Abide: Engage Through Art

Apr 4, 2020 | |Dr. Phil Collins

Combining visual arts and the inspired words of the Bible can help you slow down and encounter the God of the Bible in a new way....

Abide: Praying Scripture

When asking Christians of different ages and spiritual maturity levels what they believe is the best way to grow as a Christian, a common answer is “pray and read the Bible.” That’s a good answer. Engaging the Bible and praying are the primary methods for developing a deepening relationship with God. While many tend to ...

Abide: Journaling Scripture

Mar 3, 2020 | |Dr. Phil Collins

Journaling Scripture is distinct from journaling to record daily life. A Scripture journal is not meant to be primarily a diary or a log of daily events. Though all journaling is useful for general mental health and spiritual growth, journaling can become richer when integrated with Scripture. Journaling Scripture helps you to reflect on a ...

Abide: Picture It

Mar 3, 2020 | |Dr. Phil Collins

Too often we think of imagination as child’s play, something to be forgotten upon reaching adulthood. Yet God gave us our imagination as much as He gave us logic and reason. The Picture It method of Scripture engagement (also called the Ignatian method, Imaginative contemplation, imagination technique, “if-you-were-there,” or guided imagery meditation) gives you the ...

Abide: Contemplate

The Scripture engagement practice called Contemplate is an intimate way of communicating with the Lord (it has been traditionally called Lectio Divina or “divine reading”). All too often in prayer and worship, we talk to God but don’t give Him a chance to communicate back to us. Contemplate is a tool to help us use ...

Somewhere Between Yesterday’s Tragedy and Tomorrow’s Triumph

Your Encouraging Word fromMax Lucado’s Encouraging Word Bible, NIV How far can we go with verses like this one: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)? Does “all things” include tumors and tests and tempers and terminations? John ...

4 Passages to Spark Your Spiritual Growth

Arrested development isn’t an option for followers of Christ. We have a sacred responsibility to mature continuously in our faith, to become more Christlike, to grow more attuned to God’s will. Maintaining a spiritual status quo does no one any good. The Lord urges us to dive deeply into Scripture so that we can become ...

The New Year Game Plan

If you’ve ever been unsuccessful in an attempt to read through the Bible in one year, you probably know that Leviticus is where it starts to go wrong. Genesis is action-packed and full of familiar stories and people. The same goes for Exodus—most of it, that is. And then comes Leviticus. And somewhere among the ...

Celebrate Christmas All Year

The celebration of Christmas is a bittersweet experience for many people. We get caught up in the excitement of the season. We fill our December with church events, work parties, family gatherings, and shopping excursions. We embrace the spirit of the Advent. Our anticipation builds as Christmas Day approaches. But it all comes to end ...

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

It’s hard even for us, these many centuries later, to wrap our heads around it: A Holy God loves us so much that He chose to become human; walk among us yet remain sinless; die a ghastly death in our stead; resurrect; and ascend to heaven where yet today He sits at the right hand ...