Friday, June 20, 2008

Personal Devotions

a Biblical thought...
So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. (Gal 3:9)

a Book thought...
Baby Boomers (1946-64)are members of the lead generation, which is the generation that sets the agenda for the entire nation. (p89 McIntosh)
a Dave thought...
Personal devotions are often stressed as an essential part of our spiritual development, and something I certainly find helpful myself. However I have discovered that many Christians are made to feel guilty because they don’t get up early to pray everyday or they don’t have a regulated devotional time.
In cell this week we looked at the passage in 1 Timothy 4:7 where Paul says, ‘train yourself to be godly.’ We each shared what we did in our own lives to communicate with God and it looked very different amidst our group. It was great to hear diverse ideas from listening to Light FM to prayer jogging and that many would prefer to share regular times with one or two others rather than just solo.
It seems through our eagerness to encourage believers to spend time reading their bibles and praying by themselves everyday it ends up like a ritual for many who just end up going through the motions, but when they stop they feel guilty. So maybe rather than going through the motions or feeling guilty it is time to be creative and find new ways to spend time with God. Surely making the time personal is not as essential as making it purposeful.

Just a thought.

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