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Deciphering Christmas Carols

Every Christmas season I love singing the grand old Christmas carols. But there are always these strange lyrics that I don’t know how to pronounce or I just don’t know the meaning of the word. Usually in church or in the car I just keep singing confidentially as if I knew the word and the definition, when in fact I have no idea.

So, this leads me to begin to decipher some of the strange phrases and lyrics of the Christmas Carols. Because once you understand them it makes the song that much greater, plus you don’t have to freak out when you come to a word or phrase that you don’t know. My first Christmas Carol to decipher is, ‘O Holy Night.’

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, 

It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. 

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

This one phrase “error pining” has always been a mystery to me. In fact I never knew the word “error” was being sung, I just mumbled so similar sounding nonsense and kept right on singing. The one word that we need to define is “pining” because it’s not used in our 21st Century vocabulary.

Pining: to have a desire or longing for something.

So maybe we could translate the the lyric like this, “Long lay the world in sin and selfishness and loving it.” We all loved our sin and rolled around in it like a pig in slop, until Jesus the Messiah came and showed us a better way. He showed us the light of Life! 

The next verse is great, “Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.” I love it, but I am not exactly sure what that means. Any ideas on what this verse means? I looked for commentary online but didn’t find anything. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Merry Christmas,

Jon

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The Incarnation of Jesus

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I  have the opportunity to speak at Four Corners Church on Sunday November 30. There will be two services one at 9 am and the other at 10:45 am.  I will be speaking on “The Incarnation of Jesus.” I would love to see you there! Philippians 2 will be our text, Paul will be our guide and Jesus will be our model.

Philippians 2.1-11

“1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 

The Habit of Perfection

 

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This poem is titled, The Habit of Perfection and written by my new friend and teacher Gerard Manley Hopkins. The first 12 lines I love! I am still trying to understand better the remaining ones. It is an amazing picture of spiritual disciplines and what Jesus does when we carve time out of our day to honor and be with Him. It is one of my favorites so far. Enjoy and I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

The Habit of Perfection

Elected Silence, sing to me

And beat upon my whorlèd ear,

Pipe me to pastures still and be

The music that I care to hear. 

 

Shape nothing, lips; be lovely-dumb:

It is the shut, the curfew sent

From there where all surrenders come

Which only makes you eloquent. 

 

Be shellèd, eyes, with double dark

And find the uncreated light:

This ruck and reel which you remark

Coils, keeps, and teases simple sight. 

 

Palate, the hutch of tasty lust,

Desire not to be rinsed with wine:

The can must be so sweet, the crust

So fresh that come in fasts divine! 

 

Nostrils, your careless breath that spend

Upon the stir and keep of pride,

What relish shall the censers send

Along the sanctuary side! 

 

O feel-of-primrose hands, O feet

That want the yield of plushy sward,

But you shall walk the golden street

And you unhouse and house the Lord. 

 

And, Poverty, be thou the bride

And now the marriage feast begun,

And lily-coloured clothes provide

Your spouse not laboured-at nor spun.

Finding Your Place of Solitude

Where is your place of solitude?

Where is that place that you go to get away from people and noise. This spiritual discipline of solitude is in my mind one of the most important disciplines to practice. A place of quietness and loneliness is what we desperately need in our ipod/crowded culture.  Ipods and crowds are not bad, but they can distract us from Jesus and pull us off the Way very easily. We need something to dislodge us from these dangerous cultural paths.

This is where solitude comes in beautifully. Go and be alone. Take a Bible and journal, or perhaps you don’t want to take anything with you at all and just sit in the presence of Jesus. Go for it! What is important is that we “find a quiet place where we can read [or be] undisturbed (Foster, Life with God. 63).”

Some Solitude Spots:

Your couch at 6 am.
On your patio with a cup of coffee.
In your closet for 30 min.
In your car with the radio off meditating Psalm 23.
In a vacant parking lot during your lunch break with your Bible & journal.
By a creek with absolutely nothing.
Next to the waterfall in Allen (off Exchange behind some corporate buildings).
On a sidewalk at dusk praying for a clean heart. 
On a nature trail at sunrise (Mckinney has one off 75).
In a church sanctuary, laying on a pew.

Find your place of solitude and then GO there regularly.

“35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”

Mark 1.35

Choose

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Every morning I am faced with a decision. Will I get up early–early enough for some flesh to get crucified–or will I sleep in and fulfill the desire of my flesh? Will I spend a good portion of my morning setting my mind on Jesus or will I not?

