“Grace is sufficient”, 2 Cor 11 & 12

What did Paul mean when he talked about fools for Christ and the fact that God’s grace was sufficient to him?

“Remarkable Jesus”, Luke 5.17-26

Jesus confuses, inspires and amazes people. In this passage he notices faith, and demonstrates authority by healing a paralytic.

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Christian Meditation Review: “Resting in God”

Ps62v5I’ve grown to enjoy using the meditations on the “Christian Mindfulness” website. A couple of new meditations have been posted recently and I promised to review them once I’d used them myself. Here, then is my review of the first.

To begin with, some basic information.

The “Resting in God” meditation is based on Psalm 62:5, “Find rest O my soul in God alone”. It is 15 minutes long and contains periods of silence.

I especially liked the introduction which reminded me that I am forgiven of all my sins and am justified before God due to the righteousness of Christ credited to me. This helped to settle me into the right frame of spiritual mind before beginning the meditation proper.

For my taste, the instructions about settling into a comfortable position are a little over-detailed. I’d prefer a simpler, “find somewhere comfortable to sit, kneel or lay” or something of that order.

The appeal to turn our attention to Christ himself was helpfully qualified by the phrase, “as much as you are able”, which is a comfort given that some days this seems to be easier than others.

The remainder of the meditation proceeded as a series of silences punctuated by repetition of Psalm 62.5, “Find rest O my soul in God alone”. I found this valuable in helping my mind be called back to its proper locus. The gaps between the repetitions were just right. The slight background hiss that came and went as the voice appeared and disappeared was a little distracting. A superior recording environment might be helpful.

Overall, this was one of my favourite meditations on the site, and I have already used it a second time.

Please check the site out if you are interested in Christian meditation and mindfulness. Let me know if you have found similar resources from which you think other people might benefit.

God bless,

Malcolm

A Little Bit Of Luke: Part 6

Luke gives us a particular emphasis on the necessity of the cross and the suffering of Messiah. Why might that be?

Here are some references to the Greek word “dei” that Luke uses to emphasis the necessity of things: Luke 2:49; 4:43; 9:22; 13:33; 17:25; 22:7, 37; 24:7, 26, 44.

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A Little Bit Of Luke: Part 5 (video)

Why do we have so much information about John “the dipper” (see Josephus)? Isn’t the Gospel about Jesus? Perhaps Luke had a reason for giving John so much airtime, but what was it?

References to John in Acts: Acts 1:5, 22; 10:37; 11:16; 13:24; 18:25; 19:3–4

The reference from Josephus quoted in the recording: http://www.livius.org/sources/content/josephus-on-john-the-baptist

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“OMQ”: Turning Back? John 6.66

Some of the disciples turn back and leave Jesus. We can understand the crowds and the Pharisees not following him, but why his disciples? Any insights?

“OMQ”: Turning Back? John 6.66

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“OMQ”: Hard Teaching? John 6.60

Jesus demands that his followers eat his flesh and drink his blood. This certainly sounds strange, but why is is “hard”? Any ideas?

“OMQ”: Hard Teaching? John 6.60

Jesus demands that his followers eat his flesh and drink his blood. This certainly sounds strange, but why is is “hard”? Any ideas?

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“OMQ”: Never Hungry? John 6.35

Jesus said those who came to him and believed in him would never go hungry or thirsty. What kind of hunger and thirst is he promising to satisfy? What are your thoughts?