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. 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. 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. Thoughts in Solitude A short quote from "Thoughts in Solitude" by Thomas Merton about our sinful self and identity in Christ. “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." How to Foster a Healthier Year in Ministry In this article, Samuel Rahberg suggests two strategies--seeking solitude with God and companionship in stewarding one’s vision--will help good intentions become realities in the new year. Fighting Demons In The Desert This article explores the life of the first "Desert Father," Antony of Egypt, the early history of the monastic movement, and how Antony's style of discipleship impacted the history of Christian faith and spirituality. Multitasking Kills Leadership Scott Benhase talks about the importance of disciplined prayer and reflection for leaders. They need to step back, gain perspective, listen to others, and spend time in solitude to think reflectively and prayerfully. The Work of a Landscaper More as a laborer keeping a wild order than as a landscaper, the essayist/gardener notes her solitude, exercise and mental space. Ankle-deep in glory and dust before the Creator, she observes the transitory and the transcendent.... Solitude Is Source of Freedom This sermon illustration by John Ortberg explains how in a research setting mice influence each other to a point that can cause death as a way to demonstrate societal influence and the need for solitude. 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. Full Text Hymns on Solitude In Solitude I Come to God in Prayer©
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See more hymns... The Blessing of Occasional Solitude In this sermon illustration, a missionary to the Antarctic found that solitude can be a blessing, strengthening one's spiritual life rather than hindering it. The Loss of Solitude An illustration by Mark Fischetti reflecting on the way modern technologies diminish solitude and thereby reflection. Appropriate for Joshua 1:8, Lamentations 3:26, and numerous other passages from the Psalms and the Gospels. Is this the fast that I choose? In this blog post, Gregg Brekke reflects on the significance of discipline of solitude in the age of social media. He shares the experiences of several people who have fasted from Facebook. 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... 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. Spirituality Requires Solitude In this sermon illustration, Henri Nouwen is quoted as saying, "Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life." Appropriate for sermons on Psalm 55:7, Matthew 14:23, 15:29, and Luke 22:41. 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. Plugging Into Silence In this audio/visual recording, Howard E. Butt Jr. reflects on Jesus' time spent in solitary prayer (Mark 1:35) and the need for Christians to also find silence and solitude, especially through unplugging from technology.