Worship Interludes: Rains [Episode 32, May 25, 2017]

It’s rained here for the past several days.   There were times when, in the middle of the day, it was raining so hard that it was dark outside.

Rain is often a metaphor in our lives and even in our spiritual walk.   Rain can signify blessings.  It can signify washing away.  It can also signify trials and storms.

I created this interlude as part of a “Personal Disciplines Kickstart” program for my church.   It’s a short, e-mail based program that sends out short devotional videos to encourage us in personal disciplines like Bible study, prayer, worship, and meditation.

I hope as you listen you can find time to think about the rain – whether it’s a much-needed answer to prayer in your life or signs of storms on the horizon.   Take it in, breathe it in, and find peace.

Worship Interludes: Sifting [Episode 28, May 9, 2017]

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  (Luke 22:31-32, ESV)

There are days when I feel as if I’m being sifted.  No matter how much I personally pray, read the Bible, or put myself into the right place, I feel temptation and the darkness of my flesh all around me.

It’s on days like this that I have to rally, stand in faith, and do all I can to also strengthen others.

Life has been a bit hectic for me and I’ve felt the sifting these past few days.   Today’s interlude is my interpretation of that inner conflict.   (I might add that the droning, repeating pattern is also fantastic for lulling you into a trance-like sleep, so enjoy the rest!)