Step 2: Taking Intentional Time

So…how are YOU experiencing God today?

As you continue your journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism, we suggest you add in Step Two, and begin to slow down your own life, taking extra time for your personal spiritual formation. The care of your soul is vitally important to Jesus, to you, your family, and those who live and work around you. Might we suggest you start with one of our devotional studies from our popular As I See It blog series.

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Each one of our blog studies can serve you well as a support piece in your devotional life with Jesus. As you’ll see when you open up one of our pages, each blog begins with a short scripture or reading, some thoughts to consider, and then concludes with a prayer and a question or two for you to ponder. Go slow. Walk at your own pace, inviting the Holy Spirit to join with you as you read and reflect.


We publish a new blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Join with nearly 2,000 other friends of The Contemplative Activist website who are subscribed to our free blog, by simply scrolling over (or down) to the Follow Blog via Email icon, click, and you’ll be all set to go.

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COMING Friday, September 22nd…

0.0LogoSo keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this kalós (precious thing) placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. 2nd Timothy 1: 13-14 (MsgB)

Join us for this 26-session blog series, Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure, where we encourage you to re-examine, and hopefully re-store, this precious treasure of ministry that has been deposited into us by the work of the Holy Spirit. Are you ready for a kalós reformation in your life, a quiet fire of God-renewal? We invite you to come along with us as well. Click here for more!


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For additional study, might we suggest that you enter into our archives, taking one of our past blog series and using it as a devotional guide in your life. Here are some of our more popular blog series published on As I See It — Click on the links for more details!


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ON THE PERSONAL SIDE…

Read more about the story behind the beginnings of As I See It– the blog. Since January 2010, we’ve been publishing our devotional blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Join with nearly 2,000 other friends of The Contemplative Activist website who are subscribed to our free blog, by simply scrolling over (or down) to the Follow Blog via Email icon, click, and you’ll be all set to go.

My Tale of 3-B’s Here’s a brief introduction to what we believe is Jesus’ invitation to step out of the traffic of our busy lives and begin a trek to becoming Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activists. This short 6-blog series (taken from Our Ignatian Prayer Journey) tells our personal story of how we were first invited by the Master to this simple and sustainable life we call the 3-C’s.


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OUR BASIC CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP THEMES…

Christianity 101 One of the best places to start your devotional studies is to re-visit the basic truths of our faith in Jesus Christ. Join us as we open up God’s Word (12 blog sessions taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) and look a bit deeper at what the New Testament has to say about Christianity 101. Even if you’re a seasoned believer, you just might be a bit surprised at what we find!

Be Strong in the Lord Join us for this 24-session blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship series) as we explore the themes surrounding Christian warfare. Here, we look at ‘the battle’ that rages around us each day, explore how Jesus handles it, and then we’ll unpack Paul’s words to the Ephesian church that offer us six weapons of warfare that come from the hands of God the Father, through the Son, and by the empowering work of the Holy Spirit.

Real-Life Christianity Let’s be honest. To be a Christian, a dedicated follower of Jesus, you and I must learn to go beyond just the spiritual truths of our faith, and get down-n-dirty with our day-to-day physical existence here on planet earth. Join us in this 12-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we get real about earthly things such as how we control our bodies, our tongues, and our actions for the greater glory of God.

Who Are You…Really? Could it be that we are so weak and unable to live out the basic Christ-life-lessons because we truly don’t have a clue on who we really are in Christ? Join us for a 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we explore who you and I really are in the eyes of Jesus…men and women of great value in the economy of God’s Kingdom.

The Enneagram: A Tool in Self-Awareness Taken from A Journey Into 3-C Christian Discipleship series, this collection of 15 blogs has become one of our most popular series. Here, we introduce you to the ancient tool in self-awareness, the Enneagram, giving you a user-friendly and Christ-centered way to get started in your journey in self-awareness.

The Gospel of Grace: Exploring the Good News of God’s Unconditional Love & Acceptance The Gospel of Grace demonstrates to us that Jesus of Nazareth can lead us into Eternal Truth, and the Holy Spirit can indwell & empower us to live freely and lightly as beloved sons and daughters of God. This popular 32-session blog series through the late Brennan Manning’s classic, Abba’s Child, will offer you a view of yourself that just might set you free!

