Topical meditations

First person reader

This structured series of meditations expresses first person statements of faith followed by a prayer.

The reader will gain the most from this project if he/she speaks out loud the faith statements. For instance, "I am righteous," means the reader is becoming righteous as he/she speaks it. Continued exercise of this sort will result in greater understanding, christian growth and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Within each group of articles:

  • (Part 1) introduces the topic with Old Testament references.
  • (Part 2) expands it with the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels.
  • (Part 3) elaborates how these ideas work out in the early church from the writings of the early church fathers.

I Am (part 1)

by Vincent Clark on January 2, 2018
The names of God provide comfort and assurance to me. When God spoke to Moses in Exodus 3:14 he used the name 'I AM'. Read More ...

I Am (part 2)

by Vincent Clark on January 8, 2018
Jesus Christ is the central focus of all that God is doing in the world. His life and ministry are given to us in the four gospels.Through eye witnesses and his own words, we learn the various names that connect him with the Great I Am. Read More ...

I Am (part 3)

by Vincent Clark on January 15, 2018
Writings from First Century Church Fathers provide insight into the growth of the early Church with emphasis on the theology of Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit and the behavior of Christians. After his ascension Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.The introduction of the Holy Spirit into the activities of Christians became the power house that forcefully advances the kingdom of God. Finally, the Revelation of St John the Divine provide apocalyptic expressions to describe what the end

Becoming (part 1)

by Vincent Clark on January 22, 2018
The process of transformation occurs in real time using the future progressive tense of the verb to be: become, becoming. Every spiritual transformation contains within it two seemingly contradictory time frames. When seen through God's eyes (that is from eternity), everything occurs instantly because God sees the beginning from the end as a single event. When seen through our eyes in the world (that is within history), everything occurs as a process. For instance, Faith occurs instantly the minute I believe and yet it also grows as I exercise it.

Becoming (part 2)

by Vincent Clark on January 29, 2018
Spiritual growth is the process of transformation as I am becoming more like Jesus through faith, obedience, devotions and patience. Jesus used everyday examples from housekeeping and farming in his descriptions of spiritual matters. He spoke of wine, wine skins, seeds and crops, bread, and sheep. From these teachings, I find hope that God will finish the work he started in me. Read More ...

Becoming (part 3)

by Vincent Clark on February 3, 2018
From the moment I was born again, I entered a life path toward becoming spiritually mature by participating in contrasting activities as living and dying, walking and running, fighting and abiding. Epistles and letters from early church fathers encouraged patience, endurance, and devotion to God and one another by the power of the Holy Spirit. From these teachings, I receive specific instructions on becoming more mature in my faith and spirituality. Read More ...

Righteous (part 1)

by Vincent Clark on February 12, 2018
Righteous means acting in accord with divine or moral law, free from guilt or sin, or morally right or justifiable. Righteousness is a trait or attribute that designates one who is blameless and able to stand in God's presence. Who is righteous and who can become righteous? Read More ...

Righteous (part 2)

by Vincent Clark on February 19, 2018
The truly righteous are humble and do not draw attention to themselves. Jesus teaches to seek true righteousness for its reward. The righteousness that Jesus speaks of is profound and totally different from anything taught in the Law of Moses. Read More ...

Righteous (part 3)

by Vincent Clark on February 26, 2018
The righteous shall live by faith. Righteous is as righteous does. There is no conflict between faith and works. Faith is the beginning of righteousness and I must work out my salvation with fear and trembling by my righteous attitudes and behavior. Read More ...

Forgiven (part 1)

by Vincent Clark on March 5, 2018
Atonement is the key to me being forgiven for my sins. It means to compensate, recompense, reimburse, remunerate, repay, amend, correct, rectify, redress, propitiate, expiate (for), mend and redeem. Almost all of the books of Moses describe over and over methods and rituals of atonement. Sacrifices of bulls and goats were specified along with numerous rituals and laws specifically for this atonement. Read More ...