Praying Hands

Praying Hands

While looking through a website of old paintings, I got this crazy idea that one of Dürer's drawings might be a nice project. I chose the Praying Hands. Maybe this was not such a good idea because I am sure... Weiterlesen
Calligraphic Prayer

Calligraphic Prayer

Here is another attempt with Arabic calligraphy. It seems to be one of the more famous ones on the internet and can be found on stock photography sites and as a wall tattoo. I found it originally on a book... Weiterlesen

Everything is Yours

Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will - all that I have and call my own. You have given it all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do... Weiterlesen
Developing Intimacy with God

Developing Intimacy with God

Aronis, Alexander Basile. 2003. Developing intimacy with God : an eight-week prayer guide based on Ignatius' "Spiritual exercises". 1st ed. Makati City, Philippines: Union Church of Manila. (book review) The book has developed out of the author’s dissertation about Ignatius’... Weiterlesen

An enabler asks for help

An Enabler Asks for Help Someone I love is buried beneath fear and paralysis. She has forgotten how gloriously You made her. And I seem to have forgotten that Your love for her far exceeds my limited version. Forgive me... Weiterlesen

God, Speak to Me

God, Speak to Me The man whispered "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear. So the man yelled "God speak to me!" And the thunder rolled across the sky, But the man did... Weiterlesen

Wandering Minds

How often do we find our minds wandering during prayer? The reason, St. Francis de Sales suggests, is that our minds, which think by concretely re-presenting reality, cannot focus well on abstraction. They will always gravitate to more concrete things.... Weiterlesen

Types of Spirituality

Authentic prayer – which is deeply sensible of God, who speaks out of the depths, and in an awareness of the chaos that surrounds us – requires that we move out of the structure into the antistructure. Here the receptive... Weiterlesen

Speaking on Behalf

To speak to God on behalf of man is probably the highest service any of us can render. The rest is to speak to men in the name of Jesus. Either is possible through His grace. Corrie ten Boom

Restoring relational circuits

Restoring relational circuits. A few weeks ago I blogged about relational circuits. I included some examples of a longer checklist that help us realize whether our relational circuits are on or off. Here are some more examples: My mind is... Weiterlesen

Seeing is believing

I am presently reading "Seeing is believing" by Gregory A. Boyd (2004). He's got an interesting point about the importance of picturing spiritual realities with our inner eyes. In my twenty-three years as a pastor I found that the primary... Weiterlesen

Inaugural prayers

I had not planned it, but since my other plans for today did not work out, I eventually decided to join some collegues and watch the inaguration of Obama Barack on TV. It was a first for me in many... Weiterlesen

Prayer for revival

Our Bible study group is presently studying Daniel. This week we started with Daniel 9 which is one of my favorite passages. I think this prayer is a marvelous model when praying for revival. Just replace Israel and Jerusalem with... Weiterlesen

Praying for clarity

Over the last months, I have often prayed for clarity and asked others to pray for clarity. Today I found this interesting quote: When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at "the house of the... Weiterlesen