With God Alone

Hebrews 4:12
I’m becoming more convinced that there is spiritual energy that comes only through spending time with God, alone with him and in his word.
I believe that Stanley Shipp told the campus ministry in Santa Barbara that a leader needs to spend an hour a day alone with God in reading, meditation and prayer.  (Isn’t that what you told me, Lois?)
This is very hard to do.  I’m retired, and I still let other things, including good things, crowd into my quiet time with God.
Reflections of a preacher’s wife:
I didn’t profit as I should have from sermon or devotional times, because I spent too much time hoping that the “others”–in the church, in the family–were getting the lesson.
On preaching:
It was even harder for Glenn–TWO sermons every week–especially hard when he was fathering a large family, teaching school part time, and going to SDSU at night!
During that time his “sermon” was sometimes reading an article from a church bulletin we had received and making a few comments.  Many of the sermon outlines he used were from sermons he had read or heard.  Don Hopper was sharing the preaching ministry during those years, and he was probably getting his sermons the same way.
It was during this time that two of the members decided that the Holtville diet was too empty and started going to church in El Centro.
God may not have intended for sermons to be the church’s main diet; possibly they should be saved for special occasions…
But, back to my main point–God’s word must take precedent over other books.  The books are written by good teachers or mentors; they can lead you back to the word to see something you haven’t seen before.  But I see us buying one more book, and one more book, hoping the next one will solve all our problems, or, at least our current dilemma.
They do not satisfy.  They may be “enriched” but part of the nutrients are missing.
I know that I am more verbally inclined than many people, but that might even be a stumbling block.  My bites may be too big for efficient assimilation.  I must become like a little child.
Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21
The Bible was written in the common language of the day.  We know for whom it was written.

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3 responses to “With God Alone

  1. Chris E Rea

    My mother was Frankie Rea and we lived in Holtville. I was doing a google search when I found this page. Peggy, is that you? I lived with you for a short time in 1978. My dad still lives in El Centro and tells me about one of your sons and his businesses. Sounds like he has done well for himself. How are you? Tell your family Hi. take care, Chris

  2. Chris E Rea

    My mother was Frankie Rea and we lived in Holtville. I was doing a google search when I found this page. How are you? Tell your family Hi. take care, Chris

  3. E Magos

    I’m convinced there is spiritual energy that comes only through spending time with God, alone with him and in his word too. Most of last year I tried listening to the Bible on audio while taking the train to and from work and found it too distracting overall. I am back to just waking up earlier, hopefully before the kids wake up, to spend some time in quiet reading and reflection.

    I preached at the HCC this past Sunday for the first time in several years and found the the sermon prep was easier due to regular time in God’s word and also some inspiration from some books. As you said, they helped lead back to the word. One thing I find valuable in reading Christian books is when they help me confirm what I am hearing God reveal through his word. Sometimes I read portions of the gospel and wonder “surely it can’t mean that”. Then I will read a biography or similar account of someone who was living out the gospel in such a way that tells me they understood the gospel teaching the same way and were living it out. The best books for me are the ones that remind me of the many other brothers and sisters we have throughout the world serving a common God.

    Thanks for the reminder that the Bible is truly a nutrient dense whole grain and not a simple carbohydrate! =)

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