Today I woke up early! Thank you Jesus! 

“1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

1 Peter 4.1,2

Jesus give me the grace to continue to choose to wake up early! You are better than sleep!

Crucify Me,
Jon
 

 

My New Friend Gerard

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Thanks to Eugene Peterson I now know of Gerard Manley Hopkins. I don’t like reading poetry, but then again I do. I do, if I understand it. That is the key. I find poetry so hard to understand; it really requires me to think and use a dictionary. I know this is good for me but like eating vegetables I don’t do it often. Poems, I have found are a lot like parables. Once you finally discover the author’s intention then you got it! You don’t have to memorize it; it’s in you! So without any further ado I give you Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Spring and Fall: To A Young Child

 

Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving?

Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can

you? Ah! as the heart grows older

It will come to such sights colder

By and by, nor spare a sigh

Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;

And yet you will weep and know why.

Now no matter, child, the name:

Sorrow’s springs are the same.

Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed

What heart heard of, ghost guessed:

It is the blight man was born for,

It is Margaret you mourn for.

 

Read in Text Flow

Read a brief bio of Hopkins

Read Trey’s Blog

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My good friend Trey had a great blog post yesterday and I wanted to encourage all to read it. It has to do with this years election and the greatness of Jesus and His kingdom. You will find the link below:

 

I Love Voting
http://redletterlife.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/i-love-voting/

A Word on the Incarnation

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“‘Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let Earth receive her King! Let every heart, prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing!’ So sings the grand old Christmas carol, with the implication that now, with the coming of Jesus into our world and our lives, things are going to be really different.

Dallas Willard
The Great Omission
Introduction 

I must tell you that I love the Christmas season! It is hands down my favorite with fall coming in a very close second. There are so many fun things to expect and enjoy: Christmas traditions, Christmas lights, hot chocolate, cold weather (maybe snow), Christmas music, Christmas carols, and of course presents!

These are wonderful things, but I must tell you this is not the main reason I love the Christmas season. What fills my heart with joy and will at times bring me to tears is the incarnation of the Son of God: Jesus of Nazareth.

As we approach the Christmas season my hope is that I can keep the incarnation fixed in my mind–everyday. It is a mystery and a miracle; God entered human flesh and human history.

Perhaps He would consider entering my sin-polluted flesh, since He entered our sin-polluted world?

I think that is what the good news is all about!

Now, I am not going to look past all of the other great things about Christmas, but I am going to enjoy them, knowing that they are only shadows and reflections of the true greatness of Christmas: Immanuel, Go with us.

Kindle Afresh

Hey Everybody!

Kori and I are excited to have you all over on Thursday night! I am going to be leading the discussion so I have provided some scripture and talking points for everyone to look over before Thursday.

2 Timothy 1.6-10
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love anddiscipline. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 

10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

 

Paul encourages Timothy to kindle afresh the gift God has given him. How do we kindle God’s gift? What is God’s gift?

Verse 1.9 reads ‘not according to our works.’ How do we differentiate between works & kindling? 

My Kindling Idea

Praying the Psalms Aloud.

 

“The Scriptures, read and prayed, are our primary and normative access to God as He reveals Himself to us. The Scriptures are our listening post for learning the language of the soul…they also provide the vocabulary and grammar that are appropriate for us as we in our turn speak to God. Prayer detached from scripture, from listening to God, disconnected from listening to God’s word to us, short circuits the relational language that is prayer.”

That is why we pray what we read. Prayer is the way we work our way out of the comfortable but cramped world of self and into the self-denying but spacious world of God. It’s getting rid of self so we can be all soul–God aware, God-dimensioned.”

Eugene Peterson
Eat This Book
Pg 104,108

 
Suggested Psalms:

Psalm 100: Thanksgiving
Psalm 51: Repentance
Psalm 148: Praise and Thankfulness
Psalm 62.5-8: Resting in God 

 

 

I Can’t Stop Reading Peterson

I try to always keep Eugene in my regular reading schedule. The good news is he has plenty of books to last me decades. The new book I am reading is Under the Unpredictable Plant. It is an exploration in vocational holiness. As always Eugene is after bringing Christ into the everyday-ness of our lives and not just in services or sermons.

