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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 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland 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 A or B? A Few Thoughts on Discernment and Decision Making Scott Emery writes that decision-making involves discussion among family and friends and communities, incarnation and mission, considering one’s life stage, earnest prayer and understanding that God allows choice and promises to be with us always. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Scott Emery A Parable for Lent As we go into Lenten season, Seth Richardson teaches us that the best thing we can do is to learn to embrace our spiritual dryness and brokenness as God's gift to us. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Seth Richardson 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 Nurturing Life: Pastoral Insights For Parents In this article, Charles Self shares his insights for parents on how to nurture our children as a Christian. These insights also apply for leaders to nurture their spiritual children God entrusted to their care. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Charles Self 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 Stupid is Repairable: Growing as Thoughtful Followers of Jesus You can't fix stupid. Or can you? Derek Vreeland offers a hopeful perspective on the process of discipleship that reminds us that the Holy Spirit can renew us to be the best version of ourselves. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland 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 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 Full Text Hymns on Solitude In Solitude I Come to God in Prayer©
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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 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 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Gregg Brekke 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 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. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Luci Shaw 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 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
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