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Spiritual Practice: Paying Attention To Your Breath

Meditation, yoga, and other stress-reducing therapies teach that slowing down and focusing on the timing and pace of our breath can have positive effects on our body and mind. A recent study in the Journal of Neurophysiology may support this, revealing that brain regions linked to emotion, attention, and body awareness are activated when we pay attention to our breath. This study... Continue Reading

The Spiritual Practice Of Prompted Prayers

Like most people of faith, over the years I have practiced various forms of prayer and have settled in on a few that are the most meaningful. One of those I call “prompted prayers.” I refer to them as prompted prayers because they are prayers that are brought to mind by some cue, usually something visual. For centuries, those of... Continue Reading

Spiritual Practice: Be Still And Know

January is a great time to consider our spiritual growth plan for the coming year. In the coming weeks I will share several spiritual practices you may wish to add to your daily spiritual regimen. I define a spiritual practice as “a regular rendezvous with God with no other agenda than to know and experience His presence and love.” A... Continue Reading

The Saint Francis Peace Prayer As A Spiritual Practice

One of the most frequently read prayers by those seeking peace and comfort is attributed to Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis is the patron saint of ecology, animals, non-violence, and peacemaking—because he understood that the entire circle of life has God at the center of it all. In Francis’ world, the sun, moon, animals, plants, and elements all show reverence... Continue Reading

The Church And The Scapegoat Pattern

I find myself frequently surprised by how many people are unaware that the word “scapegoat” has biblical origins. Or how the term is foundational to the understanding of Jesus’s crucifixion. Further, how few recognize just how prevalent “scapegoating” is in the church. For example, when things go south, pastors routinely blame the lack of lay leadership or the ineffectiveness of... Continue Reading

Leading From Behind Is Not A Contradiction

Leading from behind sounds like a contradiction in terms. But, Kelly Wendorff of EQUUS Inspired, says that horses effectively do just that. “The lead horse positions themselves behind the ones they want to guide or lead and literally pushes them ahead. The reason for this is it allows the horses being led to be in front so they can gain... Continue Reading

Oneness As A Stage Of Spiritual Growth

In recent weeks we have written about “oneness with God’ in the articles: What Is Oneness With God?, What Does The Bible Say About Oneness?, and a Guided Meditation On Oneness With God. In this article we share how the journey toward oneness with God can be viewed as one of the stages of spiritual growth. Stages Of Spiritual Growth... Continue Reading

Guided Meditation On Oneness With God

In recent weeks we have examined the background and meaning of oneness. Experiencing oneness with God can become a wonderful spiritual practice to those who seek it. Below, James Finley offers a simple guided meditation to awaken us to our oneness with God. When you sit in meditation, your breathing naturally slows. Quietly focusing your attention on your breathing is... Continue Reading

What Is Oneness With God?

We live in a part of New Mexico that was formed by ancient volcanoes, leaving a legacy of beautiful rock formations. While hiking, we often find rocks where several colors have merged to become a part of the same rock. Rocks with streaks of red, black, white, and yellow become a beautiful metaphor for the oneness God desires for His... Continue Reading

Two Types of Judging – Condemning and Evaluating

In recent posts we have been examining the definitions and differences in using judgment, being judgmental, and what the Bible says about judging others. In this article we use Jesus as our hermeneutic to mine the meaning of judging. “Thou shalt not judge” is a phrase that Christians hear frequently, from believers as well as non-believers. Both groups tend to... Continue Reading

What Does The Bible Really Say About Judging Others?

In our last post we examined the definitions, examples, and differences in using good judgment and being judgmental. In this article we take a look at specifically what the Bible says and means about judging others. Jesus’ command not to judge others is one of the most widely quoted of His sayings, even though it is frequently quoted in disregard... Continue Reading

Is There A Difference In Being Judgmental And Using Your Judgment?

It’s a complicated question…..one I have wrestled with as I often question, as an individual and as a church leader, whether I am being judgmental or simply using my God-given judgment. Scripture surely helps, and we will examine what the Bible says in our next post. But, to begin with I have found that determining clear definitions and guidelines helps.... Continue Reading