“The conditions in which we must aquire a spirituality for our vocation–an interior adequate to the exterior–are, it must be admitted, not friendly. Our vocations are bounded on one side by consumer appetites, on the other by a marketing mind-set…I do not find the emaciated (obviously thin), exhausted spirituality of institutional careerism adequate. I do not find the veneered, cosmetic spirituality of personal charisma adequate. I require something biblicaly spiritual–rooted and cultivated in creation and covenant, leaisurley in Christ, soaked in the Spirit.”

Under the Unpredictable Plant
Eugene H. Peterson
Pg 4,5 

Faith and Hearing. What’s the Deal?

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“1 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

There is this phrase that runs through many of Paul’s letters that is juxtaposed with trusting in the Law to save you or perfect (sanctification, spiritual formation, holiness, etc) you. That phrase is hearing with faith. That phrase annoys me because it is sounds so passive! (and maybe it is). So this post is mainly about this phrase and how passive/active it is.

The Galatian followers of Jesus got blown way off course by the Loyal Jews. Not only were they trusting in circumcision to be the defining mark of God’s people, but also we hear that they are trusting in their achievements of the Law to spiritually transform them into the image of Christ, rather than the Spirit of Christ. So this letter is all about getting them back on course.  The end of the first verse is great. “You saw Jesus ruthlessly murdered.” That was His reconciling work to bring you into a new birth–not the Law. When you receive the Spirit that means you have a new life pulsing inside of your mortal body. That is by grace and I imagine a total joy for God to do it! 

So this leads us to this phrase, “hearing with faith.” Let me give you Eugene Peter’s translation from the Message…

“Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? “

I think that is a good translation. So what exactly are we hearing? News! Good news for that matter. The good news is that the kingdom of God is here and open to all who will through a simple trust turn from their old life and walk into this new life. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The King of this kingdom died for all of his subjects to free them from the fear of death, and thus you are never going to experience death. Also he experienced resurrection and so will you; a new body is coming that will have nothing to do with sin. No habits of lust, arrogance, and pride. All you have to do is have faith.

So hearing is pretty passive, but faith is not. Faith is active. Faith is a mustard seed becoming a massive tree. Faith is a small piece of leaven permeating an entire loaf of bread.

Faith is not just hoping holiness will happen. Faith is not just waiting for spiritual transformation to occur. Faith works. (James 2.14-26)

Faith is a gift no doubt, but that doesn’t make it passive.  If I give a basketball as a gift to my nephew Cade, I am hoping that it doesn’t just sit on his shelf. I want him to dribble, dunk and shoot. Wouldn’t it be awkward though if I came by to see him and I was uneasy that he was practicing his moves. What if I said, “Cade let’s put the ball up on the shelf, this is a gift; I don’t want you to lose it or hurt yourself. I just wanted you to have, look and admire it.” I would be a terrible uncle. When I give Cade a basketball I want him to use it; and when God gives you faith He wants you to use it!

But how?  Dallas Willard helped me tremendously one evening in Houston when I heard him say, “Grace is not opposed to effort; it’s opposed to earning. Effort is action and earning is an attitude.” 

So what were the Galatian disciples doing? They were earning! 

If we ever think we have earned faith then we need a loving but serious rebuke from other disciples of Jesus. If we ever think that we earned the results of faith such as love, joy, peace, etc then we need a loving but serious rebuke from other disciples of Jesus. All is a gift! All is grace! Jesus came here on his own initiative! He choose the cross, not me! He decided to give me the kingdom, not me! Thank you Jesus! 

Earning means what I am doing requires compensation. God never compensates but gives freely. He owes us nothing, but has chosen to give us everything.

So, maybe what Paul is saying is something like this, “You did not earn Jesus reconciling work on the cross, you responded to it. You do not earn the Spirit’s reforming work in your soul, you only respond to it. You respond repentantly, gladly, joyously, you become a disciple of Jesus. You begin practicing spiritual disciplines not out of legalism but loyalty. You devour Jesus words in the gospel accounts not as a rule but because your in a relationship.

So, hearing with faith means we hear the news and we shoot off like a rocket. Trusting Jesus to complete what He started; He’s faithful and maybe we can be too.

By the way, I could be completely wrong so drop me a comment if you think I am totally nuts.

Seek the kingdom,
Jon

Book Review: Eat This Book

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Eat This Book
Eugene H. Peterson 

Wow! This is one of Peterson’s best books hands down, definitely when it comes to the Spiritual Theology series. This book is only 176 pages and it is packed with incredible insight into our scriptures. I want to highly recommend this book to all who have a serious desire to read and devour Scripture.

