Prayer

Prayer. What immediately comes to your mind when you read that word? Perhaps some of Paul’s words like “petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 2:1; also Philippians 4:6) came to mind. Clearly, that is part of prayer. But over the years, prayer has also come to mean personal interaction...

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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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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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Loving in Action (God Sightings)

When I (Mark) first began to experience God’s love by making time to come to Him to be loved, I mainly experienced His love through words alone. But then came a time in the life of our church when we were going through Gary Chapman’s book on the five love...

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Eat What is Good

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:2-3) Do you hear God’s tone of voice, His passion, coming through the text? He wants our souls...

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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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