In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
Luke 6:12-19 (ESV)
In the spiritual life, the word discipline means:
“the effort to create some space in which God can act.”
Solitude, Community, Ministry
1. Solitude: Being with God and God Alone
The more you know how deeply you are loved, the more you will see how deeply your sisters and your brothers in the human family are loved.
2. Community: Solitude always calls us to community
Community is not an organization; a community is a way of living: Forgiveness and Celebration
3. Ministry: Ministry is something that you have to trust
Healing ministry can be expressed in two words: gratitude and compassion.
Ministry means to help people become grateful for life even with pain.
Compassion means to suffer with, to live with those who suffer.
1. Discipline means to prevent everything in your life from being filled up.
2. If we create space in which God can act and speak, something surprising will happen.
3. If you know you’re God’s beloved, you can deal with an enormous amount of success as well as an enormous amount of failure.
Speaker Paul Bergmann