「深思細想」“Take & Read”

 

Quotation

“Scriptures seem clear enough about the importance of crucifying our sin nature (Romans 8:13). But attempts to eliminate things that we find in our self that we do not first accept as part of us rely on denial, not crucifixion. Crucifixion should be directed toward our sin nature. And we must first accept it as our nature, not simply human nature. Only after we genuinely know and accept everything we find within our self we begin to develop the discernment to know that what should be crucified and what should be embraced as an important part of self.”

 

~David G. Benner, “The Gift of Being Yourself”, InterVarsity Press (2004, 2015), p.54-55

 

Bible Reading: Romans 羅馬書8:13

 

Quotation

"...it would be healthy for every congregation to periodically (say, every five years) declare that all programs and activities stop and only be started up again if it can be demonstrated that they are in fact accomplishing their biblical purpose. Perhaps we ought to do the same with our own personal lives. Periodically stop everything and only start up that which keeps us in relationship with Jesus and fulfills his purpose for us. Strengthen what remains."

 

~Darrell W. Johnson, "Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey through the Book of Revelation", Regent College Publishing (June 1 2004), p.101.

 

Bible Reading: Luke 路加福音 12:35-37

 

 

Quotation

"’Head and hair … white like wool, like snow.’ The words declare the agelessness of Jesus Christ. He was there before the beginning; He will be there after the end. He is here in the middle. He has been around to see it all: the rise and fall of ancient Assyria and Babylon and Persia; the rise and fall of Greece and Rome; the rise and fall of the world-dominating empires of Spain and Britain. He has been around and watched the assent and collapse of ideologies: of Apartheid, Marxism, Darwinism. Rulers have had their day. Systems of thought have had their day. But He keeps on standing!"

 

~Darrell W. Johnson, "Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey through the Book of Revelation", Regent College Publishing (June 1 2004), p.44

 

Bible Reading: Revelation 啟示錄 1:14

Quotation

“This folk song [Der Mond ist aufgegangen] is typical, beginning as a paean to the beauty of the natural world, but soon turning into a meditation on mankind’s need for God and finally into a prayer, asking God to help us ‘poor and prideful sinners’ to see his salvation when we die—and in the meantime here on earth to help us to be ‘like little children, cheerful and faithful.’”

~Eric Metaxa (2010). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Thomas Nelson. Kindle Location 645.

 

Bible Reading: Matthew 馬太福音 19:14

 

Quotation

"God wants mystical union, yet this mystical union is not merely a felt oneness of interior experience, but a real harmony of all experience, every aspect of our lives: personal, doctrinal, social, ecological. God desires that we share in the divine life so fully that our very actions and character display the divine: a ‘mystical life.’"

~Evan B. Howard. ‘Mysticism’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.183.

 

Bible Reading: Ephesians 以弗所書 3:14-21

Quotation

"I rejoice to see this historical rediscovery, although it implies that we also need to become more spiritually discerning of all the past follies of the church. This need was well summarized by an old friend, Richard Halverson, chaplain to the United States Senate, who used to say: ‘Christianity was birthed in Palestine soil to become relational; then it developed in the Greek lands to become philosophical; in the Roman world it expanded to become institutional; then in the Anglo-Saxon world it became cultural; and now, in the American economy it has become an enterprise!’"

 

~James M. Houston. ‘The Future of Christian Spirituality’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.238.

 

Bible Reading: Philippians 腓立比書 1:9-11

 

Quotation

"At conversion a person is made alive in Christ through the grace of the Spirit. This experience of the justifying and renewing grace of God is one wherein a seed of the life of God is planted, so to speak; and the Christian is called to nurture and cultivate this seed, to grow up in the grace of God that has been planted in the human heart (1 Peter 1:22–2:3)."

 

~Gordon T. Smith. ‘Contextual Spirituality’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.224.

