The OC Daily Minute (Page 76)

The OC Daily Minute (Page 76)

August 28, 2015

Psalm 119 159 Consider how I love your precepts Give me life according to your steadfast love. 160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. I gave a list on Sunday of some basic things I do when I read the Bible.  Here is a more extensive version.  Take a minute and write down in the front of your bible some of these and maybe…

August 27, 2015

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Praying for stuff can definitely monopolize our prayers, which I wouldn’t think is good, however He cares for us so we also need to realize that our longings aren’t in competition with God; in fact, he is the source of all that is good and beautiful in this world.  Tim Keller says it beautifully here…

August 26, 2015

For the rest of the week, let’s focus on three ways to abide that I personally believe we shouldn’t go without having in our weekly, if not daily, routine.  Sabbath, Prayer, and Bible Study. Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. I read this years back and felt so overwhelmed with conviction, because I hold tightly onto the idol of productivity…

August 25, 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Which Are You? I truly believe beauty is found in the midst of our disciplines.  It is not uncommon for people to read about Jesus in their Bible and only see His contemplative or activist scenes at the expense of seeing the healthy tension that Jesus lived in. As a result, when a contemplative thinks of…

August 24, 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: The tension of the abiding, which could also be considered spiritual disciplines, comes from the fact that they fall into two broad and general categories: contemplative and active. There are many ways to simplify this distinction. The contemplative disciplines are about being,…

August 21, 2015

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Showing up on Sundays isn’t easy for everyone, but committing to a…

August 20, 2015

James 1:27 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. I don’t believe it was an accident that Jesus used a small group (12 disciples) to “turn the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).  When you are being cared for on an emotional or spiritual level, who…

August 19, 2015

Heb 2: 10-12 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, Most roads in my life are interconnected with Origins.  It…

August 18, 2015

Romans 1:11–12 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Paul was a man’s man and yet, listen to how intimate he writes to these followers of Jesus in Rome – “I long to see you”.  You see, Paul’s love for them…

August 17, 2015

Hebrews 10: 24 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, “Let us consider”, this basically is saying let’s give serious thought to how to “stir up one another to love and good works”.  When we give serious thought to this I think it would be impossible for us to not have, listening, praying, reading the scripture, sharing what’s…

August 14, 2015

Chastening Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him. Hebrews 12:5. It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only a shallow experience of sanctification, we mistake the shadow for the reality, and when the Spirit of God begins to check, we…

August 13, 2015

Quench not the Spirit Quench not the spirit. 1 Thess. 5:19. The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr, so gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it. The checks of the Spirit come in the most extraordinarily gentle ways, and if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice you will quench it, and your personal spiritual…