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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

Christian Meditation Part I

When you think about the practice of meditation, what comes to mind? Do you think about someone sitting and contemplating their navel? Adherents may try to empty their minds, looking for peace.

Practices like this have given meditation a bad name, but Biblical meditation does have a real place in the body of Christ. Rather than emptying it, the mind needs to be filled with Godís Word. The apostle Paul said it like this in Philippians 4:6-9 - ďHave no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mindís in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers and sisters whatsoever is true, what ever is honorable, whatever is just, what ever is pure what ever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things... and the God of peace will be with you."

Instead of looking for peace by emptying your mind, take hold of the peace that you already have if you are a child of God. Focus your mind on Godís Word, thinking about the ways that His beauty and majesty are displayed, and allow His peace to overflow you.

It may not be easy, but whatever situation you find yourself in, you can know that God is in control. For as you quiet your heart, you will find new strength to face each task.

Thank you for reading this,
Pastor Timothy Burdick
Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

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