Discipleship

Discipleship

Listening to Scripture

2 Timothy 3: 14-17 says, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every…

Listening in Silence

(Also see: What is Lent?) How often do we go to God with all of our “stuff” and just dump it and run? Imagine going to the doctor, telling her all of your issues and then walking out of the office before she can speak? We would never do this with our doctor, why do we do it with God? This week’s practice is about being quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19)—we typically aren’t very good and…

What is Lent?

Lent is our forty day pilgrimage to the cross. It is a time for the examination of our choices, our hearts, the way we manage and live our lives.  It’s based on Christ’s forty days in the wilderness, and it leads us up to Easter. This Lenten season we want to offer you encouragement and direction for this self examination. We will focus on listening: listening to our selves, to others, to our world, and mostly listening to our God.…

The Evangelical Covenant Church and the Bible

The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), the denomination to which Malmo belongs, every so often publishes “teaching documents” for its churches to “provide context and clarity for Covenant churches on critical issues of concern in matters of faith, doctrine and conduct.” These resource papers are approved by the ECC Annual Meeting, our highest denominational authority, and are a helpful guide to understand how the ECC generally approaches scripture. The Evangelical Covenant Church believes that the “the Holy Scripture, the Old and…

Helpful Bible reading tips (podcast episode)

Scot McKnight’s* Kingdom Roots podcast recently posted an episode that presented his talk called “What I Wish Every Christian Would Do When Reading the Bible” (episode 125, episode links below**). It’s about 40 minutes long and has lots of wise and helpful suggestions for us as we read the Bible. As a teaser, here are the main points he makes: The Bible is a gift from God. Get out of the way. Develop bigger ears. Locate what you’re reading in…

Tractor Spirituality: connecting with God in the cab and in the kitchen.

The season has begun where a number of you will be spending a good many hours in seeders and trucks. Some of you always do that, no matter what the season. Below are some things you can do to connect with God and your faith in your tractor/truck as the seeding season unfolds. This could also be helpful to those of you who spend much of your time at home or even working a 9-5 job. Begin your work day…

Paying Attention

“Instructions for living a life:Pay attention.Be astonished.Tell about it.“ – Mary Oliver, from her poem “Sometimes” Lent is already a couple of weeks underway, but I’m going to suggest something for you to do during this season. I’m not going to suggest you give something up, though if you have, by all means carry on with it. But I want to suggest something to take up, something which will hopefully carry on through the rest of your life: pay attention.…

Palms up, palms down prayer

During worship last Sunday, the children and the rest of the congregation was led through the “palms up, palms down” prayer. This is a prayer that anyone can do at any time. Prayer is simply conversation with God—listening to and speaking with him. Sometimes it’s helpful to use our bodies when we pray to help us focus. This is not unusual: people lift their hands during worship, fold their hands and close their eyes during prayer, or perhaps kneel or…

Inviting God into your day (simple morning prayer)

It’s the time of year where many of us have committed to improving something in our lives or to develop better habits. Some of those commitments are large and some of them have been broken already! Here’s a suggestion for a simple habit to develop: first thing in the morning, before you do or say anything else, invite God into your day. This can be a short prayer you say as you sit on the edge of your bed, bedhead,…

Advent Devotional

Are you looking for a devotional book to use during the Advent season?  The Covenant Conference has published a booklet with daily reflections for Advent.  We have copies in print available for you on the Malmo Info Table in the foyer, or a digital copy is available below. COV_Advent-2018-Devotional
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