Search ResultsSilence and Solitude The spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude have a long history in the Christian tradition. By studying biblical examples from Mark 1:35-39 and 1 Kings 19:11-13, this podcast delves into these disciplines. Our Need for Solitude Mark Roberts says that we are made for community, but sometimes we need solitude, as exemplified by Jesus in Luke 6:12-16. Being away from people can help us pray honestly and listen attentively to God. Entertaining Solitude This Catholic essay says that Christians must drastically alter their personal disposition towards entertainment technology, arguing that leisure was never meant to be reduced to entertainment, and entertainment was never meant to be de-socialized. History of Hymns: “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth” This offers background and commentary on the Jean Wiebe Janzen (b. 1933) hymn, "Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth" The inspiration for the text comes from the 14th-century mystic, Julian of Norwich. Thoughts in Solitude A short quote from "Thoughts in Solitude" by Thomas Merton about our sinful self and identity in Christ. A Trinitarian Vision of Spiritual Transformation Whether we are worshipping God in a corporate church setting or praying in solitude, the act of entering God's presence is supposed to put us in a position where we experience God's transforming work. The Solitude Between Times Here is a commentary on Acts 1:1-11 that boldly addresses our perceptions of God's abandonment and the challenges of waiting for Christ to return again. “Come Away…” Reflecting on Mark 6:30-34, John-Marmion Villa makes a distinction between a vacation as "running away," and a time of solitude and silence for spiritual growth to rediscover "the person that God intended you to become." Words of Life: Cultivating the Heart to Hear When we practice the disciplines of solitude, meditation, and silence, we grow in our ability to hear God’s voice through the Holy Spirit and Scripture. How to foster a healthier year in ministry Two strategies -- seeking solitude with God and companionship in stewarding one’s vision -- will help good intentions become realities in the new year, writes Samuel Rahberg. Solitude, Community, and Greed This post is a series of sermon illustrations from news excerpts on sports, decision making, personal stories, parenting, the quietest place on Earth, and suicide. With preaching angles about priorities, choices, parenting, solitude, community, and greed.... Solitude Is Source of Freedom An illustration by John Ortberg emphasizing the importance of solitude, appropriate for 1 John 2:15-17, 1 Peter 1:14, and James 4:7-8. Full Text Hymns on Solitude In Solitude I Come to God in Prayer©
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See more hymns... Illustrations on Solitude, Integrity, Trustworthy Celebrities and Pop Culture Sermon starters and illustrations found here include the benefit of solitude, why some athletes have integrity while others don't, trustworthy celebrities, and how pop culture trivializes the words of history's great thinkers, poets, and statesmen. The Blessing of Occasional Solitude In this sermon illustration, a missionary to the Antarctic found that solitude became a blessing by strengthening the spiritual life rather than hindering it, just as Jesus often sought out solitude in which to pray. The Power of Group Solitude In this sermon illustration for Psalm 131:2, Exodus 20:9-11, or Luke 1:80, a pastor of spiritual formation argues that extended times of solitude cultivate an attitude of listening that is paramount to spiritual formation. Be Opened! This reflection on Mark 7:31-37 considers Jesus' healing and what it may teach us about solitude, our humanity and physicality, and speaking plainly the truth of God. Multitasking Kills Leadership This article suggests that leaders of the church need to step back, gain perspective, listen to others, and spend time in solitude so we can think reflectively and prayerfully. The Bicuspid Life In this blog post, Luci Shaw meditates on the bicuspid Christian life, balancing the two cusps of gathering together in Christ's name and allowing for time and space for personal solitude and silence. Really Listening to God Mark Roberts says we can emulate the prophet’s response to God in Isaiah 50:5. We can hear God’s voice in quiet and solitude, in gathering with God’s people, and through Scripture, and we can listen and... The New Social Technology: Loss of Solitude An illustration by Mark Fischetti reflecting on the use of social media as eliminating solitude and thereby limiting time to reflect; appropriate for Psalm 46:10, Mark 6:46, Luke 5:16, and 11 other similar passages.