How is your spiritual escrow account of faith these days? Has it been suffering along with the economy and causes you sleepless and stress-filled nights? And, if your spiritual escrow account of faith is deficient, why is that? Has it been dormant lately like those accounts the bank finally closes because of no activity? Has it simply been neglected? Is it time to make some deposits?
As we read the scriptures and the life of Jesus we soon come to realize a very important pattern. Between every major thing that Jesus did in his life, and in his ministry, he stopped to go off and pray. There was preparation; there was a connection to the one who is the Source of all good. Before we can see the creation of God all around us we must prepare ourselves to recognize that creation. It will never exist for us unless we choose to experience it. Our choosing to experience it begins with a connection that plugs us in and creates our willingness to allow God to speak to us. That happens when we stop, pause, slow down, and turn to God. The more we connect, the more we can experience. The more we experience, the more the power of God can move in and through our lives. Our time with Spirit/God in prayer and meditation opens up our awareness to a new life of beautiful possibility.
Why wait until there is a crisis to realize your faith is lacking? Make an intentional practice of spending time each day (even if it is only a few minutes) in silent contemplation of the presence of God. Begin to build your faith and trust in the one in whom all things are possible. What you will soon discover is that God’s creation all around you grows with new meaning.
“In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1: 35)
Affirmation: “God and I are an awesome team. God creates – I experience.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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