 

Bible Reading: 1 Peter 彼得前書 1:22–2:3

 

Quotation

"Central to Christian spirituality are relationships: the relationship of Christians with God, one another, and others. The biblical command to love God and neighbor expresses well this relational core in Christian living. How relationships are expressed depends very much on cultural notions and standards. In some cultures, maintaining smooth interpersonal relationships is of utmost importance, to the extent of denying tensions in a relationship and bending truth to service the relationship. In other cultures, this would be seen as a dangerous compromise and inauthentic. How does one learn to speak the truth in love? There are as many answers as there are cultures…"

 

~Robert M. Solomon. ‘Contextual Spirituality’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.207.

 

 

Bible Reading: Mark 馬可福音 12:30-31; Ephesians 以弗所書 4:15

 

Quotation

“Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it his way and in his time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling him both how and when to do it. That is not hoping in God but bullying God. I pray to GOD-my life a prayer-and wait for what he'll say and do. My life's on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.” 

 

~ Eugene H. Peterson. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. IVP Books. 2000.

 

Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 歷代志上 16:11

Quotation

"The work of artistry then, gives us a picture of the spiritual life itself, a powerful analogy of the work God’s Holy Spirit is bringing about in us. As the Spirit transforms us “into [Christ’s] likeness with ever-increasing glory” (2 Cor. 3:18), the ordinary stuff of the world—our own humanity—is taken up, beautified, and sanctified in the praise of God. In the spiritual life, we creatures offer ourselves to God to be filled with his presence; and without any diminishment of our humanity or individuality, we are made whole and perfect. So then, while the arts are a perennial dimension of human devotion, it is ultimately the Spirit who is the great artist, and his surpassing masterpiece is men and women remade in the image of the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ."

 

~Steven R. Guthrie. ‘Music and the Arts’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.189-190.

 

Bible Reading: Exodus出埃及記 35:35

Quotation

『「我真是苦阿! 誰能救我脫離這取死的身體呢?(羅馬書 7:24 ) 」… 這段經文的重點是「能」和「救」,答案也很清晰,就是只有基督能救我。靜下來藏在磐石穴中,的確是重要的操練。然而,被救,看見生命的傷痛、罪過和裂痕,去到主前、聆聽到主的聲音,被衪撫平,那種平靜更要成為日常的操練。』

 

~蔡貴恆,崔妙姗. 遇見盼望. 基道出版社(2018) .  p.1-4.

 

Bible Reading: Romans 羅馬書 7:24 

Quotation

“According to Albert Einstein, ‘The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.’ Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit paleontologist, said, 'Less and less do I see any difference between research and adoration.'”

 

~Barbara Brown Taylor. The Luminous Web. Cowley Publications, 2000. p.100.

 

Bible Reading: Psalm 詩篇 104:24-25

Quotation

 

“The whole of a person’s life consists in a series of balanced responses to this Transcendent-Immanent Reality. Because we live under two orders, we are at once a citizen of Eternity and of Time. Like a pendulum, our consciousness moves perpetually – or should move if it is healthy – between God and our neighbour, between this world and that. The wholeness, sanity, and balance of our existence depend entirely upon the perfection of our adjustment to this double situation; on the steady alternating beat of our outward adoration, and our homeward-turning swing of charity. Now, it is the outward swing which I want to consider: the powers that may be used in it, and the best way in which these powers may be employed.”

 

~Evelyn Underhill. ‘What do we mean by prayer?’. Devotional Classics. Eds. Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith. HarperCollins, 2005. p.95.

 

Bible Reading: Luke 路加福音 5:15-16

Quotation

 

「對於基督徒而言,心靈札記就是我們在朝聖路上與主相遇相交的親身經歷,透過回想、禱告、反省等,我們把抽象而雜亂的思想和感受真誠地記錄下來,從而讓我們更認識神、認識自己、以及我們所處的環境對我們的意義。因此,寫心靈札記是一項屬靈操練,就像禱告、默想、獨處一樣,目標是深化我們與神的關係。當我們恆切記錄心聲時,你會發現自己對於內心的境況會愈來愈敏感;我們一方面運用左腦,把豐富但混亂意念慢慢組織起來,同時運用右腦,以細膩的感情或創意,一一記錄下來。」

 

~蔡貴恆崔妙珊合著.都市人的靈命塑造.天道書樓有限公司.p.120-121.