The book is broken down into 3 sections, Eat this Book, Lectio Divina and The Comapny of Translators.

The “Eat This Book” section is really dedicated to coming to the understanding, that we shouldn’t use or think about the Bible as “Having and defending and celebrating, but instead receiving, submitting to, and praying the Bible.” What Eugene is trying to do is help us remove the “Holier-Than-Thou” mentality that comes with the Bible, and see it as a book for the common everyday man or woman. Peterson is perfect for this as he says, “for over fifty years I have been vocationally involved in getting the Christian scriptures into the minds and hearts, arms and legs, ears and mouths of men and women.”

But he says that he has not found this an easy task. The main problem is people don’t read the Scriptures to live, they read for information. One of his greatest analogies is of a dog eating and chewing and burying a bone so he can do it all over again the next day. He says that is the way we should read our Bibles, chewing, biting, burying, over and over.

The second section of the book is dedicated to Lectio Divina. Which he defines as, “a way of reading that guards against depersonalizing the text into an affair of questions and answers, definitions and dogmas. It is really good. He helps dust off some of the Catholicism that people tend to associate with  that style of reading the Bible. I think most Protestants will be pleasantly surprised. 

The final section is called The Company of Translators. It gives concise and informative history behind some of the translations and translators of history. He gives great lesson on translation 101. He also shows how translation is not just about matching words in dictionaries but into languages. He makes a compelling argument for paraphrasing, and his reasoning for writing the Message (a ten year project). I was a skeptic of the Message, but now I see why he wrote it and why it is important to the Christian community.

I really can’t say enough good things about this book. I give it 5 stars! I highly recommend it to you! Go out and get a copy today.

Thanksgiving on My Mind

This morning I was looking through the Psalms for a prayer of thanks. I have found that letting a Psalm be my prayer and speaking it out loud to God is a great way to pray! (Special thanks to Eugene Peterson for teaching me this in his book, Eat This Book) And so when I am covered with sin I pray Psalm 51 and when I am in filled with thanks I pray Psalm 100. Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is on the horizon I decided to put Psalm 100 to memory.

I just wanted to encourage everyone this Thanksgiving season to look past the turkey and football and reflect on the goodness of God. Look where He has brought you this year. He has not abandoned any of us. He is great! I will leave you with Psalm 100. My favorite part is the connection with Psalm 23. There is a place with green pastures and my Great Shepherd Jesus is making me rest there. I hope as we all enter the Thanksgiving season we will submit our bodies, minds and hearts to the Great Shepherd and find those green pastures.

“1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. 
    Serve the LORD with gladness;
         Come before Him with joyful singing. 
    Know that the LORD Himself is God;
         It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
         We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 
    Enter His gates with thanksgiving
         And His courts with praise 
         Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 
    For the LORD is good;
         His lovingkindness is everlasting
         And His faithfulness to all generations.”

 

Seek the Kingdom,
Jon

Intention

“It was this…intention that made the primitive Christians such eminent instances of piety, that made the goodly fellowship of the saints and all the glorious army of martyrs and confessors. And if you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.”

William Law
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

What a Disciple Does

   3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;
         The LORD hears when I call to Him. 
   Tremble, and do not sin;
         Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 
   Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
         And trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4.3-5

It is great to know that the God has always been looking for disciples. A disciple is someone who has decided that the most important thing in their life is to be with Jesus, learning to be like Jesus. And this verse shows many, many things that are happening in a disciple’s day-to-day life.

Godly men and women is what God is after and He will accomplish his purpose no doubt. I looked up that word ‘godly’ in the Hebrew language and it means someone who is pious, or kind. God is calling people through His Son Jesus to be set apart. Set a part in the Hebrew means simply, distinct. We should be incredibly distinct but not dogmatic. Distinct means especially easy to perceive. So our lives should be quite obvious to everyone that something is different, but we shouldn’t become legalist, pharisees, or defenders of truth and Christianity. We should be kind. We should be pious. Pious means we show reverence for deity. Pious is not bad, its the people who claim piety that make pious a dirty word.

We should look like the fruit of the Spirit. And that is what we are hoping and praying for as we follow Jesus and trust the Spirit to transform us inwardly, so that our character is reformed and then our behavior will be reformed–not the other way around.

