Encouragement Note: January 2018, Spiritual Tuneup

Spiritual and Physical tune up, by Christopher Underwood

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. ― Brian Tracy

Everyone expects the car, the train, the airplane to be kept in tune. These artificial items will eventually fail if you no one puts air in the tires, never changes the oil, or forgets to add fuel.

We do the same each day as we tune our hair to be in alignment when we wash our hair, comb it, twirl, spray it, tease it and blow dry it not necessarily in that order.

And we pray to God and study a portion of the word to add to our faith, virtue, knowledge and more so that even when we sin, our forgiveness is offered when we repent so we do not fall away forever.

We all need to find better alignment as followers of Christ. We all need more to run smooth spiritually and that really comes through the word of God.

I want to offer a few tune up scriptures. Hopefully these scripture tune ups will strike a positive cord with you each and every day. Continue reading

#encouragement-note, #spirituality

Full armor: Ephesians 6.11 VOTD

“Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Ephesians 6.11

Partial armor leaves the soldier unprotected and more vulnerable to attack from the enemy. Paul uses this comparison to urge Christians to use all the resources at their disposal in order to succeed against the devil’s attempt to draw them away from Christ.

What piece of spiritual armor tends to be more difficult to put on in your faith?

#spiritual-warfare #spirituality #VOTD

Of God and man

The Lord Jesus Christ kept his balance between seeking the Father and serving people. He did not let the demands and needs of others keep him from time alone in prayer and meditation. Neither did he neglect proclaiming the Father’s word to both crowds and individuals by escaping by himself to a mountain.

Every saint needs this same balance. Spirituality and ministry are not either/or options, but both/and necessities. Without the Father, service is mere social improvement. Without the practice of faith, spirituality becomes nothing more than another form of consumerism.

#ministry, #spirituality

Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

#christ, #god, #holocaust, #jesus, #salvation, #spirituality

Good for me, good for you?

Some things one does for one’s own spiritual benefit, as is right and necessary. If by chance those things benefit others, as they often will, so much the better. Growth in the Spirit is not a lonely nor selfish proposition. Of course, one must take care that such benefit does not become the end-all and do-all of ministry. There is that service that is undertaken solely for the benefit and need of one’s neighbor. The overflow of my benefit to the other cannot be the main service provided for another. The additional blessing to others that comes from one’s own efforts toward growth can never substitute the teaching, evangelism, edification, and benevolence given to others. But when the additional blessing occurs, blessing indeed it can be.

#benefit, #ministry, #service, #spirituality

Hugh’s News & Views (Default Mindset)

WHAT IS YOUR DEFAULT MINDSET?

According to computer technology and terminology, a “default” is “a pre-selected option or a pre-designed value or setting.” For example, when I started typing this article the page appeared in the format that I had previously designated for the settings I would like for all the pages to have when I type these essays. I do not have to re-set the borders of the pages, the type style, the font size, etc. each time I compose an article. All of these things have already been determined and “saved” to the default setting for all “News and Views” essays. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #mind, #mindset, #spirituality

Prayer doesn’t have to be long

Some softwares and WP themes provide reading time estimates for the posts, based, one supposes, on some average figure of words per minute. They do this, apparently, so you’ll know ahead of time how long of a read it will be.

In today’s Believing Prayer, I set a one-minute reading time when linking to it on my Hubzilla spot, the more to encourage people to click and read and pray. (OK, so maybe it’ll take two minutes to read.)

Years ago, a book was published called One-Minute Manager. It purported to help managers act decisively. Though one’s spiritual life cannot be contained in one-minute prayers, neither are they inappropriate.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long. It does have to be sustained.

#prayer, #spiritual-life, #spirituality