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Looking for Peace for Your Soul? Kicking it Old-School 

By Mindy Caliguire - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471) wrote the classic devotional work, The Imitation of Christ; which is second only to the Bible  in terms of it's impact worldwide on the development of Christian Life. 

Recently, this excerpt really struck me and we used it during our last class on Ephesians.

Four Things that Bring Peace to the Soul (p 139)
My son, now I shall teach you the truest way of peace and of perfect liberty.

  1. Study, my child, to fulfill another person's will rather than your own.
  2. Choose always to ahve little worldly riches, rather than much.
  3. Seek, also, the lowest place, and desire to be under others rather than above them.
  4. Desire always-and praythat the will of God be wholly done in you.

These challenges seem incredulous to our ears today, and likely did to his contemporaries as well!

Does your soul need some peace today? How might these guides serve you, counter-cultural as they are?




Quotes on the Value of Scripture 

By Mindy Caliguire - Thursday, July 23, 2009

During our class at Willow Creek last night, I drew from five GREAT quotes related to the value of Scripture for our lives... posted here for you to enjoy, too.

"Scripture is like a river, broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim." Gregory the Great (540 - 604AD) Moratia in Iob, Book 1

"Even when carrying out needful tasks, keep meditating inwardly and praying. Thus you can grasp the depths of divine Scripture and the power hidden in it, and 'pray without ceasing'." Abba Philimon (late 6th century?) The Philokalia, Volume Two

"Reading seeks for the sweetness of a blessed life, meditation perceives it, prayer asks for it, contemplation tastes it." Guigo H (d. 1188)  The Ladder of Monks

"In our meditation we ponder the chosen text on the strength of the promise that it has something utterly personal to say to us for this day and for our Christian life." Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945) Life Together

 Source: The Spiritual Formation Bible, published by Upper Room ministries, 1999, www.upperroom.org (not in print)



Photos from Ephesus! 

By Mindy Caliguire - Sunday, June 28, 2009

One of the members of our Wednesday night class at Willow Creek has been to Ephasus and had terrific photos to share... here are a few!


Ephesus columned entry road:




25,000 seat theater


Mosaic walkway