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Month: January 2010

Living Well: A Blessing or an Achievement?

Living Well: A Blessing or an Achievement?

“Living well is the best revenge” is an old saying that encourages us to move on with our lives after disappointments and concentrate in living well. An online dictionary tells us that well-being is “The state of being healthy, happy, or prosperous; welfare”. Probably something we all want. The ways we think we can achieve it varies from person to person. Living well for me is living according to God’s will. This does not mean prosperous living but simple living….

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Simple Living: a Chore or a Privilege?

Simple Living: a Chore or a Privilege?

Is the call for simple living a chore or a privilege? Something you have to pretend you are doing or something that you embrace whole-heartedly? Simple living is not the easiest task to accomplish in our hectic world! Our attention as consumers is constantly wanted. It takes a lot of practice to succesfully navigate between needs and wants. It takes a lot of prayer to maintain a lifestyle that is focused on God and not on stuff. A God-loyal life…

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Joyful Living – a Sin or a Spiritual Fruit?

Joyful Living – a Sin or a Spiritual Fruit?

Is joyful living a sin? Is it wrong to have fun and enjoy life? Is it okay to love life? These are questions that used to haunt me as a teenager. I was on the verge of independence, eager to start out my own life. I had grown to love the Lord more than anything but I didn’t know if it was okay to have fun, enjoy life. I have a bubbly personality so this was indeed an important question…

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Living in the Presence of the Holy Spirit

Living in the Presence of the Holy Spirit

Father, Son and who? The Holy Spirit seems so untangible that sometimes we seem afraid of approaching the subject all together. But let’s check out what living in the presence of the Holy Spirit could be! Jesus told his disciples:”And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he…

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Receiving the Grace of Christ – Amazing Race or Amazing Grace?

Receiving the Grace of Christ – Amazing Race or Amazing Grace?

Is receiving the grace of Christ an amazing race or amazing grace? It is a relief to know it does not require to be the winner of the amazing race to receive the grace of Christ. There is nothing we can do to earn the grace of Christ. It is the amazing gift from God; it is amazing grace. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when…

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Knowing the Love of God

Knowing the Love of God

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is…

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Ponderings of an Almond Tree in Bloom

Ponderings of an Almond Tree in Bloom

I explained why my blog is called FLOWING FAITH in my previous post Flow, flow flowing faith. What about the rest of the title “Ponderings of an Almond Tree in Bloom”? The quote from “The Fratricides” by Nikos Kazantzakis – “I said to the almond tree: ‘Speak to me of God’ and the almond tree blossomed” – was given to me on my high school graduation day. I’ve always felt that I was an almond tree and my destiny was…

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Lectio Divina Revisited

Lectio Divina Revisited

Lectio Divina is Latin and means ‘divine reading’. It is an ancient way of praying with Scripture that promotes communion with God. Lectio Divina has four parts: Reading(Lectio), Meditating(Meditatio), Praying(Oration)and Contemplation(Contemplatio). I have always enjoyed tremendously any participation in Lectio Divina. But a couple years ago I had a chance to practice a modern version of Lectio Divina and that truly left me in awe. I will share the method here with you. You need a good study Bible with…

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A Book Review: Break Through by Marsha Crockett

A Book Review: Break Through by Marsha Crockett

A Book Review: “BREAK THROUGH.Unearthing God’s Image to Find the Real You” by Marsha Crockett (NavPress, 2008) This little book (128 pages)is much more powerful than it looks like. If you feel that you have a heart of stone and would like God to put a new spirit in you, this book is for you. Crokett says that even in the dark valleys the light of God’s fierce love breaks through with joy to transform your life and unearth the…

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GUEST POST "I Almost Lost My Faith" by Author Lynn Coulter

GUEST POST "I Almost Lost My Faith" by Author Lynn Coulter

A few years ago, I almost lost my faith. Seems I never had a strong hold on faith to begin with, despite all those mornings I showed up regularly for Sunday school and worship services. I just didn’t realize how weak it was until my family faced a series of crises. As our trials dragged on for year after year, stress and grief consumed me and left me wondering where God was, and if he really cared for us. I…

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