 

Bible Reading: Psalm 詩篇 119:18

Quotation

 

「在心靈深處集中的禱告,在傳統中常被稱為「歸心祈禱 」(Centering Prayer),是無言的、集中的。而當我們發覺思緒煩亂、 使我們不能集中時,我們就在心中默默的以聖言來安定自己在神面前。...最初學習歸心禱告的人,可能需要稍用意志來幫助自己突破久被思想或感受影響及紛擾的心靈。但當我們操練純熟時,就不單發覺以愛回歸到心中是何等輕而易舉的事,並且明白心靈深處實在是神聖的中心。」

 

~蔡貴恆崔妙珊合著.都市人的靈命塑造.天道書樓有限公司.p.109.

 

Bible Reading: Romans 羅馬書 8:26-27

 

Quotation

 

「要讀好聖經,簡單來說是要左右腦並用、 主客觀調和。 但深入一點看, 這更是身心靈的共同參與的歷程以達到一整全的了解。 所謂整全的讀(holistic) 是要從文法、歷史、文學等角度 ,再加上實踐及靈修的眼光來發現聖經的真理。 在此過程中又牽涉到一整合的操練。 所謂整合的讀(integrative) 就是經過客觀的反省、 主觀的感應體會、 並在安靜中禱告細味的學習。」

 

~蔡貴恆崔妙珊合著.都市人的靈命塑造.天道書樓有限公司.p.82.

 

Bible Reading: Hebrews 希伯來書 4:12

 

Quotation

 

"In their totality, the diverse definitions of prayer served up by devoted Christian prayers of all centuries envision a dynamic, transformative, dialogical relationship between humans and the triune God, one to which humans are graciously invited by God."

~Glen G. Scorgie and Kevin S. Reimer. ‘Spirituality in Community’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.166.
 

Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 歷代志下 7:14

 

 

Quotation

 

‘They speak luminously of prayer as a “dialogue with God” (Clement of Alexandria), a “continual intercourse of the spirit with God” (Evagrius of Pontus), “raising of the mind and heart to God” (Augustine of Hippo), an “altar to God in your mind” (John Chrysostom), “formal words or expressions” (Martin Luther), a “special friendship” (Teresa of Avila), “always believing” (E. M. Bounds), a “deepening of the soul’s unseen attachments” (Evelyn Underhill), “the real I who speaks” (C. S. Lewis), “the highest form of communication” (Ellul), an “attentiveness to God’s Spirit” (Wendy Wright), an “inner Sabbath” (Marjorie Thompson), a “way of living in awareness of the Presence” (Richard Rohr), a “currency of a relationship” (Philip Yancey), a “daring venture into speech” (Eugene Peterson), a “remedy for world-weariness” (Emilie Griffin), “an exploration of all our faculties as channels towards God” (Margaret Hebblethwaite), a “homesickness for God” (James Houston), and a “human readiness to hear” (Simon Chan).’

~Glen G. Scorgie and Kevin S. Reimer. ‘Spirituality in Community’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.166.

 

Bible Reading: Matthew馬太福音6:5-15; Luke路加福音11:1-13

Quotation

 

“A great simplicity of heart underlies and sustains a contemplative prayer. That allows us to surrender ourselves to God, letting ourselves be borne toward Him. This process of self-surrender may be sustained by simple songs, repeated over and over, such as: 'My soul finds rest in God alone.'”

~Brother Roger of Taizé. (2007). Praying in Silence of Heart, Ateliers et Press de Taizé (GIA Publications, Inc.), p.87.

 

Bible Reading: Romans羅馬書 8:26-27

 

Quotation

 

“God of all loving, as we seek You with confidence, we wait for even our inner contradictions to open to the presence of Your Holy Spirit.”

~Brother Roger of Taizé. (2007). Praying in Silence of Heart, Ateliers et Press de Taizé (GIA Publications, Inc.), p.50.

 

Bible Reading: Hebrews 希伯來書 11:1

 

Quotation

“Contemplation means living what we read, not wasting any of it or hoarding any of it, but using it up in living. It is life formed by God’s revealing word, God’s word read and heard, meditated and prayed. The contemplative life is not a special kind of life; it is the Christian life, nothing more but also nothing less. But lived.”

