~ NOTES FROM PASTOR RUSS ~
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THE QUIET TIME PAGE
One of the things we are encouraging at Sauvie Island Community Church is for everyone to develop the discipline of a daily quiet time in God's Word.
Some call it "Devotions", others simply refer to it as "reading the Bible"; but whatever you call it - spending time in God's Word - systematically, consistently and with personal application is essential to our development as Disciples.
"It is impossible for a believer, no matter what his experience, to keep right with God if he will not take the trouble to spend time with God . . . spend plenty of time with God; let other things go, but don't neglect HIM."
THE LONG & WINDING ROADLet me expand on the concept of a daily quiet time:
1. - "Daily" is meant to be a goal, not a club or a chain? Obviously ANY time in the Bible is better than none!
2. - "Consistency" is really what we desire. The journey of 100 miles may indeed begin with one step - but one must take a whole bunch more steps to get somewhere.
3. - "Systematically" means you are going somewhere in particular, while . .
4. - "Consistently" means you are intent on getting there!
At Sauvie Island Community Church, we encourage the use of the "Word of Life" Quiet Time Journal to help achieve this. We have special editions for adults, teens and children - even pre-school children. We are all on the same passages of scripture each day and over the course of 6 years, we cover the major portions of scripture - both Old and New Testaments. See: www.wol.org
We are not just talking about ritual or some sort of obsessive compulsive dosorder. There is purpose in reading God's Word. I emphasize this out loud - we HEAR, so that we might become "DO-ERS"!! This is the "personal application" part.
Some Christians confuse Bible knowledge with spiritual maturity, assuming that knowing more about the Bible automatically makes a person a better Christian.
READING AND RESPONDING
The idea of reading and responding to what God says, could and should include the action of writing it down.
1. What is God saying?
2. What am I to do?
We respond by doing what God says and by praying and talking to God about what He has said. What I get out of God's Word each day, becomes the first thing on my prayer list. I pray " ____ " for myself and I pray the same thing for others on my list for that day.
"We should pray when we are in a praying mood,
Charles H. Spurgeon
ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITYOne final area re: our "Quiet Time" I believe that when God speaks to us through HIS Word, HE is not only speaking to us, but HE wants to speak through us as well.
A question we encourage through our Church is:
"So, what did you get out of your 'Quiet Time'?"
When we share God's Word with others we accomplish several things:
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