Remember, my God, the fall of Lucifer, full of pride; keep me safe with the power of your grace. Save me from falling away from you; save me from doubt. Incline my heart to call upon you, present in everything. Glory to You, O God, from age to age!
“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
Does God demand unwavering faith from us? Here’s what we learn in one of Jesus’ healing miracles in Matthew 17.
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.
“Cleanse me from secret faults! O God, purify me from hidden iniquities. Give me a good answer at your dread judgment seat. Lord of great mercy and measureless love for all people: Hear my prayer!”
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!”