Prodigal God

Here’s a renewing Scripture meditation on the most compelling story about God in the Bible — the greatest short story ever told anywhere — Jesus’ “Parable of the Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:11-32). The parable is misnamed – the real Prodigal in the story is God! Prodigal means “wasteful, lavish spendthrift.” Sure enough the son squanders his inheritance…

Enjoy the Hospitality of the Trinity (with Rublev’s Icon)

Welcome to the embrace of the Trinity! I invite you to enjoy with me this beautiful ancient painting by Rublev and experience the hospitality of the Trinity. Let’s enjoy the love of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Let’s open our hearts to the Lord as we meditate on Rublev’s icon… Yes, Lord, I want to sit…

Spiritual Disciplines List

Insights and Applications From The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard This Spiritual Disciplines List features some main disciplines for life in Christ with concise definitions for each. We call these “spiritual disciplines,” but the activities are physical, not spiritual. They are bodily activities that can engage and effect our whole person (Romans 12:1-2). So a more accurate…

The Lord is My Shepherd All Through the Bible

I lead a retreat called “A Walk with Good Shepherd.” I developed this in 2004 and have used it many times since then, most recently with a group at the Prince of Peace Abbey. You can use this handout to guide you in a time of Scripture meditation and prayer for a personal retreat or…

Electric Bible Passages for Scripture Memory

Most Scripture memory programs focus on verses, but it’s far more helpful to memorize longer portions of the Bible, focusing on special passages. The Benefits of Scripture Memory All of the Bible is inspired by God and authoritative to guide our lives under the Lordship of Christ. But some passages (like the ones below) are especially electric! These…

Breath Prayers from the Psalms

The Psalms are the Bible’s prayerbook. It teaches all kinds of prayers for all kinds of situations. One type of prayer in the Psalms are short phrases repeated meditatively. I call these “Breath Prayers from the Bible.” They’re also “Prayers of the Heart,” “Abiding Prayers,” “Centering Prayers,” or “Arrow Prayers.” Here are some of the Breath…