~Peterson, Eugene H. (2006). Eat This Book. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, p. 113.

 

Bible Reading: Mark馬可福音 12:30-31

Quotation

“The concept of boundaries comes from the very nature of God. God defines himself as a distinct, separate being, and he is responsible for himself. He defines and takes responsibility for his personality by telling us what he thinks, feels, plans, allows, will not allow, likes, and dislikes… In the same way, he gave us ‘likeness’ (Gen. 1:26), he gave us personal responsibility within limits. He wants us to ‘rule and subdue’ the earth and to be responsible stewards over the life he has given us. To do that, we need to develop boundaries like God’s.”

~ Henry Cloud & John Townsend. Boundaries. Zondervan, 1992. p.32-33.

 

Bible Reading: Genesis 創世記 1:26

 

Quotation

“Formative reading requires that you approach the text in humility. Read as a seeker, not an expert. Don’t demand that the text meet your expectations for what an 'enlightened' author should write. Humility means accepting the author as another imperfect human, a product of his or her own time and situation. Learn to celebrate what is foundational in an author’s writing without being overly disturbed by what is peculiar to the author’s life and times. Trust the text as a gift from both God and the author, offered to you for your benefit – to help you grow in Christ.”

~ John Woolman. Walking Humbly With God. Upper Room Books, 2000. p.69

 

Bible Reading: James 雅各書 4:10

Quotation

“If we deny the existence of darkness within ourselves because we think we are pure, then the light cannot come into us. So too, if we think we are only darkness, unworthy of God, we close up in our darkness; we cut ourselves off from the light and prevent it from entering into our lives.”

~ Jean Vanier. Befriending the Stranger. Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005. p.55.

 

Bible Reading: John 1:1-5 (MSG)

Quotation

'When Eve quotes God’s words back to the evil one, she, having begun to become suspicious of God, leaves out “free,” and says we are not to eat or “touch” the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and says that is “in the middle.” Not so, the tree of knowledge of life is in the middle, not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She “moves it” to the middle, making it problematic. The implication being she is becoming suspicious that God is withholding something she and Adam need in order to be fully human.'

~ Darrell W. Johnson. Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer. Regent College Publishing, 2005. p.95

 

Bible Reading: Genesis 2:9 (NKJV)

 

Quotation

“If theological reflection is an openness of one’s mind to God’s truth and wisdom, spiritual formation is the openness of one’s heart in gratitude to God and God’s people.”

~ Henri Nouwen, Michael J. Christensen, Rebecca J. Laird. Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit. HarperCollins. (2010). p.22.
 

Bible Reading: Colossians 歌羅西書 2:6-7

Quotation

“Contemplative prayer depends on the growth of faith, hope, and divine love and deals with the purification, healing, and sanctification of the substance of the soul and its faculties.”
~ Keating, Thomas. Open Mind Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel. The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. (2003). p.6.

 

Bible Reading: Ephesians 以弗所書 1:18-23; Acts 使徒行傳 21:12-14

 

Messages Received - Thank you!

 

姓名 Name: Alan Choi

留言 Message: Keating's understanding of contemplation incline towards the apophatic tradition. I think we have to direct others to also focus on reading as well as applying the Scriptures. Thanks very much!

Sent on: 6 August, 2018

Quotation

“As we do the work God has laid out for us, we always work within the larger framework of the community and fellowship we are a part of. We do not go off in a corner and do something creative. The dominion mentioned in Genesis 1:26 is meant to be exercised in a community of love, not in individual dominion. We find our delight in our friendships with other people, which moves us toward the trinitarian nature of human community.”

~ Willard , Dallas (2012). Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, IL: IVP Books, p.75.~ Willard , Dallas (2012). Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, IL: IVP Books, p.75.

