The Lost Art of Meditation
by Jesse Hendley
If you have your Bible, turn with me to Psalm 1, please. You know, it is wonderful to reach out and touch God! I am speaking to you on spiritual things, deeply spiritual things. Here is a poem by Frederick William Henry Meyers, and it is called, The Inner Light. There are six verses to this poem, but the fourth verse contains four lines that are very blessed, that stand out as we think today on Meditation. Whoso has felt the Spirit of the Highest Cannot confound, nor doubt Him, nor deny. Yea, with one voice, 0 world, though thou deniest, Stand thou on that side, for on this am I.
Meditation (1 of 3)
by Kerry Shook
''Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.'' Psalms 1:1-3 (NIV) The Benefits of Meditation A secure mind - A productive life - A fresh faith - 1. THE SOURCE IS SCRIPTURE
Meditation and the Battle of the Mind (14 of 18)
by Eddie Snipes
The mind is the guardian of the heart. This is why we are commanded to renew our minds daily111. We are also instructed to do this by washing and renewing in the Word of God112. The Bible speaks much about renewing the mind and not allowing ourselves to be conformed to this world. The corruption of the world around us is inescapable. It's impossible to live without being exposed to the influences that challenge our walk of faith. Even driving down the highway exposes us through billboards, signs, and even vehicles painted with seductive advertisements. Radio, TV, and everyday life challenges the moral standard of the Christian life. For this reason, we must be active in our spiritual state of mind.
Blessed Is the Man Who Lives by the Book (2 of 6)
by Ken Trivette
Outline 1) A GUARDED LIFE A) A Progressive Decline That Is Illustrated B) A Perpetual Defense That Is Indicated 2) A GUIDED LIFE A) His Pleasure in the Word B) His Pondering over the Word 3) A GLADDENED LIFE A) A Planted Tree B) A Prosperous Tree 1) Last week we began to look at a phrase that is found on several occasions in the Bible. It is the phrase ''Blessed is the man.'' In this phrase we find the secrets to real happiness. The word ''Blessed'' speaks of a tremendous and intense happiness. The order of the Hebrew language in the sentence emphasizes the happiness. You could translate the words, ''O, how exceedingly happy is the man.''
The Crowd and the Compass - Part Two (2 of 8)
by Larry Osborne
REPLAY: THE POWER OF THE CROWD ~ Psalm 1:1 THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT SPIRITUAL GROWTH If I'm velcroed to the Bible and other Christians, I'll have what I need when I need it. THE POWER OF THE CROWD Matthew 9:10-14/ Proverbs 13:20 Associate with everyone. But hang with those who make you better. We inevitably become like those we hang with. The Key Question: Where do I turn for advice and approval?
The Gift of His Word (1 of 3)
by Johnny Hunt
Introduction: The greatest revelation of God is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.Two of the most popular words in the Christian vocabulary are bless and blessing. God wants to bless His people. He wants us to be reciepients and channels of blessing. God blesses us to make us a blessing to others, but He has given certain conditions for receiving blessings. Note the first and last words of Psalm 1 indicate the alternatives. Blessed is the righteous person who delights in God's law; the ungodly, on the other hand, will perish. In handling these 2 themes, the author is anticipating what Jesus Himself was to teach, that men and women are either on the broad road that leads to destruction or on the narrow road that leads to life (Matthew 7:13,14).
Right Living Begins with Right Thinking
by Robert Walker
A number of years ago, the news media picked up the story of a woman known as ''Garbage Mary.'' She lived in a smelly Chicago tenement amid mounds of garbage. She spent her time rummaging through trash cans. She would bum cigarettes off her neighbors. Police took her to a psychiatric hospital after she was stopped for questioning and found to be in a confused state of mind.
Think on These Things
by Jesse Hendley
Right thinking produces right actions! If you have your Bibles, turn with me, please, to Philippians 4:8. Above everything else today in this troubled world many people are thinking about PEACE. This great letter of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians is one of the most comforting passages I know anything about for born-again Christians. The Book of Philippians, particularly the fourth chapter, deals with the VICTORY of the people of God.
Hidden in the Heart
by Robert Walker
The subject that predominates the longest psalm in the Psalter is the writer's reference to the Word of God. In these verses there are six synonyms used for the Word of God: God's ''testimonies''- (v2), ''precepts''- (v4), ''statutes''- (v 5), ''commandments'' - (v 6) and ''judgments'' (v 7). All of these are gathered up in the key-verse of this study- Psalm 119 verse 11.
Treasuring the Word
by Johnny Hunt
INTRODUCTION: One of the great challenges of life is that of eating right and exercising regularly. It seems that the most difficult part is that of initiative. The Bible teaches that at salvation, our dear Lord gave us a new heart. ''I will...take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.'' (Ezekiel 11:19) It is now your responsibility to care for the heart during this earthly pilgrimage. Failure to do so will drastically reduce your quality of life, both physically and spiritually, and may even reduce your life.
An Invitation to Worship
by Claude Thomas
We receive many types of invitations -- invitations to weddings, graduations, anniversaries. Most often the invitation is to a special event of some nature. The Psalmist viewed worship as a very special event. Psalm 95 is a Psalm inviting the people of God to the special event of worship. Follow along as I...
From the Mire to the Choir
by Ken Trivette
Psalm 40 has been called "The autobiography of Jesus." It is one of the Messianic Psalms and Psalm 40 depicts his death and declares His resurrection from the dead. But it also could be called the "autobiography of the believer." It is a story that we all could tell. It depicts our past life and describes our present life. It tells us...
Sources of Security: Character
by Tony Nester
I heard about a sales manager who was standing in front of a map on which he had placed a colored pin for each sales representative in the company and their territory. He turned to one salesman whose sales numbers weren't meeting up to his expectations and said, "I'm not going to fire you, Cartwright, but just to...
Getting Ready for Jesus
by James Merritt
Everywhere you go you can see it, hear it, smell it, and feel it. You can see the bright colorful lights draped around trees, mantles, doors, awnings, even bushes. You can smell the scent of freshly cut cedars, firs, spruces, and pines. You can hear the jingling of bells, the singing of carols, and the ringing of...
Adjusting Our Focus
by John McKain
They called him "Charlie Hustle." Rookie of the year in 1963. Most valuable player in 1973. In 1978 he had a 44 game hitting streak. He has played more games, had more at bats, and more hits than any other player in the history of baseball. He may some day be inducted into the hall of fame, but it is ...
Focus on the Goal (8 of 10)
by David Cawston
There is a document from back in 1915 when Citibank was a one building bank on a corner of a New York city street, with just a handful of employees. But Citibank set for themselves an aspiration for the future. Here was their goal that hung on their wall: We want to be "the biggest, the most pervasive, the...
Focus on Jesus (5 of 29)
by Robert Dawson
One of the struggles our kids have is just staying focused on that task at hand. Their minds flit from one thing to another. If you send them to clean up their room and then go check on their progress - you need to go check on their progress - what you often discover is that little progress is being made. Rather than cleaning their rooms they are in...