Week Twenty-three: Christian only

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 22:1-21
    • Noon: Psalm 75
    • Vespers: Psalm 127
    • Night: Psalm 138
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
    • Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16
    • Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
    • Thursday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
    • Friday: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

Too often those who are trying to follow Jesus get tied up with their own “brand name”. We tend to associate only with those who agree with us in our specific belief systems. Those who claim “non-denominational” status tend to demonstrated a mindset that says “it’s my non-denom that really knows the truth” and before one realizes it: even the word “non-denominational” becomes a self-contradicting term (note: denomination simply means “to name”—so once a particular name is associated with your group you have just denominated yourself!).

But have you ever seriously listened to others who follow Jesus in a different tradition than yours? This week, spend some time with someone from a Christian tradition that is visibly distinctive from your own (if you are “low church non-denominational” visit with someone from a “high church”—e.g., Episcopal, Lutheran—tradition). Rather than debate differences, talk about areas where you actually agree. You might be surprised.

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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