Mindful Worship Meditation #31 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness

January 26th, 2011 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Rose In HandsThis meditation is the eighth of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. So often, when we think of faithfulness, we consider only our own faithfulness toward God. However, just as God is faithful to us, so has he called us to be faithful to others. God wants people to see His faithfulness expressed through us toward them. In this meditation you’ll contemplate and explore God’s faithfulness toward you and the fruit of faithfulness in your own life–the fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and the next five episodes focused on the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you’ll want to begin with these seven meditations.

Once again, it’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 3 months since I’ve published a new meditation. I recently hired a Ministry Assistant, Josh Fredette, to help with many of the tasks here. Josh is a very talented musician and worship leader. He did the audio mixing and editing for this meditation. I think you’ll agree he did a fantastic job and is taking the quality here to a whole new level. Please take a moment to send him a message and welcome him to the ministry. (Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography / D. Sharon Pruitt. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23, Hebrews 11:1, James 2:20, 1 John 1:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Ephesians 2:8-9, Mark 10:45, Matthew 25:21, and Galatians 2:20.
Time: 39:14
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Mindful Worship Meditation #30 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Goodness

October 24th, 2010 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Perfect FlowerThis meditation is the seventh of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. We often label people’s actions as being good or bad. We usually find it easy to judge the actions of others, but it is more difficult to judge our own actions. God wants our actions to express excellence in virtue, morality, character, and attitude–a combined quality called ‘goodness’. In this meditation you’ll contemplate and explore God’s goodness toward you and the fruit of goodness in your own life–the fruit of the Spirit is Goodness.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and the next five episodes focused on the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, and Kindness. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you’ll want to begin with these six meditations.

I continue to appreciate everyone’s patience with the release of this new meditation. At least it hasn’t been seven month’s again. :-) I’m praying about hiring a part-time person to help in this ministry! (See Ecclesiastes 4:9) I strongly prefer someone who is already following the work here and therefore understands what it’s all about. It will be work-from-home and mostly customer service, web site editing, audio editing, and Internet marketing; so this person needs to be VERY computer savvy. If you’re interested, or know someone who is, contact me and let’s talk. As always, please leave a comment and let me know how God uses this mediation in your life! (Photo by Robin Zebrowski. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)



Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 10:38, 1 Peter 1:3, Philemon 12-14, Ephesians 5:8-10, and Romans 15:14
Time: 42:31
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Mindful Worship Meditation #29 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness

June 19th, 2010 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Homeless and ThirstyThis meditation is the sixth of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. Personally, I usually think of kindness more as just generally being nice and friendly to people. However, the new testament principle of kindness is much more than that. Kindness is very active. Biblical kindness is actively helping others. In this meditation you’ll contemplate and explore God’s kindness toward you before you were a believer and after you accepted his forgiveness. You’ll also contemplate Jesus’ teachings on being kind to those who oppose you and Paul’s teachings on being kind to other believers. God wants us to bear the fruit of His kindness through us because he was kind to us. His kindness lead us to repentance and as we allow the Holy Spirit to produce kindness through us, others will be led to repentance as well–the fruit of the Spirit is Kindness.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and the next four episodes focused on the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace, and Patience. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you’ll want to begin with these five meditations.

Once again, it’s hard to believe that it has been 7 months since I’ve published a new meditation. I recently shared on my personal blog about how I’ve been dealing with depression and didn’t know it. That, along with other things in my life, prohibited the writing and recording of this meditation. I would really like to return to producing new meditations on a regular weekly basis. If this ministry is valuable to you, and you would like to have more frequent meditations produced, please lift up me and this ministry in your times of prayer. I would also like to add some other people to play active roles in this ministry too. I’m not exactly sure what others might do, but if you feel God is leading you to take a more active role in the Mindful Worshp ministry, let me know where you think you might fit in. (Photo by Patrick Doheny. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 2:1-7, Titus 3:4, Romans 2:4, Luke 6:35-36, and Ephesians 4:32
Time: 34:19
File Size: 31.4 mb

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Mindful Worship Meditation #28 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Patience

November 22nd, 2009 - Categories: Free Guided Meditations, Guided Meditations

Patient Girl at WindowThis meditation is the fifth of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. It has often been said that if you need patience, you shouldn’t ask God for it because the only way to grow patience is to be put in stressful situations where you have to be patient. But what about our patience towards God? And more importantly, what about our patience towards other people? It’s so easy to become frustrated when others don’t act the way we expect them to. It’s so easy to want to rush to correct them, to chastise them, and to change them. God wants us to bear the fruit of His patience through us that His higher purposes might be achieved–the fruit of the Spirit is Patience.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and the next three episodes focused on the fruits of Love, Joy, and Peace. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you’ll want to begin with these four meditations.