 

Bible Reading: Genesis 創世記 1:26

 

Quotation

"Ancient Christian leaders were convinced that more than intellectual prowess alone was necessary to approach and worship the mystery of God; the wonder of the incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of the Son of God; the intricacies of human relationships; and the complexities of the created order. Holy living, disciplined thinking, feasting upon Christ in the Eucharist, keen observation of human society and the natural world, and continual prayer were key aspects of ancient Christian spirituality’s approach to growing into the truth."

~Christopher A. Hall. ‘Ancient Christian Spirituality (AD100-600)’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.102.

 

Bible Reading: Hebrews 希伯來書 4:12

Quotation

"Heart pondering is noticing what arises in our depths in response to something – feelings, memories, longings, hopes, and fears. This is what Mary the mother of Jesus did at the Annunciation when she pondered what she had heard from the angel in her heart. Mental pondering adds enormous value to normal thinking but heart pondering broadens both the inner reflective space and the tools you bring to the pondering. Don’t settle for mental pondering. Begin to also learn and practice heart pondering.”

~David G. Benner, Living Wisdom: Acquiring the Mind and Heart of Christ (2018, Cascadia Publications, Toronto, Canada), available as a free PDF download from www.drdavidgbenner.ca, p.12-13.

 

Bible Reading: Luke 路加福音 1:46-55

Quotation

"The wise development and nurture of key virtues, such as patience, holiness, stability, self-control, gentleness, kindness, perseverance, discretion, and peace (cf. Gal. 5:22)—all summed up in the word love—were viewed as essentials in spiritual development. The healing and union of the mind and the heart—the intellect and the affections—enabled Christians to move ever more deeply into the mystery of Christ, “in whom,” as Paul puts it, “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3)." 
~ Gordon T. Smith. ‘Education and Spiritual Formation’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.79.
 

Bible Reading: Galatians加拉太書 5:22-26; Colossians歌羅西書 2:2-3

Quotation

 

“Jesus did not just quote Scripture and tell people to obey it. In fact He did so rarely, and even then often gave it an unexpected twist. He realized that the secret of desiring something lies more in the imagination than the will. So He constantly worked on people’s imagination. He was a master of the dramatic action and the apt reply. He did and said eminently memorable things that gripped hearts and minds. In all this He had one overriding aim. He stated it at the very beginning of His ministry after His temptations: 'The time has arrived; the kingdom of God is upon you. Repent, and believe the Gospel' (Mark 1:15)."
~ Ford, David F. (1997, 2004). The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, p.66-67.

 

Bible Reading: John 約翰福音 3:1–21

Quotation

 

"Ancient Christian leaders were convinced that more than intellectual prowess alone was necessary to approach and worship the mystery of God; the wonder of the incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of the Son of God; the intricacies of human relationships; and the complexities of the created order. Holy living, disciplined thinking, feasting upon Christ in the Eucharist, keen observation of human society and the natural world, and continual prayer were key aspects of ancient Christian spirituality’s approach to growing into the truth." 

 

~Christopher A. Hall. ‘Ancient Christian Spirituality (AD100-600)’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.102.

 

Bible Reading: Hebrews 希伯來書 4:12

Quotation

 

“The ideal for hearing from God is finally determined by who God is, what kind of beings we are and what a personal relationship between ourselves and God should be like.“


~ Willard , Dallas (2012). Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, IL: IVP Books, p.34.
 

Bible Reading: Psalm 詩篇 32

 

Messages Received - Thank you!

 

姓名 Name: Rita Cheng

留言 Message: Dear Lord, if I just try to figure out who You are and understand you only by my knowledge and mind, try to gain more attention and affection from you by "doing more” and/or “doing better”, you probably become a God whom preset in my mind... Lord, I just want to love You and worship You in the way You want me to and I trust You will show me, and speak to me, and form me in the direction which will be pleasing you. In return, I will be satisfied and be joy in the intimate relationship with you.

Sent on: 26 April, 2018

Quotation

 

“When accompanied by prayer and other spiritual disciplines, the study of the Scriptures is the very lifeblood of the Christian believer and of the Christian community. And the necessary complement to the Scriptures is the historic teachings of the church… education and evangelism are integrally linked… Conversation is, then, a decision to become a learner, a disciple, who attends to the teaching ministry of Jesus as revealed or communicated by the Spirit through the Scriptures and the faith tradition of the Christian community.”

