There are more than 2,000 verses in the Bible that instruct us to take care of the poor and needy, the foreigner, the stranger. Beyond donating money, this call challenges us to get to know them, to help where they need help, to value them, to love them. This book is an impassioned plea for us to treat them as neighbors.
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A Study Guide to the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount is a personal investigation into how we can live the truth of Jesus’s major teaching. Pondering and journaling the issues addressed in the Sermon on the Mount will connect the user to Christ in a deeper and more faithful way.
Exodus: Our Story, Too! weaves together the trials of the Israelites in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan with the stages of the classical spiritual journey: Awakening, Purgation, Illumination and Union. To read this story is to see where each of us is on this journey and what we have left to do to enter the kingdom of God. The longest part of the journey is purgation, the giving up of our rebellious nature, the owning of all that we are, all that we have said and done and what was done to us, the releasing of our own world-centered views of how our lives should go in favor of loving God, of following Him wherever He would take us and finally entering into a full partnership with God in our lives. Then we live out our lives as we were created to be, living fully, purposefully and in peace.
In this fascinating book you will see how present God is in our difficulties, you will see how He provides our every need and how far He wants us to go in a relationship with Him. And you will see how we humans rebel and corrupt and reject what is real and true, but that once the rebelliousness is gone, once we face ourselves with love and forgiveness, what the result of a deep relationship to God is–full of blessings, peace, joy, fulfillment and purposefulness. It’s a great read. If you want to know more about the author, read this.
Over the Christian centuries the teaching about the kingdom of God has followed a pretty narrow pattern. The kingdom was heaven where believers in Jesus as the son of God, if they had been true to the letter of the law, would go after they died. This interpretation has ignored much of what Jesus said about the kingdom in His parables and teachings and focused on us being “letter-of-the-law” people. But Jesus was about the Spirit of the Law, that is following the essence of the law in every situation, not being sure to cross every “I” and dot every “t.”
For Jesus the kingdom is a reality here on Earth. He talked of it as being near and within and among you. But it is also hidden in plain sight, only a potentiality to most of us. There are certain levels of relationship with Christ that we have to achieve to even see it, much less to live in it. He is calling us to be in the world, but not of the world, so that in actuality we would be living in the kingdom primarily, but not bound by the ways of the world.
The author details the parables and teachings about the kingdom in this very approachable book. It will challenge you to think about the depth of your relationship with Christ, with God. It will invite you to not settle for a limited encounter with the Holy One, but to seek the deepest connection between you and God and to live out your created purpose. It will invite you beyond following the rules to a life centered in God.
“Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.”
Through thoughtful essays about issues in the spiritual life and through spiritual practices that still the mind and connect us to God.
Instructions for the Journey is a series of 5 pamphlets about the spiritual journey designed to help people at any point along the Way focus their attention more on the Lord. The five titles are:
“Live in the Kingdom”
I have taken practices and instructions from Jesus’ teachings and from various Christian traditions, combined and simplified them in order to demystify the spiritual journey and to forestall any tendency on the part of a follower of Christ from seeking perfection in favor of faithfulness along the Way.
The series is $5.00. If purchased, pamphlets will be sent to you in a downloadable pdf format.