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Hearts Set on Pilgrimage: How Taking Walks Might Become Your Favorite Spiritual Discipline

Hearts Set on Pilgrimage: How Taking Walks Might Become Your Favorite Spiritual Discipline

September 24, 2020

Hearts Set on Pilgrimage: How Taking Walks Might Become Your Favorite Spiritual Discipline

September 18, 2020

by Anna A. Friedrich

 

Walking is as ordinary as it gets. It’s so commonplace, it’s almost pedestrian. But the Scriptures, especially Proverbs, elevate this simple activity to a rich analogy for life with God. If we’re invited to “walk with God” how do we do that? And might regular, literal walks be a way to stay on the Way?

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Bound to the Risen Christ - Ben Keyes

Bound to the Risen Christ - Ben Keyes

June 17, 2020

Bound to the Risen Christ

by Ben Keyes

2020

Here is another rough recording of a new hymn. Bound to the Risen Christ is a broad reflection on the incarnation and our union with Christ in his death and resurrection. The Christian hope is that we go where Jesus goes; that our sin was conquered in him on Good Friday and that a new life is guaranteed in him on Easter morning. I was trying to find different ways of communicating the uniqueness of the cross. It simply cannot be replaced with any other source of hope. I hope you enjoy it and find it encouraging.     Ben Keyes

 

Bound to the Risen Christ

He who gives us the breath of life died for our sin.
And every good and wholesome thing is a gift from Him.
So what can we, with a conscience clean withhold from Him? … Allelujah!

The God of Israel and this man, they are the same.
The Lord, His name unspeakable, took a common name,
Which was disgraced but has earned the place of eternal fame…. Allelujah!

     Chorus:
     We live, bound to the risen Christ-
     In his death and life.
     The Maker of all is our Salvation.
     Build your kingdom with our hands
     As we long for the New Creation

There is no freedom in life except what was bought that day,
So don’t reject the priceless gift with attempts to pay,
For when we hope in less than this we have gone astray… Allelujah!

But no great love have we returned to You, our King.
And chilly thanks we give to You, who give everything.
So broken spirits and empty hands are all we bring….. Allelujah!

     Chorus

O where were you when all his friends abandoned Him?
Yes, I was with Him on that day only by my sin
But that part died and what survives will rise with Him … Allelujah!

We who stand in the name of Christ have been remade.
And bound to Him we will leave behind these empty graves
So let us sing in the face of death, ‘we are not afraid’…. Allelujah!

     Chorus

 

 

The Table is Laid - Hymn - by Ben Keyes

The Table is Laid - Hymn - by Ben Keyes

April 20, 2020

The Table Is Laid (A Hymn)

by Ben Keyes

Southborough L'Abri, 2020

 

'The Table is Laid' is a hymn that I have been trying to finish writing for a long time. I am not convinced that it is quite done, but I thought I would offer it anyway in hopes that it might be an encouragement. The hymn is a prayer both of longing and of hope. The world is in desperate need of Christ's coming and every day we see brokenness that is not yet mended. But we also stand in a place of confidence in light of the battle already won be God. Ultimately the image of the table is our great hope- a feast at which each of us is truly expected!

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The Table is Laid

We seek the Lord Christ
With faith that is dim
And hearts that half long
To stray away from Him
         But the conquering King   
        holds the bruised and bent reed
        And the flickering wick
        He will fan into flame.   
 
                                                  …We need you O Christ
                                            The world brims with hate.
                                            The sickness, the strife
                                            Your church does not escape
                                            May your children rise,
                                            In the power of your love
                                            In a world ripped apart,
                                            But made one by your blood, and unite.

We love you O Christ
For what you have done
The defeat that you sought
And the victory you won
            So that God’s enemies
            Might abandon that fight-
            O children of Heav’n,
            Peace is your birthright…..  

                                  Our brother, your son
                                  Has forged us this place,
                                  In Your family O God.
                                  We can long for your face

                                                 We approach Your great throne
                                                        Yet walk by your side
                                                        All wrongs they are known
                                                        But in Christ swept aside
                                                                    And the chairs are pulled back
                                                                    And each one bears a name:
                                                                    Of a child of God.
                                                                    O the table is laid.

