Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Life Apps - part 1

We've started a new sermon series called "Life Apps". For four Sunday's we will be looking at ways we can become better at listening to and talking with God. This past Sunday, Caz talked about Lectio Divina, or 'divine reading'. This is a way of reading the Bible and letting God speak to you through the scripture passage.

Here's how you do it:
1) Get in a comfortable, quiet place where you won't be interupted for 10-15 minutes. Pray for God to be present with you.
2) Read the chosen scripture passage (2-3 verses) once. Think about which word or phrase catches your attention
3) Read the passage again. Think about how that word or phrase applies to your life currently.
4) Read the passage a third time. Listen for what God might be calling you to realize, change, or act upon in your life.

Pretty easy, huh? It can also be pretty profound. I have yet to do this and not feel God speaking to me through the verses.

Today, I want you to practice Lectio Divina. If a certain passage pops out at you when you open your Bible, great, do it with that verse. If it doesn't, try this one.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Have a great conversation with God!