“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
In my sermon on Sunday, August 9, 2020, I talked about what it takes to see God working in our lives.
“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
Another wonderful quote from Abba Poemen of the Egyptian desert.
Christian spirituality is not bout hating the body, it’s about reigning in unbridled appetites.
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” (Psalm 22)
I’ll be putting this meme somewhere that I can see easily see it. I need the reminder.
Neuroscience tells us that what’s going on in this quote is a function of something called myelination. Myelin is a chemical that allows signals to travel faster in our neural pathways. We build up myelin by repetition. The more we do something, the stronger the pathways in the brain needed to get it done. That’s why “practice makes perfect.”
Myelination doesn’t just affect learning skills, it also shapes things like character and attitudes. Choosing to be positive will make us a more positive person, because we are strengthening the “positive” pathways in our brains. The same is true for negative thinking.
In the words of the 20th-century Eastern Orthodox monk, Elder Thaddeus:
Our thoughts determine our lives.
“Keep saying the Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!”
A look at what Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh in Exodus 5 teaches us about being a disciple of Christ.