Draw Near Disciplines - Giving

Draw Near Disciplines - Giving

July 25, 2018

Giving can far too easily be separated from visible results. We just drop some money in the plate at church and go our merry way. But giving should evoke a much deeper connection. It is easier to be a cheerful giver when we see direct and immediate results from our giving.

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Draw Near Disciplines - Thankfulness

Draw Near Disciplines - Thankfulness

July 25, 2018

Many people view worship in a very formal sense, as something that takes place at church on Sunday morning while singing. The Bible talks about worship as something that can be done all the time.

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Draw Near Disciplines - Imaginative Prayer

Draw Near Disciplines - Imaginative Prayer

July 25, 2018

In this method of prayer, we move from thinking about Jesus, to experiencing him. God gave us five different sense, yet when we pray we typically don’t use any of them. Imaginative prayer, developed by Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s, is a method of prayer where we place ourselves in the midst of a scene from the Bible, and try to get as close as we can to actually being there.

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Draw Near Disciplines - Lectio Divina

Draw Near Disciplines - Lectio Divina

July 24, 2018

Lectio Divina, Latin for Divine Reading, is a technique formalized in the 12th century that combines reading, prayer, and meditation into one simple process. All too often we separate these things; we read our bible some, then we pray some, but we don’t necessarily view them as a unified process. Lectio Divina is more about listening to the word of God rather than just reading it.

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Draw Near Disciplines - Silence and Solitude

Draw Near Disciplines - Silence and Solitude

July 24, 2018

We can’t hear God speak very well if we are always talking. Silence is essentially a fast from speaking, an intentional time of peace. But it isn’t just external speaking that we need to calm, it is also about calming the internal thoughts and worries that constantly run through our heads.

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Draw Near Disciplines - Fasting

Draw Near Disciplines - Fasting

July 24, 2018

Fasting is a well documented biblical practice that is surrounded by confusion and questions, but what is clear is that there is a strong biblical foundation. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. Moses fasted for 40 days on the mountain. Daniel fasted. King David fasted. And many other biblical figures also fasted.

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