This has been my most challenging meditation to write yet. It’s hard to believe that it has been over 3 months since I’ve published a new meditation. I believe that God has been growing the fruit of patience in my life during this time, and in yours too–especially if you’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this meditation. I’m excited about the work that He is doing in my life and yours, regardless of the methods He uses to achieve it. It’s a wonderful journey and I’m glad to take it with wonderful listeners like you. (Photo by Meg Wills. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 18:23-27, 2 Peter 3:15, 2 Peter 3:9, Hebrews 6:13-15, and 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Time: 30:35
File Size: 28.0 mb
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Articles and Blog Posts about Christian Meditation – Volume 2

August 29th, 2009 - Categories: News

Woman Reading Meditaton Articles on Her MacBook ProIt has been quite some time since I’ve connected you to some of the best articles, editorials, and blog posts I’ve read about Christian meditation and meditating on God’s Word. When I run across really good articles, I always make a note of the location–I just haven’t been sharing them with my readers. However, I’m taking a few minutes now to share some. I expect to share more in a few weeks. Just like in Volume 1, these are presented in no particular order. I hope you enjoy them!

  • I just wrote an article for Praise-and-Worship.com entitled, Worship with Meditation. This article provides a brief history of meditation in the Bible, a summary of my own techniques for meditating on the scriptures, and an explanation of how meditating on the scriptures can be an act of worship.
  • Phil Pringle is the pastor of Christian City Church Oxford Falls. Phil prints verses on paper and then meditates on them. As he does so, he writes his thoughts and comments on the paper using different colors and styles, then he posts those thoughts and comments and a picture of his finished work of meditation on his blog. Try this yourself! I’ve been doing it some and it has been a wonderful experience for me.
  • Week 2 of the “What Works” series by Phil Fox Rose for Busted Halo is entitled, What Works: Meditation.
  • When I got my first Palm PDA about 9 years ago, the first Bible software I used on it was by Olive Tree Bible Software. They have a wonderful article on their web site entitled, Meditating on God’s Word. You don’t have to use one of their Bible programs to learn a great deal from this article though.
  • Although it’s a very short post, T.J. Francis has a post entitled Stop and Think… at his The 12th of Isaiah blog, that I think will make you stop and think.

I have a couple dozen more articles that I can highly recommend, but I’ll save those for another day. If you are aware of some articles, essays, or blog posts you would like me to consider for future volumes, feel free to contact me with a link to them. (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License)

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Mindful Worship Meditation #27 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace

August 1st, 2009 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Peaceful LakeThis meditation is the fourth of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. In today’s turbulent world, so many people are seeking peace. Unfortunately, many are seeking peace through changes to their circumstances, instead of seeking the peace of Christ in the midst of, and in spite of, their circumstances. In this guided Christian meditation, you’ll contemplate some of the New Testament passages that explain what peace is, how Jesus has given us His peace, and how we can become the blessed peacemakers God has called us to be. Peace is not something we produce on our own, but rather, the fruit of the Spirit is Peace.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and the next two episodes focused on the fruits of Love and Joy. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you’ll want to begin with these three meditations. Speaking of peace, you may also enjoy Mindful Worship Meditation #13 – Jehovah-Shalom, The Lord Is Peace. I’ve had an incredible experience with God in my life as He has used the time I’ve spent meditating on these passages and asking the Holy Spirit to produce better quality fruit in my life. I’d love to hear about your own experiences in the comments. (Photo by Alberto Alerigi. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23, Luke 24:36, John 14:27, 1 Peter 3:11, Matthew 5:9
Time: 28:03
File Size: 26.6 mb