“The Lord hears when I call to Him.” How often am I calling to Jesus? I should be in a daily dialogue, a constant communion with Jesus. Reading, listening, speaking, and obeying.

“Tremble and do not sin.” Disciples are not perfect. In fact we never will be until we see Jesus face to face, however that doesn’t mean we can behave licentiously. We should tremble before we sin, as we sin, and after we sin. We may not tremble so much in the actual doing of sin, but we should tremble before when the temptation sets in and after as the conviction becomes apparent. One mark of the disciple is to be agitated with sin, to quake or quiver.

“Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.” Meditation is rumination. It’s kind of like looking in the attic for something. You are in a confined space and your attention is focused on one thing. Maybe it is a scripture verse, a phrase from an old hymn or perhaps a quote from a devotional book. Whatever it is we are running it over and over in our minds. Looking at every angle, trying to understand every aspect, not letting it go. Of course we are still this entire time. Stillness is badly needed and held in contempt by the 21st century.

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness.” What are we sacrificing? How many sacrifices can you count that you have made this past year, month, week or morning? While we are certainly not killing any animals or building in altars in our backyard, I still think we have to find ways to sacrifice. Our money is a good start. Let’s give away our time to Jesus, children, addicts, elderly, etc. Let’s sacrifice some of our food and fast. There are so many things!

“And trust in the Lord.” What does doing all of these things mean for the disciple? It means we trust the Lord! We actually trust Him with real stuff not just with our fickle and failing words. These are the things trust are made of. Jesus give us the grace to become your disciples and follow hard after you!

Seek the Kingdom
Jon

Pray What We Read

“The Scriptures, read and prayed, are our primary and normative access to God as He reveals Himself to us. The Scriptures are our listening post for learning the language of the soul…they also provide the vocabulary and grammar that are appropriate for us as we in our turn speak to God. Prayer detached from scripture, from listening to God, disconnected from listening to God’s word to us, short circuits the relational language that is prayer.”

That is why we pray what we read. Prayer is the way we work our way out of the comfortable but cramped world of self and into the self-denying but spacious world of God. It’s getting rid of self so we can be all soul–God aware, God-dimensioned.”

Eugene Peterson
Eat This Book
Pg 104,108

My Favorite Verses from Proverbs 20

3 “Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.”

7 “A righteous man who walks in his integrity–How blessed are his sons after him.”

13 “Do not love sleep, or you will become poor.”

30 “Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.”

 

Jesus, give me your wisdom. Teach me how to become wise and live from the inside out your Proverbs. Give me the grace to follow you closer and listen to you better. Forgive my apathy and sluggishness. Call me to follow you! Let me hear your voice and walk. Thank you Jesus. I love you and will follow you. 

Your Friend,
Jon

Paul’s Cross

This was Paul’s cross.

“I speak as if insane–I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.”
2 Corinthians 11.23-27 

What’s your cross?

The Great River of Life

“When we come to the Bible expectantly, attentively, and humbly, we will experience the joy of losing ourselves in the great river of Life that is Life indeed. That is what the Bible is all about: human life eternally bound up in divine Life.”

Life with God
Richard J. Foster
Pg. 35 

This Hour Can Be Heaven

I would like to highly recommend this book to all. If you have struggled with how to keep your mind fixed on Jesus, then this is the book for you.  It is an amazing tool in helping you accomplish that purpose. There are many things that I have already put into practice from this book and it is helping me gain ground. This book is personal and practical. It contains, first, letters from Frank Laubach to his dad and then his other small book, Game with Minutes. So you have the opportunity to see Frank’s heart behind his method. I will leave you with an excerpt from his letter dated March 9, 1930…

“Clearly, clearly my job is not to go to the town plaza and make proselytes, it is to live wrapped in God, trembling to His thoughts, burning with His passion. And, my loved one, that is the best gift you can give to your own town. I look up at this page and it is not red hot as my soul is now. It is black ink. It ought to be written with red ribbon. You will not see the tears that are falling on this typewriter, tears of a boundless joy broken loose.

The most wonderful discovery that has ever come to me is that I do not have to wait until some future time for the glorious hour. I need not sing, ‘Oh that will be glory for me’–and wait for any grave. This hour can be heaven. Any hour for any body can be as rich as God!” 

Letters by a Modern Mystic
Frank C. Laubach
Pg. 13,14