Spiritual Exercise (4 of 5) by Stephen Whitney

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Spiritual Exercise (4 of 5)
Series: Intimacy with the Almighty
Stephen Whitney
I Timothy 4:6-8

Augustine was born in a small town in North Africa in 354. His father worshiped the pagan gods of Rome while his mother was a
devote Christian who continually prayed for him and encouraged him to trust Christ as his Savior.

From he early education he discovered the false joy of receiving unearned awards. Like many students he would not study unless
he was forced to do it. Reading, writing and arithmetic he found boring. The only educational things he pursed with enthusiasm were those from which he could derive pleasure without having to work for it. He had a restless spirit which looked for adventure.

When he was 16, he and some of his friends stole bushels of pears from a neighbor's vineyard. He later wrote, "We took away an
enormous quantity of pears not to eat them ourselves, but simply to throw them to the pigs. Perhaps we ate some of them, but our real pleasure consisted in doing something that was forbidden."

Years later after he became a bishop he wrote wrote a long prayer which consisted of 13 chapters which he titled Confessions. In it
he writes about his past restlessness and search for meaning in life.

In his Confessions, Augustine weaves together three major themes:
the restlessness of man, the mystery of God and human affection.
In the most famous quotation from the Confessions he writes:
Man wants to praise you, man who is only a small portion
of what you have created and who goes about carrying
with him his own mortality, the evidence of his own sin . . .
Yet still man wants to praise you. You stimulate him to take
pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.

We were created to have a relationship with God our creator.
How do we develop Intimacy with the Almighty?
Webster defines intimate as belonging one ...


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