Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Prayer of St. Patrick

As I arise today,
May the strength of God pilot me,
The power of God uphold me,
The wisdom of God guide me.

May the eye of God look before me,
The ear of God hear me,
The word of God speak for me.

May the hand of God protect me,
The way of God lie before me,
The shield of God defend me,
The host of God save me.

May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Amen


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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Using Technology for Christian Meditation

As a follower of Christ, how can you meditate on God's Word with so many distractions around you? By using one of those distractions to your advantage. We usually think of meditation on Scriptures as an ancient practice, but modern technology can help you engage in this helpful and much-needed discipline.

The Bible repeatedly tells us of the value of biblical meditation. Israel's new leader Joshua was encouraged, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" (Joshua 1:8). Likewise, the Book of Psalms begins by describing the righteous man as one whose "delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:2).
Here's one way I use technology to assist me in meditating on God's Word:
  1. Find a way to schedule text messages to yourself. If you use an Android-based smartphone, you can download a free app called SMS Scheduler. I'm not sure what iPhone users could use, but I've read about an app called "Future Text."
  2. Find some Scripture verses that you want to meditate on. It may be an extended passage, or it may be verses with a common theme. For example, if you want to meditate on humility, use the Scriptures referenced in the devotional on humility on the Bible.com app (see https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/76-humility).
  3. Schedule text messages to be sent to yourself at an interval you desire with a link to that verse at Bible.com. To do this, find the verse in your computer's Internet browser at Bible.com. Click the verse(s), and then click the link button above. The link will appear. For example, the link to Philippians 2:3-5 is http://bible.us/59/php.2.3-5.esv. Just type this link into your text message scheduler for the interval you desire.
I currently have 11 verses that are texted to me each weekday (1 per hour). This helps me meditate on God's Word throughout the day.


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Monday, March 04, 2013

A Closer Look at the Wedding of Cana

Some Scriptures require a closer look if we're truly going to understand their depth of meaning.

In John 2:1-11, Jesus performed His first miracle. Why did the wedding host run out of wine? What legal implications would this have on those involved? And why was the wedding gift Jesus provided the best gift of all?

Join us at Cotton Ridge at 10am this Sunday as we take "A Closer Look at the Wedding of Cana."

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