 

~Gordon T. Smith. ‘Education and Spiritual Formation’. Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.85.

 

Bible Reading: Romans 羅馬書 12:2; John 約翰福音 17:17; Ephesians 以弗所書 4:14-15

Quotation

 

“Spiritual theology differs from systematic theology in both subject matter and approach. Systematic theology covers a wider range of subjects that are usually organized around broad loci such as God, creation, Christ, salvation, man and so on. The subjects of spiritual theology concern the development of the spiritual life. In terms of method, spiritual theology builds on the findings of systematic theology and draws out their practical implications.”

 

~Chan, Simon (2009). Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, Kindle Location 259  (Chapter 1).

 

Bible Reading: Hebrews  希伯來書 5:11-7:28; 1 Samuel 撒母耳記上 2:18-26; Luke 路加福音 2:39-52

Quotation

 

“基督的救贖為我們帶來安息。當我們悔改接受基督時 ,我們被改變了。但要得安息 ,掌握悔改的原意是非常重要的。悔改 (repentance) 這字的原意遠較一般人認為「悔改」即「承認錯誤」的意思豐富得多,較理想的翻譯是「改變你的心意」(changing your mind),也是「我終於明白了」的態度,不僅使我們作出一百八十度的改變,更能在新的亮光下看事物 ,更新我們對待生命的態度。” 

~蔡貴恆.(2012).逆轉靈性「靈命成長新秩序」.香港:靈根自植國際網絡,p.39.

 

Bible Reading: Isaiah 以賽亞書 30:15; 2 Corinthians 歌林多後書 7:10; Romans 羅馬書 12:1-2

Quotation

 

“The vocabulary of the Christian faith contains many descriptors for relationships of superior quality. It includes, for example, shalom, that wistful desideratum of the ancient Jews. In the New Testament the descriptive language includes fellowship or koinonia; later it has come to contain community and communion, with their etymological suggestions of intimate sharing. The best words are not the hierarchical ones (arch-this and uber-that), but the co-words of mutuality and partnership.”

 

~Glen G. Scorgie and Kevin S. Reimer. ‘Spirituality in Community.’ Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Glen G. Scorgie,‎ Simon Chan,‎ Gordon T. Smith,‎ James D. Smith III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. p.79.

 

Bible Reading: Psalm 詩篇 133; Colossians 歌羅西書 3:16

 

Messages Received - Thank you!

 

姓名 Name: Susan Choi

留言 Message: Shalom! What a beautiful word, expressing loving concerns over our whole being. I seem to hear Jesus saying "Shalom" to His disciples, and how much I wish I could hear it at all times.

Sent on: 24 February, 2018

 

姓名 Name: Clara

留言 Message: When I was reading the quote on "Christian faith contains many descriptors for relationships of superior quality... The best words are ... the co-words of mutuality and partnership”, I pondered upon the co-words of mutuality and partnership of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Then, the "Andrei Rublev of Trinity" painting came to mind.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAngelsatmamre-trinity-rublev-1410.jpg

Sent on: 1 March, 2018

Quotation

 

“Christian spirituality is, in its entirety, rooted in and shaped by the spiritual text. We don’t form our personal spiritual lives out of a random assemblage of favorite texts in combination with individual circumstances; we are formed by the Holy Spirit in accordance with the text of Holy Scripture, God does not put us in charge of forming our personal spiritualities. We grow in accordance with the revealed Word implanted in us by the Spirit.”

~Peterson, Eugene H. (2006). Eat This Book. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, p.15.

 

Bible Reading: John 約翰福音 6:48-50

 

Messages Received - Thank you!

 

姓名 Name: Susan Choi

留言 Message: So encouraging to hear that 'we are formed by the Holy Spirit in accordance with the text of Holy Scripture'. Lord, teach us to love your Word and walk in your Spirit.

Sent on: 10 February, 2018

 

姓名 Name: Alan Choi

留言 Message: That quote is very Biblical and very SFI. Amen!

Sent on: 12 February, 2018

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