3 Responses to “Philippians Chapter 3: Paragraph 1 & 2”

  1. Pastor Jeremy

    Feb 19th, 2010

    Lectio: knife-happy
    Meditatio: How often have I gotten caught up in the “rules” or “doctrine” of Christianity? I’ve argued over water baptism, the rapture, hell, salvation, evolution, the atonement, the virgin birth, heaven, Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, free will, other religions, election, baptism in the HS, you name it, I’ve probably gotten blue in the face over it. At some point, surely this stuff doesn’t matter. I guess, some of it does, but really?
    I’m dark on the inside. Truly dark. I’m evil, lustful, sinister, snide, sarcastic, crude, obnoxious, impatient, hateful, short, argumentative, gossiping, impulsive and angry when left to myself. But something happened when I started a relationship with Jesus. He started to rub off on me. I don’t have the power to change myself, but when I get around him, I get better. Certainly I have a million miles to go, but I’ve come 2 million! I don’t want to be knife-happy anymore, I want to allow Jesus to change every part of me. Rules and doctrines mean little, if anything. Allowing Jesus to change you is immeasurable.
    Oratio: Jesus, rub off on me. Speak freely, challenge deeply, look thoroughly- I am dark and you are the only one that can change that. I can’t- I’ve tried. You have permission… if you needed it.
    Contemplatio: I feel grateful. Jesus’ constant pursuit of me is obvious, his motive behind that pursuit is mysterious.

  2. Madi

    Feb 19th, 2010

    Lectio: Observer

    Meditatio: I talk a lot. So observing isn’t something I do. When Paul says he was a meticulous observer of God’s word.. it makes me think.. to get into an intimate relationship with God.. that I shouldn’t only read his Word,But Like Observer it. and act the Way Jesus did. I’ve got to study deeper into the bible.

    Oratio: God, help me not only to read your word, but observe it. I want to understand you in a deeper way! I want God thoughts. I want to go deeper in your Word than ever before! Help me find my quiet place with you!

    Contemplatio: excitement!

  3. Brack

    Feb 19th, 2010

    Lectio: purity

    Meditatio: This word makes me feel guilty, for many reasons. It makes me scared when we talk about it, like I want to sink into my chair and hide behind the person in front of me and never lock eyes with anyone. Talking about purity basically means talking about my guilt… Hm, Planetshakers song “all i want is you” just popped up in my head, “You take away my guilty stains the things Ive done that I can’t change, only by the power of your name.” total God moment just happened 3 seconds ago! You know what, I can’t change my past, but I can change the decisions I’m making now to lead me to a bright future that won’t lead to guilt and shame! I can start over, pure. Start a clean slate, white as snow. Two words… LOVE IT!

    Oratio: God, really? why are you so awesome to me?! I can’t get enough of you, I want more. I’m desperate for more. It’s just that I don’t deserve you, your blessings, or your forgiveness, but there you go again, just being you, the loving person you are. I need you so bad. Help me set boundaries, keep me on the road that makes me stay pure, guard my thoughts and my heart, guard them will all you have and I’ll help guard with all that is in me. I wanna do this thing right, my hearts fallen for a dumb guy that could give a less rip about you, I know you know my emotions toward him, help me stop letting him get to my brain and heart, his “I love you”’s can never compare to yours. Help me stay pure- purity is what I aim for. Like Rita Springer put it “I’m desperate in seeking, frantic believe, the sight of your face is all I need, and I believe this, its going to be worth it all.” You never fail, never. I love you, keep close to me- I’m in such need for you and your love.

    Contemplatio: I’m so thankful, God sure does know how to work the ol’ pumper…

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