22 Things I Have Learned From Life by Dr. Donald J Drew

22 Things I Have Learned From Life by Dr. Donald J Drew

April 17, 2020

22 Things I Have Learned From Life

by Dr. Donald J. Drew

L’Abri 2001

 

 “I listened to this lecture last month on Nickaela’s recommendation. It’s full of gems! I played it for one of our Wednesday night Wild Cards and it became a light-hearted competition to try and discern what the actual 22 things were. One of the most helpful things was his way of emphasizing that God doesn’t play games!”­ — Anna Friedrich

Dr. Donald J. Drew studied at Cambridge and was President of the Christian Union and worked at L'Abri for a number of years. His books include Images of Man: A Critique of the Contemporary Cinema (1974) and Letters to a Student: Encouraging Words from a Christian Mentor (2003).

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An Altared Heart:  Anxiety, Prayer, Poetry and Hope During COVID-19

An Altared Heart: Anxiety, Prayer, Poetry and Hope During COVID-19

April 10, 2020
An Altared Heart:  Anxiety, Prayer, Poetry and Hope During COVID-19
 
by Sarah Chestnut
 
April 10. 2020
 
In this personal essay written in the middle of Lent, just as social isolation measures were being put in place, Sarah Chestnut reflects on poems that have given her language for her anxious heart in an anxious time, and on the source of true hope.
 
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CRUCIAL: Poems on Christ’s Seven Last Words from the Cross

CRUCIAL: Poems on Christ’s Seven Last Words from the Cross

April 9, 2020
CRUCIAL: Poems on Christ's Seven Last Words from the Cross 
 
by Sarah Chestnut
 
April 9, 2020
 
Sarah Chestnut shares original poems written on each of Christ's final words from the cross, read alongside the gospel texts.  These meditations on Christ's death are a helpful companion on Good Friday.
 
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Between the Cross and Resurrection: Reflections on Jesus’ Death and Our Own

Between the Cross and Resurrection: Reflections on Jesus’ Death and Our Own

March 27, 2020

Between the Cross and Resurrection: Reflections on Jesus’ Death and Our Own. 

by Joshua Chestnut

March 13, 2020

 

This lecture will be an exploration of the theology of Holy Saturday.  Taking what the Apostle’s Creed refers to as Jesus’ “descent to the dead” as our starting place, this lecture will consider what it means that Jesus was dead as well as what this might mean for us as we consider the inevitability of our own death.

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Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 2 of 2): Jesus and the Cross

Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 2 of 2): Jesus and the Cross

March 10, 2020

Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 2 of 2): Jesus and the Cross

by Dave Friedrich

March 6

What are we to make of the similarities and significant differences between Joshua and Jesus, especially as it relates to the role of violence in the Promised Land? That will be the guiding question of this lecture as we look at how Jesus ‘conquers’ in the gospels and the book of Revelation.

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Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 1 of 2): Joshua and the Conquest

Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 1 of 2): Joshua and the Conquest

March 3, 2020

Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 1 of 2): Joshua and the Conquest     

by Dave Friedrich

Feb 28, 2020

How are we to understand the violence we encounter in the Bible within the broader culture and context of Scripture? That will be our guiding question as we look at Joshua’s Conquest in Canaan and address further questions surrounding genocide, the inspiration of Scripture and the goodness of God.

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The Vineyard and the Vine: Reflections on the Biblical Theme of Wine Making

The Vineyard and the Vine: Reflections on the Biblical Theme of Wine Making

March 3, 2020

The Vineyard and the Vine: Reflections on the Biblical Theme of Wine Making

By Ben Keyes

Feb 21

In ancient Israel vines, vineyards, grapes and wine making were a part of every day life and good wine was considered a sign of God’s blessing. The cultivation of grape vines also provides a rich source of metaphorical imagery throughout the bible. This lecture will attempt to follow the thread of vine imagery throughout scripture to see what is communicated about God and his saving relationship to his people.

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