Monthly Archives: July 2007

This Blog is Messed Up

OK, not entirely, but there is something missing. While we hope to build community through OPISO, we want to be real about the limitations of cyber-friends. If you really want to grow, you need flesh and blood in your life. … Continue reading

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Resource: God

Understanding God starts with understanding “the Trinity.” While the term “Trinity” is not used in Scripture the doctrine itself is abundantly evident (Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Mk. 1:9-11 and parallels). Scripture confirms that each person of the Trinity is … Continue reading

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Resource: Stewardship

When we talk about stewardship in the church, we are talking about what we do with what we have, whether it be money, natural resources, our gifts, etc. It is very easy to become selfish with these things, but Jesus … Continue reading

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Resource: Community

God loves to get things done through people. We often want spiritual growth to fall out of the sky but, more often, God’s preferred delivery method is the community of faith around us. I know that is a bummer for … Continue reading

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Prayer, the Soul's Blood

In his first poem on prayer, George Herbert (1593–1633) refers to prayer as the soul’s blood. What can he mean by this? Two things, I think. First, I think he means that, just as the blood is one of the … Continue reading

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Resource: Bible Study

Two metaphors unlock our understanding of God’s word and its role in our lives.  Isaiah says it is like “rain” that enters the parched earth causing it to flourish, yielding seed for the sower and grain for the eater.  If … Continue reading

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Is it possible to test for spiritual growth?

No. And yes. The master of spiritual growth is the Spirit and only he can guide us. But the Spirit works through people and the OPISO people want to help position you to sense the leading and work of the … Continue reading

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Resource: Prayer

Prayer is an opportunity to sit down with the Creator of the universe, not merely some rote chore to be “performed” before each meal. Nowhere else in the world do we get this kind of easy access to power! The … Continue reading

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Resource: Patience

We often think of patience as being able to wait for something – delaying gratification. However, the word means more than that. Patience is the bearing of annoyance, pain, or misfortune without complaint or irritation; quiet and steady perseverance. Patience … Continue reading

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Resource: Worship

Sunday morning church activities represent only a piece of the biblical definition of worship. Anything we do that brings honor and glory to God is worship and our ultimate goal in life is to have all our thoughts and actions … Continue reading

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