GOD – Our Spectacular Creator Date: January 8, 2016 Video Sermon: Click on the play button below description. God is SOOO spectacular! How spectacular is God? Well that is hard to explain because, you see, we say many things are “spectacular.” But the way in which God is spectacular exceeds all preconceived notions of the word “spectacular.” God is spectacular in a way that words cannot really explain. One of the most convincing testimonies about how spectacular God is can be seen all around us―CREATION. While there are so many things on the earth that are spectacular and amazing, the sun, moon, and stars in the sky are even more amazing. In this presentation, I have tried to give a glimpse of the incredible beauty and size of the universe. The beauty and majesty of creation, reflects the beauty and majesty of the Creator.
What do silence and solitude have to do with spirituality and Christian faith? There is a long and rich tradition of seeking in silence the Divine and self-discernment within Christianity. This sort of practice developed a lot in the 3rd-5th centuries with the rise of monasticism in Christianity. One of the earliest desert monks wrote extensively about a concept called hesychia, which is practicing a deep inner stillness and silence. Hesychia isn’t just about finding a quiet environment or a place without distractions. It is about cultivating a profound inner tranquility and quietness in your soul. Much of the practice of hesychia has to do with wrestling the endless stream of thoughts that flood into our mind, which if we are not careful of and paying attention to, can be relentlessly noisy and drown out all shimmers of silence and stillness in ourselves. With increasing practice of contemplative prayer and […]
It is undeniable that God has acted in His creation throughout history in many ways. The Bible contains countless stories of God intervening in the lives of humans and working to bring about His will and purposes. God spoke to Moses in a burning bush (Exod 3:2), He guided the children of Israel through the wilderness in a cloud of smoke and pillar of fire (Exod 13:21), and He answered Elijah’s prayer and sent fire down from heaven upon Elijah’s offering (1 Kgs 18:36-38), just to mention a few. The Old and New Testaments are filled with accounts like these where God interacted with his people and acted decisively to cause miraculous events. These accounts and many others in Scripture paint a very colorful picture of God which can easily be distorted and wrongly understood. When our understanding of God is skewed, it can leave us discouraged and in doubt […]