularly is the synonym/antonym exercise: taking short passages of scripture that speak to your heart, personalizing them (where God speaks directly to you), and then replacing some of the words that are significant to you with synonyms or antonyms. This helps...

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My Aching Heart

I’m sure you’ve had it happen to you. Someone shares a deeply personal pain with you and your heart just aches. Isn’t it fascinating how an emotional reaction can cause a part of our body, even an inner organ, to ache—long for, yearn, hurt—as if that part of our body...

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God-Sighting

A few years ago, Mark wrote this God-Sighting in his journal: “Lately, the Lord has really demonstrated his love for me in some very practical ways. On my way home from Costa Rica, I had to stop in a line to pay an airport tax. For some reason I put...

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I Am Your Portion

“Call this to mind and you will have hope: Because of My great love for you, you will not be consumed. My compassions never fail. They are made new every morning. Great is My faithfulness toward you. For I, Yahweh, am your portion, therefore wait for Me. I am good...

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