One thing I have found lacking in the Church in my experience is the desire among the brethren for spiritual gifts. We are commanded by Paul to earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit and so we should do so (1 Corinthians 14:1). The exercising of gifts was frequently used throughout the Book of Acts … Continue reading It’s Okay (even Encouraged!) to Want to Receive Gifts – It just Depends on What Kind…
I have not practiced singing all that much so I am reluctant to sing but I have found that my spirit is strengthened and encouraged when I sing hymns and I think this is something that God willing I am going to try and make a regular practice (outside of any corporate setting). I believe … Continue reading Sing!
This post comes in the recent aftermath of Thanksgiving and so I thought it might be appropriate to discuss giving thanks, which I am currently trying to make a more habitual practice (that is finding more occasions during the day to give thanks and for a greater variety of blessings that I would usually take … Continue reading Give Thanks!
This is another spiritual practice that I do not do frequently enough. Paul advises us in the Second Book of Corinthians to think about good things, "whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8 English Standard … Continue reading Remember What the Lord Has Done for You
I am writing this post in part so as to convict myself because one of the things I do not do enough is testify of the good things that God has done for me, which are truly more numerous than the sands of the sea. I will testify as to some of them at the … Continue reading Testify!
This is something I'm currently trying to incorporate into my prayer practice more but I just recently read in the book "The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks" that the lifting of hands was part of the practice of some of the monks and for one monk strengthened his heavenly connection. I testify … Continue reading Lift Up Your Holy Hands!
I think we all remember a time as children where we were playing around where we were not supposed to be only to hear our parents or some other responsible adult yell at us to "Come out of there!" So too we as children of God should heed the Father (or older brother)'s call to … Continue reading Come Out of There!