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Words of Life for Cutting Words This Catholic article offers a response to the contemporary reality of teens on social media sites, and advocates for new forms of ministry to teens within these virtual worlds. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Mark C. McCann Silence 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: A Plain Account | Author: L. Michaels “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." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Connect! Sunday Reflection | Author: John-Marmion Villa 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Kari Kristina Reeves 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Samuel Rahberg 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. Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest 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. Brekke shares the experiences of several people who have fasted from Facebook. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Gregg Brekke Character Above All: Ten presidents from FDR to George Bush: "Richard M. Nixon" Here is a quotation that describes the character of Richard M. Nixon as being very distrusting, an introvert, and someone who preferred being in solitude, but was in a world full of people. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Robert A. Wilson 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.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley Full Text Hymns on Solitude In Solitude I Come to God in Prayer©
Oh, for a Heart to Praise My GodPD
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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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: John Ortberg 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Brett Baddorf 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Adie Johnson 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Scott Benhase 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... Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts 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.... Resource type: Article | Source: Theology of Work Project | Author: Anne M. Dowe Overstreet 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Mark Fischetti 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. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The High Calling | Author: Howard E. Butt, Jr.
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