Author: Tim Rippstein

Bible Study: A Bone to Pick with God–Christian Meditation

Download a PDF of the Bible Study: A Bone to Pick with God Suggestions before you begin. Read the article “A Bone to Pick With God“. Take the group out for BBQ ribs or gather together and BBQ them. Eating them on the bone will help youth remember the concept of meditation from the Old Testament. Objectives: Participants will see how meditation in the Old Testament was regularly practiced. Participants will learn what Christian mediation is and what it isn’t. Participants will practice a meditation exercise. Participants will explore ways in which Christian meditation can be practiced–personally and in...

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A Bone to Pick with God–Christian Meditation

“Blessed is the man1 who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law2 of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”3 Growing up in the country, our family had dogs as pets. As usual in those days, we gave table scraps to our dogs; fat, gristle,...

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Developing Spiritual Giants through Spiritual Disciplines

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) Anyone who...

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