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Mindful Worship Meditation #26 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy

April 19th, 2009 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Listening to Meditation on an iPod on the Beach Experiencing JoyThis meditation is the third of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. So often, when we hear the word joy, we think about happiness. However, joy in a Christian’s life is much more than mere happiness. In this guided Christian meditation, you’ll contemplate some of the New Testament passages that explain what joy is, the things the Holy Spirit uses to produce joy, and how we can apply that joy in our walk with Christ. Joy is not something we produce on our own, but rather, the fruit of the Spirit is Joy.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and then contemplated how The Fruit of the Spirit is Love. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you’ll want to begin with these two meditations. I’ve had an incredible experience with God in my life as He has used the time I’ve spent meditating on these passages and asking the Holy Spirit to produce better quality fruit in my life. I’d love to hear about your own experiences in the comments. (Photo by Seth Anderson. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Matthew 13:44, 1 Peter 1:8-9, Romans 15:13, Philippians 1:4-5, 2 Corinthians 7:4, James 1:2-3, Matthew 28:4
Time: 42:04
File Size: 38.5 mb

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Mindful Worship Meditation #25 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

April 12th, 2009 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Agape - Heart in Bible PagesThis meditation is the second of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. In Paul’s list of the fruits in Galatians, he lists love first. Love is the primary fruit and in fact, all the other fruits are not possible without love. In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he listed sixteen qualities of Christian love. In this meditation, you will contemplate these sixteen qualities from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: what they are, how God expresses them perfectly, and how you express them in your own life. The fruit of the Spirit is Love.

Many listeners have asked about a meditation on the expressions of love found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This seemed like a perfect place to dig into those attributes. I didn’t set out to write a guided meditation that was nearly an hour long, but this passage is so rich, it seemed the only way to get everything in. I hope you grow in your own expression of love as you meditate with me on those passages–I know I certainly have.

Mindful Worship Meditation #24 – The Fruit of the Spirit, is the first part of this christian meditation series; it provides an overview of the nine fruits of the spirit. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, that is the place to begin. (Photo by Marcelino Rapayla Jr. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 John 4:16
Time: 58:47
File Size: 53.8 mb

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Mindful Worship Meditation #24 – The Fruit of the Spirit

April 5th, 2009 - Categories: Free Guided Meditations, Guided Meditations

Fruit - A Symphony of ColorsWhen we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit begins to live in us so He can teach us and lead us. As He lives in us, and we grow in Him, He builds nine characteristics of Godliness in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are all characteristics that all followers of Jesus should be producing in our lives. In this meditation, you will contemplate the The Fruit of the Spirit in your own life.

This particular meditation provides an overview of the nine fruits of the Spirit. In the upcoming guided Christian meditations, we will focus on each of the individual fruits more deeply, so that God may more plant them more deeply in our hearts. Be sure to let me know about your experience with this Christian guided meditation in the comments. (Photo by Nicu Buculei. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Galatians 5:22-23
Time: 23:16
File Size: 21.3 mb
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Mindful Worship Meditation #23 – Then I Will Teach

March 29th, 2009 - Categories: Guided Meditations, Premium Guided Meditations

Peace Be With YouThis meditation is the last of a three part series on Psalm 51. In Mindful Worship Meditation #21 – Have Mercy on Me, O God, we examined the first 6 verses as David laments over his sin of committing adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah, and asks God to forgive him. In Mindful Worship Meditation #22 – Create in Me a Pure Heart, we contemplated verses 7 through 12 where David asks God to clean him, renew him, and restore him. In this mediation we see David’s response to God’s grace. He begins by saying, Then I Will Teach.

When I originally began to write the first meditation in this series, I was only going to do a few particular verses from this Psalm. As I meditated on it in my own life though, I realized that every line holds life-changing truth that needs to be seriously contemplated. A single meditation would probably be more than an hour long though, so I decided to present it in a three-part series. This is the last of those three parts. I am now planning to do more series type meditations that will build and elaborate on each other and allow us to go deeper into the study and personal application of God’s Word. Let me know what you think in the comments. (Photo by Anna Gay. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License)


Scriptures in this meditation: Psalm 51:13-19
Time: 20:24
File Size: 18.6 mb

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