A Servant’s Heart Many would say that it’s the way we live out our lives in Christ that really gives true testimony to the faith that lies deep within us. So, let’s ponder on the outward signs of a life lived well for God, and let’s begin by talking about servanthood. Join us for a short series (9-blog sessions from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we look a bit deeper at what God’s Word has to say about having a servant’s heart.

Jesus and the Workplace The amazing truth about Jesus of Nazareth is that He is fully committed to getting up early each and every day and joining us as you and I go off to our work place. Join us for a short 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) that explores these ideas that God is already laboring at our workplaces and it’s our “job” to go and participate with all He is already doing.

God and Money Jesus states it so very clearly, God alone wants to be our source of power and control in this lifetime and the life to come, and through the Master’s invitation, you and I can follow Him into a freedom rarely experienced by those who stay behind, trusting what’s inside their wallets more than they trust their Creator. Join us for a short 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we open up the Bible and look a bit deeper at what God’s Word has to say about our money and possessions.

Living Purposefully Jesus’ purposeful life was made that way, because He freely chose to allow His Father in Heaven to define His life for Him. Join us for a short 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) where we’ll unpack this idea of living a Christ-centered life and explore how we, like the Master, can become recipients of God’s amazing gift to live life on purpose and to the full.

30 Great Hymns of Faith Love the old hymns of faith? Join us as we look deeply into the powerful stories behind thirty Christian classics, with the earliest hymn dating back to 750 A.D. and the latest from 1923. From Martin Luther to Isaac Watts, from John Newton to Charles Wesley, this 34-session blog journey is sure to bless!

A Journey Into 3-C Christian Discipleship: Twelve Characteristics of a Godly Life Here’s the whole enchilada! Over a thirty-six week period (114 blogs), we invite you to take a deeper look into twelve key characteristics of a godly life. In other words, we’ll take a journey into the realm of Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism. Buckle your seat belts…here we go!

Our Ignatian Prayer Adventure More and more Christ-followers are discovering the powerful work of the Spirit, as one delves into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Over a suggested eight-month period, this 106-session blog series will assist you through the Exercises. Come on along and be blessed!


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OUR CHURCH LEADERSHIP THEMES…

The Wisdom of Wimber A collection of 64 musings on some of Pastor John Wimber’s richest quotes under each of these ten vital themes: On Christ and His Word, On Worship, On Gifts of the Spirit, On Community, On Compassion, On Healing, On Mission, On Unity, On Evangelism, On Discipleship. It’s this highly-popular series that birth my book, The Wisdom of Wimber, As I See It.

To Lead Or Not To Lead? Redefining the Role of a Christian Worker. Glenn Wagner, states in his excellent book, Escape from Church Inc., that the church has, unfortunately, taken most of our cues on ‘leadership’ from the corporate world of America. As I see it, the question in the church today should not be, ‘Do we need leadership?’ but rather, ‘What kind of leaders is God asking men and women to be? Join us for this 12-session blog series that explores the biblical answers to this question.

Follow the Leader: Re-defining Successful Leadership from the Gospel of John Return with me to the ancient words of the New Testament. Our goal here will not be to do a line-by-line devotional study, but to offer you a series of 46 blogs where we focus on the original disciples, the future overseers of the church, as they interacted with the Master, Jesus of Nazareth. If we’re looking for ways to move away from the 21st century corporate approach to church life, the Gospels would be the best place to begin and end such a pursuit. Join us!


 As you are working with our blog studies, we highly suggest that you also learn the ancient spiritual disciplines of Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, the Daily Examen, and Lectio Divina.

Don’t take any of these journeys into our “As I See It” blog series alone! One of the best ways to explore the on-going applications found in our blog series is to walk alongside a biblically-based, Christ-centered spiritual director who is familiar with how to make material like this part of your overall spiritual formation in God. Many of our directors in our Sustainable Faith-Heartland network are available to companion you in your journey with Jesus…


3Now… click on over to Step Three for this important part of your journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism…