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Apr 29, 2018


050 Count the Cost - A Guided Christian Meditation of Luke 14:28-30.

I work as a Hospice Chaplain and having worked as an ICU chaplain in a busy hospital, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open to be changed by the Spirit of God. by using a centuries old form of Christian Meditation called Lectio Divina. It consists of:
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation, Visualization

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Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for 20 minutes. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes. 

Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:Focus on being encircled by the love of God. 
Bible verse for meditation:

ESV28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

NABRE28 Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him 30 and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’

Notice the similarities and differences in the translations presented. 
What does this scripture mean to you?Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?How does this scripture make you feel?
Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.

Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:In this scripture Jesus outlines an important theological thought. If you have listened to this podcast for a while, you have heard many scriptures outlining our dependence on God’s spirit. So much of scripture talks about this. This scripture lays out the need for us to plan. St Augustine said: “Pray like everything depends on God, then work like everything depends on your.” This quote perhaps is an oversimplification but it demonstrates a complex dichotomy. We should plan and work while at the same time trusting in the province of God. This seemingly contradictory command brings humility to us and also enhances our drive to follow.  To accomplish great things, we do the best we can. This involves planning on our own and consulting God in prayer. Having faith in God does not excuse our lack of focus in working toward positive goals. We cannot do difficult things without truly pushing ourselves. I hope this comes across the right way, namely in a spirit of humility and gratitude. As you probably know, I graduated from my Masters Program in Religious Studies. I have also completed the requirements for another MA program in MFT. This required a lot of sacrifice and work by me and my family. God can certainly Anything important does. 
You will have time to reflect on this in a moment, for now, please join me in prayer.

Meditation of Prayer:Pray as directed by the Spirit.Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials. 
Meditate and Visualize Positive Change in Your Life:Implement the kind of change you want to see in your life.  Length, Intensity, Modality, Freshness, Conclusion: Weekly Episodes

Merch/PatreonMultiple episodes in a week. Questions: What thing in your life requires more planning?
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Final thought - Witness about prayer.  I hope you will feel this relaxation all through the rest of the day. Have a good rest of the day.