Jamie Nicholas - Office Manager

A friend wrote in a group chat, “Another reason, God is good.” Instantly I thought about my life. Did my lifestyle show His goodness? I really pondered this. Does my life illuminate His joy? Do my children see His grace flowing through me? Do I forgive my neighbor? As believers, we have this great gift of understanding His good news and it changing our lives. In Colossians, Paul writes a specific prayer that really speaks to life. “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” Colossians 1:9b-11 (NIV)

Jeff Benz - Elder

I’ve recently added a new practice to my morning routine. Two minutes of silence in a comfortable chair. I use the timer on my cell phone to mark off the time. I encourage you to try it for a week. During that time (two minutes is good, but you can start off with a shorter interval) close your eyes, think about God, speak to God, maybe say “Jesus” over and over, maybe hum a few bars of a worship song. The devotional book that got me started on this discipline says it’s good for cultivating a posture of attentiveness and surrender and allows God access to the innermost parts of your life. I find it gets me in touch with God’s heart; in silence He reminds me who He is and who I am to Him. After the two minutes, read something from the Bible. I think you’ll find yourself more receptive and focused. After that, talk to God about what’s on your mind and what you hope the day will bring. If you see me in church next week, let’s compare notes on how it’s going. 

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