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Robert E. Webber

February 25, 2013: Experience in Worship

Experience in worship is not my immediate pleasure or even my immediate response. The focus of experience is not on my experience of God but on how God as the subject of worship forms me through word and sacrament and thereby changes my life. -Robert E. Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life...
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February 18, 2013: Why Fast?

Lent is the time to identify a power working against us and crucify it with Christ and bury it in the tomb, never to be raised again. . . . [Fasting] controls the passion for food in order to deal with a passion of another sort that holds us in its grip. The purpose of...
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February 11, 2013: Lent Calls Us Back

Lent . . . calls us back to God, back to basics, back to the spiritual realities of life. It calls on us to put to death the sin and the indifference we have in our hearts toward God and our fellow persons. And it beckons us to enter once again into the joy of...
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January 28, 2013: God’s Personal Relationship With Me

When someone asks me the question, “Do you have a personal relationship with God?” I always answer, “You’re asking the wrong question. What is important here is not that I in and of myself achieve or create a personal relationship with God, but that God has a personal relationship with me through Jesus Christ, which...
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January 21, 2013: The Confidence in Spirituality

The confidence in spirituality is not my experience but my baptism into Christ, with the focus on Christ embracing me in his death and resurrection. -Robert E. Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006), 74.
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January 14, 2013: Progressive Unveiling of God’s Glory

The manifestation of the glory of God made present in Jesus is to continue in his followers.
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January 7, 2013: Be an Epiphany of Jesus’ Self-giving

We are the disciples whom Jesus has called . . . to turn away from self-love and self-service, to abandon a life lived for self-gratification or self-glory, and to serve God as an epiphany of the self-giving service of Jesus. True spirituality longs for, seeks for, and wills this abandonment of self so that Christ...
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December 31, 2012: An Epiphany In Me

Bob recounts attending his first Epiphany service: “I realized that an epiphany was occurring for me right there in the service of worship. I was seeing the glory of God in Christ face-to-face. This manifestation, this epiphany, was not to be a thing of the past, something that happened two thousand years ago, but was...
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December 24, 2012: The Spirituality of the Incarnation

What humans could not attain because they could not raise themselves to God, God attained by descending to humans. . . . There can be no such thing as spirituality without God initiating relationship with human persons, a relationship that is traced back to the momentous event we celebrate as Christmas—God with us. But there...
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December 17, 2012: Drift or Turn?

Advent is a time when we ask, even plead with God not to leave us alone.
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December 10, 2012: The Spirituality of Advent

The spirituality of Advent calls us to start our journey in expectation of the second coming of Christ.
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December 3, 2012: Advent–A Season of Renewal

Advent is the time when God breaks in on us with new surprises and touches us with a renewing and restoring power. . . . We should use the Advent season as a period to identify the matters from which we need to be redeemed. Identify whatever it is that seems to be holding you...
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November 26, 2012: Correct Vision of Reality

God has taken the initiate to unite us and the world to himself and calls on us to see and live our life out of this vision of reality. -Robert E. Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006), 45.
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November 19, 2012: The Choice to Will God’s Will

The spiritual life is lived in the passionate choice to will God’s will in all our living. The exercise of Jesus’s will to always do the will of the Father is the key to our participation in God. Like Jesus, we participate in God by submitting our will to do the purposes of God perfectly...
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