Quiet Time? What’s that?

Kevin Miller

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If someone ever asks you, “How was your quiet time today?” don’t let it catch you off guard. It’s ok if you don’t know what a “quiet time” is.

Quiet time?”

As in a time where there is no noise?!

When and how and where?

“Quiet time” is one of those Christianese phrases that Christians use often, alongside other classic phrases and words like “fellowship,” “accountability partners,” “hedge of protection,” and “traveling mercies.” To many people outside the church, the meanings of these phrases are mysterious. Let me explain…

Around the beginning of this year I blogged about some good practices when it comes to Bible reading, prayer, and Scripture memory, but I recently had someone ask about “quiet times,” so I thought I’d elaborate on that idea for a minute.

I’m not sure where the phrase got started, but I know Who started the practice.

But Jesus

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Reception

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The truth isn’t always welcome.

For example, in His hometown synagogue, Jesus read a passage from Isaiah regarding the coming Messiah. He said this to the audience:

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4:21 NKJV

Luke tells us they marveled at His gracious words and couldn’t believe this was “Joseph’s son”. But as He continued to speak, the mood in the room changed. He mentioned that prophets aren’t accepted in their own country, and reminded them that Elijah was sent to minister to Gentiles during the severe famine. At those words, the marveling went away and anger replaced it. The feelings were so intense they tried to kill Him, but He slipped through the crowd and left. What started out as an amazed audience, turned into a murderous mob.

Sometimes the truth does that. It starts out confirming and validating what we feel or hope (gracious words…

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Regulation

Lessons in Biblical Leadership

And these are the ordinances which you will place before them.

— Exodus 21.1 (Parashat Mishpatim)

In 1783, the former British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America were enjoying heady times. They had just defeated the mighty British Empire in their War of Independence; while many former colonists lamented the end of British rule, there was celebration in the streets when General Washington accepted General Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown.

But then, I imagine that the new freed colonists awoke the next day and said, “What’s next for us?” They quickly learned that with freedom comes responsibility.

Such is the story of Moses and the newly freed Israelite slaves. When they escaped Egypt, they danced and sang before God; they were exuberant and inspired. But then came the cold (or in their case, rather hot) reality of desert life and the necessity to adopt a code of personal and…

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Your Body, Your Spirit, and a Good Night’s Sleep

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Because our bodies matter to God—and not just in a moral sense—our rest matters to God, too. So much so, He built it into the rhythms of the universe.
Do you proclaim with the psalmist: “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations” (Psalm 57:8)?
Do you climb out of bed each morning and sing with joy about God’s unfailing love (Psalm 59:16)?
If not, (and for the record, I rarely do), maybe it’s because we are among the one in three Americans who don’t get enough sleep. Seriously.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control declared a new public health crisis: sleep deprivation. Millions are failing night after night to get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest, putting them at increased risk for health problems from anxiety and depression to diabetes and heart disease.
By…

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The Lord Is His Name

The Lord is a One full of Power,
Mighty is He who is King of Kings.
All evil lays under His feet,
His heel crushes those who are wicked.
Nothing on this earth can stand up against God,
The Almighty has no equal under the earth.
Forever I stand under His banner,
Under the King’s flag I pledge my faith.
For He is an undefeated Man of War,
Victorious is all battles is the Lord God Almighty.

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“When I am weak, then I am Strong”

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2 Corinthians 12:10 

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

When we as believers are in trials that reveal our unbelief, selfishness, pride, bitterness, lust, greed etc.  We then see our weakness to obey and our lack of dependance upon God for help in our time of need.  God is trying to show us our complete inability to do any moral good on our own.  But we want to do the good so we find power and strength to obey in Christ alone.  For we are weak, in the flesh there is no good thing.  So we run to Christ who is our all in all.  He is our strength always not just when we are weak or sense or weaknesses.  He is always tenderly holding up with all powerful hands…

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Giving 100 Percent

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Two quick verses from Genesis.

Genesis 4:6

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry and why has your face fallen?”

Cain and Abel are the first siblings mentioned in the Bible.

Both brothers had just brought their offerings, their sacrifices to the Lord.  Cain’s was some fruit and vegetables from the ground.  Abel’s was the first born of his flock.

I am assuming that the first born of the flock was a greater personal sacrifice than some fruit and vegetables that grew in the field.  So I think what is being said here is that Abel was making a more concerted effort to please the Lord.

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Psalm 37:4

The Lord is the only one I desire,
All I need in this life is the Almighty alone.
For He alone can satisfy my consuming heart,
My hungry soul, God alone can satisfy.
For the world can only offer me shadows,
Only a melting mist can this earth give to me.
But the King of Kings gives me life eternal,
A world full of joy does the Lord of Lords offers to me.
I will delight myself in the Ways of the Almighty,
In the Commands of God I will find Joy.
For in Him I am made complete,
I am now whole in the Prince of Peace.

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Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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How Your Brokenness Can be a Blessing

The Light Breaks Through

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There is a common misunderstanding among Christians and non-Christians for too long.  Many feel that the Old Testament portrays a God of anger, wrath, and judgment, and it is only in the New Testament that we begin to see a God of love, compassion, and mercy. I have heard people say “I can believe in the God of the New Testament, but I cannot believe in the God of the Old Testament”— as if they are two different deities!

When a person makes this statement, he is admitting his lack of knowledge of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is full of stories, prophecies, and promises that reveal God’s nature to us — all of God’s nature. If all we had were the Old Testament, it would be enough. The Old Testament was all the early Christians had. Those 39 books reveal to us not a God of wrath and…

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‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭

Before I was born, the Lord loved me,
The Almighty knew me before I came to be.
The Love of the King of Kings is marvelous,
It is amazing to be adored by the Prince of Peace.
For His love exceeds all things,
The Love of God conquers all things.
So I will declare to all the Love of the Lord,
To all who hear me, I will proclaim the Love of God.

Momentary Lapse Of Sanity

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