We Glorify Your Name... But Only On Sundays Before The 9 To 5
We’re looking for holy moments in the darkest nights we’ve lived in We’re hoping for drastic devotions to inhabit the prayers we’re praying We’re holding fast to the hope that You will come again We’re looking to the skies and praying that the words You said were true That all You said was true
Faith is such a disaster Hope in love keeps us moving faster Towards the perceptions of a better tomorrow We’re looking to the sky
We’re creating emotions with crescendos and anthem songs We’re reaching out for truth we won’t apply if the preacher goes long We’re lying with every single word we sing We’re not really believing in anything We’re not believing in anything
Faith is such a disaster Hope in love keeps us moving faster Towards the perceptions of a better tomorrow We’re looking to the inside
We need to be broken so Spirit come close Light a fire in our bones so the whole world can know Your glory and liberation through the pain in our souls Because You’ve got some work to do with these breath and bones
So scrape out the veneer that’s filling our veins Rebuild with the blood of the Son and the Father’s mercy, and grace Make all things new Make all things new Make all things new
The Voice: New Testament - A Review for BookSneeze
The Voice is not to be confused with the popular vocal talent competition reality TV show. The Voice is a fresh way to look at timeless truth. As with every new translation or paraphrase of the Scripture a new audience is the target. There’s a hope that with each new translation or paraphrase that it will speak a clearer idea of truth in the pages of scripture. The Voice takes an interesting spin on this and looks at the over arching narrative. The Voice reads much like a screenplay for a dramatic production. It’s in a common voice and separates the dialogue and monologue out from the actions of those involved. It’s beautifully done and is only the beginning. While The Voice is currently only available in the New Testament editions, an edition including both the Old and New Testament portions of the Scriptures will be available soon to the public.
I enjoyed reading The Voice. It won’t take the place of my study or devotional translations, but it’s great for public reading or to see a passage in a new light. I recommend it if you like paraphrases such as The Message: Remix and the like.
PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION: The Voice™ Bible translation is a faithful dynamic translation of the Scriptures done as a collage of compelling narratives, poetry, song, truth, and wisdom. The Voice calls the reader to step into the whole story of Scripture and experience the joy and wonder of God’s revelation. Created for and by a church in great transition, The Voice uniquely represents collaboration among scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists, giving great attention to the beauty of the narrative. The heart of The Voice is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts. This translation promotes the public reading of longer sections of Scripture—followed by thoughtful engagement with the biblical narrative in its richness and fullness and dramatic flow.
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Ordering Your Private World by Gordan MacDonald - NET OUT
Ordering Your Private World is a book that I first read in college for a course in discipleship. I remember skimming through it and writing enough about the chapter headings to get a decent grade on the paper. Yet there were moments all through college and through other mentoring relationships that I’ve been in where the book kept coming up. Obviously again it has come up in this mentoring group. My biggest regret is that I didn’t read this book in its entirety sooner.
Ordering Your Private World speaks to the core of the inner life, or as the author calls it, the private world. It’s from this place of personal private life management that everything in the public world is affected.
Every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber, one has some day to cry aloud from the house-top.
I think the section of the book that spoke the most to me would be the section on time management. In conjunction with the life goals I’ve recently been writing out, and this new stage of life I’m in with Rylee Kate and being a father, a husband, and having a new job in a new state… I’m being forced to learn how to better manage my time, not only during the 9-5 but also at home. I know that if I am not managing my time well at home, then I will miss out on some of the most memorable times in my life.
The author sums this up well in this quote:
Disorganized Christians rarely enjoy intimacy with God. They certainly have intentions of pursuing that camaraderie, but it never quite gets established. No one has to tell them that time must be set aside for the purpose of Bible study and reflection, for intercession, for worship. They know all of that. They simply are not doing it. They excuse themselves, saying there is no time, but within their private worlds they know it is more a matter of organization and personal will than anything else. If I am in a state of disorganization, the quality of my personal relationships usually reveals it. The days pass without a significant conversation with my son or daughter. My wife and I will be in contact, but our conversations may be shallow, devoid of self-revelation, and unaffirming. I may become irritable, resenting any attempt on her part to call to my attention things I have left undone or people I appear to have let down. The fact of the matter is that when we are disorganized in our control of time, we just don’t like ourselves, our jobs, or much else about our worlds. And it is difficult to break the destructive pattern that settles in.
When I am disorganized in budgeting my time at home then my time at work suffers. When I am disorganized in budgeting my time at work, my home life suffers. Mostly when I am disorganized in budgeting my time with God in solitude, every area of my life suffers. It’s easy to get caught up in one area of life or the next and neglect that time. I believe that’s what the enemy desires the most, my time captured by something else. My attentions and affections wrapped up in a false idol of time.
Ordering Your Private World is necessary. It’s not just necessary for leaders. It’s necessary for everyone.
“We all go through periods of dryness in our prayers, don’t we? I doubt whether they are necessarily a bad symptom. I sometimes suspect that what we feel to be our best prayers are really our worst; that what we are enjoying is the satisfaction of apparent success, as in executing a dance or reciting a poem. Do our prayers sometimes go wrong because we insist on trying to talk to God when He wants to talk with us? Joy tells me that once, years ago, she was haunted one morning by a feeling that God wanted something of her, a persistent pressure like the nag of a neglected duty. And till mid-morning she kept on wondering what it was. But the moment she stopped worrying, the answer came through as plain as a spoken voice. It was “I don’t want you to do anything. I want to give you something”; and immediately her heart was peace and delight. St. Augustine says, “God gives where He finds empty hands.” A man whose hands are full of parcels can’t receive a gift. Perhaps these parcels are not always sins or earthly cares, but sometimes our own fussy attempts to worship Him in our way. Incidentally, what most often interrupts my own prayers is not great distractions but tiny ones-things one will have to do or avoid in the course of the next hour.”—C.S. Lewis
“Silence is not native to my world. Silence, more than likely, is a stranger to your world, too. If you and I ever have silence in our noisy hearts, we are going to have to grow it … You can nurture silence in your noisy heart if you value it, cherish it, and are eager to nourish it.”—Wayne Oates Ordering Your Private World (Kindle Locations 1471-1473). Kindle Edition.