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But you, O Bethlehem Eph′rathah,
who are little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
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I was thinking about what I wrote in the last post about raising a spiritual being, and thought maybe I should have put a little more emphasis on the prayer component... because that's pretty freakin' important. I mean, we're certainly talking about matters that are in God's realm. Okay, I know that there's nothing that ISN'T in His realm, but this especially is.
Anyway, I can certainly talk 'til I'm blue in the face about religious stuff. I can make Bill go to church. I can send him to Catholic school... I can (attempt to) model what I think is authentic Christianity... However, these are all just EXTERNAL things a person can do, while it's primarily and INSIDE job. That is to say, it's mostly about what's going on with God and in Bill's heart isn't it? Something I, personally, have no control over. But God does. I do believe in free will, but I also believe that God can influence us, change us, help us think about things right. And maybe it helps if we ask Him to.
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From Teresa of Avila: Selections from The Interior Castle, HarperCollins Spiritual Classics, 2004, pp. xiii-xi. Also available inThe Great Omission, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2006, pp. 206-209.
I first studied Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle twenty or so years ago, after many years of efforts to understand, live, and communicate what the spiritual life portrayed in the Bible was meant to be. I had found many helpful companions on The Way, spread across time and space and "denominational distinctives." But this book and this author immediately announced themselves as a unique presence of God in my life. The book provided instruction on a living relationship with God that I had found nowhere else. I think it very likely that you will experience the same refreshing shock as I did when you read this book.
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The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, is referred to in a rich variety of ways in the Scriptures. As we contemplate the various biblical titles and descriptions of the Holy Spirit, compiled by Deacon Keith Fournier, we'll be surprised at how much more insight we'll gain into who He is and what He does. I encourage you to meditate on these Scriptures in your prayer time and pray to the Holy Spirit using these various titles.
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I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.