Step 2: Take Intentional Steps

So…how are YOU experiencing God today?


number2As 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.

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.

Since January 2010, we’ve been publishing our devotional blog, As I See It on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. For seven years now, folks like you have been visiting our site, and just recently we topped the 80,000 hit mark! Thank you, dear readers…we are honored, indeed. We suggest subscribing to our free blog and using the material in your own devotional times. If you’d like to join with over 1,900 other friends of The Contemplative Activist website who are subscribed to our free blog, simply scroll over (or down) to the Follow Blog via Email icon, click, and you’ll be all set to go.

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From Wednesday, June 7th through Friday, August 18th, we’re going to re-blog with you, my dear readers, through the late Brennan Manning’s classic, Abba’s Child, offering up a few choice tidbits that just might help you benefit from the book as much as I have. We call this blog series, The Gospel of Grace: Exploring the Good News of God’s Unconditional Love & Acceptance. I hope you will plan to join us! Click here for more details!

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For additional study, might we suggest that you take one of our past blog series and use 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Click here for the story behind the beginnings of “As I See It”- the blog.

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…

number3Now… click on over to Step Three for this important part of your journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism…

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