Daily Office Project
The Daily Office Project is a devotional adventure. It represents a corporate attempt to insert serious spiritual ritual and discipline into seriously busy American lives. There is a morning exercise and an evening exercise for each day. The best way to participate is to do work with the morning exercise at the very start of your day and to do work with the end of day exercise right before bed.
Along with this, most participants are receiving texts at noon and at 5 PM each day. The texts and the exercises are built around a unified theme. In this way, we are trying to establish a spiritual rhythm that encompasses all of each day.
"To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances."(R. Simon) How’s your love life?
The book of Revelation has been the subject of more variety in interpretation than perhaps any book ever written. There are four things that should be kept in mind when reading it. Firstly, the type of literature, apocalyptic, does not really exist anymore. In other words, John is not simply recording bizarre images that he has seen in an ultra strange vision. There are other books contemporary to Revelation that have similar style and feel. The images are put together in a particular way to convey profound truths. John is using a well-known writing style to communicate this truth.
“My eyes stay open through the watches of the day, that I may meditate on your promises.” Psalm 119:148
Keeping with the spirit of review, let’s look again at how we ended our very first day together. If you were not part of the project at that point or if you missed the first day, this explanation will help you understand why we started this project in the first place.
“You have created us for Yourself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in You.” St. Augustine
This will be our last week together working the Daily Offices. I hope you will try to maintain the discipline yourself during the summer. Next fall I will pick this up again and work us through some of the specific disciplines and practices that help us grow spiritually.
All day long our actions speak about who we think Jesus is. What have your actions today said about who you think he is?
1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed … nothing will be impossible for you.” Mt. 17:20
This is a very powerful part of Jesus’ story – and it includes a much debated interaction between Jesus and Peter. In fact, Catholics and Protestants divide, in part at least, over how this interaction should be interpreted. I am even more fascinated by the second significant exchange between Jesus and Peter. Read slowly and allow these exchanges to sink in. Allow God to use them to inform your day!
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