Spiritual Rhythms for a Successful 2019

Spiritual Rhythms for a Successful 2019

Have you heard of the term "Circadian Rhythms"? The idea behind the circadian rhythms is that we're designed to have 24-hour rhythms in our physiology and metabolism. This innate 24-hour cycle tells your body when to wake up, when to eat, and when to fall asleep. Studies show that chronically disrupting this rhythm could be a recipe for all kinds of health problems. A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align ourselves with our circadian rhythms. 

Advent: Peace

Advent: Peace

The word peace in the Hebrew Scriptures is the word "Shalom." Shalom means infinitely more than just the absence of conflict. Shalom means "wholeness" or "completion." Shalom includes perfect justice. Shalom is the way things should be--the way everything should be. When Shalom reigns, you and I become the way we ought to be, the way we were created to be. Every single one of us knows we are not currently the best versions of ourselves, somehow incomplete. Wherever did we get the idea that we are meant to be better, more whole? Wherever did we get the idea that the world, as it now is, is not as it ought to be? Yet, the idea is indelibly imbedded on our hearts. 

Advent: Joy

Advent: Joy

We all know this thing called joy exists. We're all actively or passively, consciously or subconsciously, seeking it. Not just pleasure, when it feels good. Not just happiness, when things are good. But joy, a transcendent bliss. No matter what, your mind is at peace and your heart is full. We've all experienced those glimmers of transcendent joy; the problem is, they fade. Thus, what we're really longing for isn't just joy, but an everlasting joy. This is actually how Scripture defines true joy -- everlasting. If it isn't everlasting, it isn't joy, but just a higher level of happiness. 

Advent: Love

Advent: Love

What's your favorite thing about the Christmas season? Is it the sounds of tinkling bells or the scent of spices and Christmas trees? The Christmas music on the radio? Is it all the sales? Or perhaps it's the free pass to eat all the sugar ever? (diets starts January 1st). Is it the memories that are conjured up or the new ones made? 

Advent: Hope

Advent: Hope

If you were raised in a Christian family, you probably know the “Christian mom” go-to move to help a child in a moment of despair. Maybe you were stressed about a relationship, you didn't know what to do with your life, or you just didn't feel happy––and what advice did she give you? “You should pray about it. Trust God.”

Loving Authority

Loving Authority

We live in a culture where the only authority that matters, is the authority of self. We subject every external authority to the supreme court of our feelings and intuition. We are told to "question authority," and partially for good reason. We've become disillusioned by disgusting abuses of power: political scandals, corporate corruption, even sexual abuse at the hands of priests. "Authority" has become synonymous with "authoritarianism."  

Fighting Fire with Fire

Fighting Fire with Fire

I'm sure you've heard of the devastating wildfire still raging in Northern California. The so called "Camp Fire" is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. It has destroyed over 9,800 homes, as it has scorched 146,000 acres, with only 50% contained. The death toll has risen to 71, with 1,011 people unaccounted for, as of today. We must pray!

The #1 Spiritual Growth Secret

The #1 Spiritual Growth Secret

What is the best way to grow spiritually? Reading the Bible? Memorizing Scripture? Going to church? Serving at church? Studying systematic theology? Praying more often? Attending Christian conferences? 

These are all great spiritual disciplines and will certainly deepen your faith. However, there's something even more powerful to deepen your faith!