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An Experiment in Sabbath: Resting

The Practice Church Podcast

Release Date: 10/03/2022

Walking in the Beginning show art Walking in the Beginning

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This is the start of a recurring series, in which we will be walking in the story of Scripture. As we slowly and reflectively walk through the story, we hope to experience scripture in a fresh way. We want to develop eyes to see the intricate work of God in creation and encounter our wonderful God as we walk with the story. This week, we start at the beginning in Genesis one. Dr. John Walton will help us reflect on the theme of order and disorder. This theme is carried all throughout scripture and is essential for us to understand.  For some additional resources, please visit our . If The...

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The Practice of Study: In Spirit and in Truth show art The Practice of Study: In Spirit and in Truth

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We don't often think of study as a spiritual practice, but it can be. Seeing study as a spiritual practice helps us to move beyond acquiring or accumulating knowledge so that what we learn leads us to wonder and worship. This week, our good friend, Carolyn Arends, encouraged us to see study and contemplation as 'fraternal twins.' Each is incredibly important, but they are much better together.  For some additional resources, please visit our . If The Practice Church has been meaningful to your journey, would you consider a tax-deductible gift? You can give at  

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The Practice of Study show art The Practice of Study

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We don't often think of study as a spiritual practice, but it can be. Seeing study as a spiritual practice helps us to move beyond acquiring or accumulating knowledge so that what we learn leads us to wonder and worship. This week, Eric Case encouraged us to recognize truth is not an axiom, but a person. How will we respond to truth, when Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." For some additional resources, please visit our . If The Practice Church has been meaningful to your journey, would you consider a tax-deductible gift? You can give at  

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The Practice Church: A Simple Vision show art The Practice Church: A Simple Vision

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This week, we took time to explore the vision of The Practice Church. Many of us have been formed by our church expereinces to believe a vision should focus on big impact and influence, but what if God is inviting us to something simpler and much more important? For some additional resources, please visit our . If The Practice Church has been meaningful to your journey, would you consider a tax-deductible gift? You can give at  

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What Kind of God: Shepherds show art What Kind of God: Shepherds

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The season of Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. We prepare our lives to receive God: in the reality of the incarnation, in this present moment, and in the age to come. In our Advent series, we will explore how God comes into the lives of various people in the story, and we will prepare ourselves to encounter God in similar ways in our lives today. This week, we examined the shepherds and their experience of the extraordinary breaking into the ordinary in Luke 2. For some additional resources, please visit our . If The Practice Church has been meaningful to your journey, would...

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What Kind of God: Mary show art What Kind of God: Mary

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The season of Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. We prepare our lives to receive God: in the reality of the incarnation, in this present moment, and in the age to come. In our Advent series, we will explore how God comes into the lives of various people in the story, and we will prepare ourselves to encounter God in similar ways in our lives today. I am really excited about how this series has come together, and I cannot wait to engage this holy season with you. This week, Nicole helps us consider the role of Mary, and ask the important question, "What will we do when the story...

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What Kind of God? Elizabeth show art What Kind of God? Elizabeth

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The season of Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. We prepare our lives to receive God: in the reality of the incarnation, in this present moment, and in the age to come. In our Advent series, we will explore how God comes into the lives of various people in the story, and we will prepare ourselves to encounter God in similar ways in our lives today. I am really excited about how this series has come together, and I cannot wait to engage this holy season with you. This week, Deirdré guided our exploration of Elizabeth's role in the story and invited us to encounter God's gaze of...

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What Kind of God? Isaiah show art What Kind of God? Isaiah

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The season of Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. We prepare our lives to receive God: in the reality of the incarnation, in this present moment, and in the age to come. In our Advent series, we will explore how God comes into the lives of various people in the story, and we will prepare ourselves to encounter God in similar ways in our lives today. I am really excited about how this series has come together, and I cannot wait to engage this holy season with you. This week, Dan Crumrine guides our exploration of Isaiah and how we can prepare to encounter God in the waiting. Dan...

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Practice: Slowing to Hear God show art Practice: Slowing to Hear God

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This guided practice was a part of our  on 11.20.22. In this gathering, we seek to cultuvate a conversational intimacy with God through silence and listening prayer. A tax-deductible gift can be given to The Practice Church at   

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Hearing God: Slowing to Hear God's Voice show art Hearing God: Slowing to Hear God's Voice

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Cultivating a conversational intimacy with Jesus is essential in our desire to be formed by Jesus to be like Jesus for the sake of the world. And yet, many in the church today are convinced that either God doesn't speak to them, or they cannot hear God. Our prayer for this series is for each of us to have a greater sense of how we most often hear God so we might grow into a deeper life with God. What if we cultivated a life in which we listened to God in the midst of our ordinary day so we might deepen our friendship with God? This week, Alan Fadling encouraged us to slow down to hear God's...

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In a culture dominated by busyness, the Christian practice of Sabbath cultivates an important and counter-cultural rhythm orienting our whole lives around the presence and kingdom of God. A Sabbath rhythm is woven into the fabric of creation and creates space for connecting with God, ourselves, and one another. When we intentionally rest from work, productivity, and striving, we open ourselves to God's profound and personal love. What if a regular rhythm of resting from all the ways we try to earn love is the best way to learn and know deep in our souls that God loves us?

This week, we specifically considered the resting component of a Sabbath practice. (We'll talk about the connecting component next week.) How might our ceasing of work, productivity, and striving make space for us to know how deeply we are loved?

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