Category Archives: Prayer

Remember the Grace that is your life…

…and the God that holds you in his hand. Remember the way in which you were spared, from the slavery of Pharaoh in Egypt’s land. Remember the hope lavished upon you at Sinai, of God’s provision and abundance, his leadership and care, his dream. Remember that God made you alive, and shook you awake from the...

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Psalms of Anger and Public Worship – A Guest Post By Scott Hagley

When I checked my inbox today, I was delighted to find a reflection from my friend Scott Hagley with permission to post it if I like. I like. The following are his thoughts about the place of imprecatory psalms in public worship. Psalm 137 His love endures forever. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we...

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My Praying Daughter…

I am at home today with a nasty flu. My wife Christiene, our 3 year old daughter Anna, and our one year old boy Nathaniel gathered around me to pray. Here is what my daughter said: ” I have to eyes to see my dad, I have a nose to smell my dad, I have...

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About Worship…

Mike over at Mercy Blog links to the following Evelyn Underhill quote about worship. Here is her quote, followed by his reflection: “At one end worship is lost in God and is seen to be the substance of eternal life, so that all our attempts to penetrate its mystery must end in acknowledgement of defeat;...

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An interesting neighbourhood…and an invitation to pray

As I drove up the hill about to make the final turn to get home form work, I noticed to my left some police vehicles, fire trucks, and a taped off section surrounding a vacant property. Not knowing what was going on, I searched the news to see if anything was reported. Nothing. After dinner,...

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Prayer

Please go over and visit the Contemplative Charismatic, Nick, and read his thoughts about prayer. He says some important things about prayer and broadens the definition that typically sees prayer as intercession. He introduces us to prayer as paying attention: “Cultivating the discipline of prayer starts with being watchful (spiritually alert) and thankful. If we...

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Center for Spiritual Formation

I have completed all my final preparations tonight as in the morning I am off for an eight day retreat for the 2nd year class in the Centre for Spiritual Formation. CSF is a two year intensive offered through Carey Theological College and is the concentration I have chosen for my MPM degree tract. The...

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Living Prayer Chapter 6- The Road Leads Here

Are you aware of an internal clock that rings in your life from time to time? Is there an alarm that informs you that it’s time to go somewhere or do something? Robert Benson has one and it tells him it is time to go on retreat to pray. It goes off every 21 weeks...

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An Honest Being-With

Being with a friend in great pain is not easy. It makes us uncomfortable. We do not know what to do or what to say, and we worry about how to respond to what we hear. Our temptation is to say things that come more out of our own fear than out of our care...

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Bono

I simply could not resist posting this. It is Bono’s acceptance speech for an NAACP award. I have seldom heard a more prophetic voice in our time that was graced with such poetic elegance and piercing flair. Please watch and tell me if your heart is not touched. [HT Mike Todd] Technorati Tags: Christianity, Kingdom+of+God,...

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Living Prayer Chapter 5 – Office Hours

The following is less a review of Chapter 5 of Robert Benson’s book, Living Prayer, and more a personal reflection about the content of the chapter. Have you ever examined the pace of your life? How about what motivates and moves you? If you are like most living in Western Culture, you probably feel a...

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A beautiful finish before Lent…and various other things…

I have not mentioned at all on this blog my love for the game of Hockey. I’ve kept the focus on Christian Missional Spirituality for the most part. But tonight is different. You see, I am a Vancouver Canucks fan. Our Canucks have just beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-2 in OT to give...

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Words that Create

Yesterday was a busy day.  It was the second week of the preaching rotation for me and I had to got to deliver the same message I did last week about the importance of living in God’s story. Sacred Reading of scripture is the avenue I used to get us into the story. By the...

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Bread Night in our Neighbourhood

Our Mission Group had about five bins full of Cobb’s Bread tonight.  We met at 7pm to bag it and to pray at Bill and Cheryl’s house; members of our group.  As the weather was not cooperative, instead of the usual community coffee house as a means to distribute the bread, we headed out in...

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Henri Nouwen on Prayer Unceasing…

From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer“Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many...

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