I offer here in the last week of 2020 a retrospective, as though looking in the rear view mirror, at the year behind, with a 2020 vision, reviewing the blogs I’ve posted on this site this past year. In a year filled with turmoil and disruption, pain and loss, distress and uncertainty, I’ve focused my writing upon personal ways to draw nearer to God.
I’ve offered 14 Contemplative Spiritual Disciplines, lived by the greatest saints and heroes of scripture and church history.
I’ve presented 14 Ways to Grow in Christ, patterns for spiritual growth in our Lord presented by the Covenant Church, the international denominational body with which I am affiliated.
I’ve also presented 14 Hidden Treasures, word studies in the New Testament, unearthing wonders or treasures from the Greek New Testament.
I hope these have been of encouragement to you. You are welcome to forward any or all of these to friends and family members. And may your life continue to draw near to God as we enter by faith, hope and love into 2021.
14 CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
- Enjoy a monastic retreat.
- Care of the sick.
- Pray the Psalms.
- Lectio Divina: meditate on Scripture
- Pray the Jesus Prayer
- Practice the presence of God
- Spiritual Direction
- Writing a Rule of Life
- Slowing Down
- Listening to God through Creation
- Practicing Sabbath Delight
- Reading the Bible
- Praying the Scripture
- Telling Your Story
- Praying Your Community
- Reviewing Your Day
- Walking With God
- Making Commitments
- Keeping a Spiritual Journal
- Becoming Spiritual Companions
- Mentoring Children
- Developing Racial Righteousness
- Choosing to Give
- Worshipping with Children
- Using a Rule of Life
14 HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Word/Phrase in English Word in Greek New Testament
- Treasure thesaurus Matthew 13
- Make disciples matheteusate Matthew 28
- Abide meinate John 15
- Wonders terata Acts 2
- Made right dikiaoo Romans 1
- Comfort paraklesis 2 Corinthians 1
- Fruit karpos Galatians 5
- One another allelous Ephesians 4
- All things panta Colossians 1
- Fan into flames anazopyrein 2 Timothy 1
- Greater than (HE>I) kreitton Hebrews 1
- By faith pistis Hebrews 11
- In his steps ichnesin 1 Peter 2
- Revelation apokalypsis Revelation 1