This year I would like to encourage our English congregation to PLAN well and often (weekly) our quiet time. The planning should be done on Sunday evening or Monday morning. The following three means of grace are recommended: memorization, prayer, and study/meditation.
1) The plan is to memorize one verse per week.
The verse of the week will be posted on this website (to the right), and it will also be printed on the Sunday bulletin. The first verse is from Joshua 1:9.
2) The plan is to pray daily for the Church around the globe. The information for our daily prayer can be found at Global Prayer Digest: http://www.global-prayer-digest.org/.
3) For personal study we are planning to study and meditate on What Jesus Demands from the World.
This can be done in two ways. One can read the gospels and jot down Jesus’ demands, and then meditate on them. Or – one can study and meditate on John Piper’s book: What Jesus Demands from the World. The book can be found in electronic format at the following link: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/OnlineBooks/ByTitle/1822_What_Jesus_Demands_from_the_World.
I strongly encourage the congregation to participate in this quiet time project prayerfully and joyfully. It is for our growth, for God’s glory, and for our JOY.
May God bless our planning and give us the grace to persevere on the path of obedience.
P.S. Let’s not forget that Jesus demands from us to LOVE Him and to love God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” So help us God.
Please note that I have included on the previous post the clip about LOVE (as mentioned in the last message) from Fiddler on the Roof.
Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ demands to love Him (Matthew 10:37 and John 8:42), and to love God with all our capacities (Mk 12:30).
It is rather common for many to think that love is a verb and a commandment since feelings cannot be commanded. In other words, “love must simply be an act of the will or a deed of the body without involving the emotions or affections.”
According to John Piper, the premise of this argument is false: “Jesus does command the feelings. He demands that our emotions be one way and not another.”
Thus, there are examples where he commands us to rejoice (Mt. 5:12), to fear the right person (Lk 12:5), to forgive from the heart (Mt 18:35), and so on. (more…)