Should Christians Meditate? Introducing a new course in Bible-based meditation

Dear BibleDice Friends:

I am excited to announce the release of my new FREE video course, Meditation for Christians and offer the special discounted price of $9.99 for Bibledice users (regular price $49.99.)    NOW FREE

You Can Fully Embrace the Benefits of Meditation While Staying True to Your Own Beliefs. Meditation is often misunderstood as either a non-spiritual mental health practice or a mysterious ritual belonging to Eastern religions. In fact,  Meditation, and the related practices of contemplative prayer and “lectio divina” have been part of Christianity from the beginning. This course covers the theory and practice of meditation in a Biblical or Christian worldview. Using key Biblical passages as your guide, you will learn how to cultivate greater peace and wisdom in your life as you impress the word of God deep into your heart and mind. For a sample of my guided meditations, visit my youtube channel.

Daily meditation is a powerful tool to transform our lives and cultivate greater peace and wisdom.  In our modern life, we are too often stressed out, over-scheduled, and unfocused. In fact, it seems life conspires to keep us in this state of unrest. However, Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The spiritual life should not one of constant anxiety and fear and reactivity.

By the end of this course, you will: 

-Understand the basics of mindfulness meditation.

-Be able to practice the specific practice Christian or Biblical meditation.

-Understand the ancient practice of “lectio divina” or “divine reading” of scripture.

-Use a Biblical approach to “mindfulness” and “non-attachment” to be less reactive and fearful.

-Feel a greater sense of peace and devotion to God as you begin to meditate.

FREE BONUS: Get started right away with 8 free guided meditations from my popular YouTube channel, Meditations on the Mount. These downloadable MP3 files comprise the complete collection of my CD, Meditations on the Mount, an $8 value.

I am not anybody’s guru and I don’t claim any special enlightenment. However, I have been practicing and teaching meditation for about 10 years, to school groups and community organizations. I have learned a few things along the way and am eager guide you in learning a practice that has been a blessing in my life! For a free preview of the course, please click here

Regards,

SJ Lawrence, Creator of Bibledice.com and Meditations on the Mount

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Below are a few of the comments from my YouTube channel and Amazon regarding my guided meditations, which reflect the method taught in this course:

“I could feel my entire body so relaxed, careful, and as if I was floating, all anxiety and tension gone and I was able to feel where love was lacking a little bit in certain relationships and I will strive to love more. Gods presence is great in this meditation I feel physically and mentally changed. Thank you!” – Amy Leak

“All your meditations are wonderful and brought so much peace into my life. Blessings to you.” Michely Deana

“You have the most beautiful voice and presence. Thank you for doing what you do. Your meditations are so centering, uplifting and transforming.” -Christine Clear

“Very nice. Soothing background music and such a soothing voice of the narrator. I love listening to Scripture being read. A great way to de-stress and focus on God’s Word.” -Amazon Review

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Biblical Serendipity: The right verse at the right time

An interesting feature of spiritual autobiography throughout Christian history is the number of times someone, while grappling with a dilemma or pouring their heart out to God, feels inspired to open the Bible and read the first verse their eyes come to. Maybe the earliest and most notable of these moments is the story of St. Augustine’s conversion to Christianity as related in Confessions.  Having explored and experimented with the various philosophies of his day, he increasingly felt drawn to Christianity, becoming convinced it was God’s truth, but still unable to fully commit himself to the faith.

One day as Augustine paced in his garden at Milan, torn by indecision and inner turmoil, he heard a child’s voice say, “Tolle, lege. Tolle lege” Pick up and read. Pick up and read. Going to “the book of the apostle [Paul],” Augustine writes, “I seized it, opened it and in silence read the first passage on which my eyes lit: ‘Not in riots and drunken parties, not in eroticism and indecencies, not in strife and rivalry, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in its lusts’ (Rom. 13: 13-14). Upon reading this passage, Augustine reports “All the shadow of doubts were dispelled” (153).

I think of this and other similar moments as a kind of divinely serendipitous reading. And it was with such moments in mind that I created Bibledice.com. With no advertising and zero promotion, the website is now used by thousands of Bible readers from around the world.

Obviously this serendipity doesn’t happen every time you open (or click) the Bible. Yet there are those times when you just know the passage you get is more than coincidence. Maybe it’s a feeling. Maybe the scripture is just too specific to your situation. I have had several such moments with Bibledice as well as the hard copy Bible. Many of these have been profound and personal, but I want to relate a lighthearted one here.

My wife and I had been arguing over ridiculous things—nothing serious; it was just one of those days.  I despairingly sat at the computer and thought I’d go to Bibledice and see if the Lord had any insight. I wondered if I would get some admonition like “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved his Church” (Eph. :25). I clicked the button and instead got this:

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” Proverbs 21:9

I blinked, and then read it again. Then I laughed. It was like God and I were sharing an inside joke. It broke the gloom and lightened the mood. My wife also got a good laugh out of it and I don’t doubt that if she clicked for a scripture she might have gotten some proverb about a foolish man.

Obviously it would be easy to get carried away with reading too much meaning into every “roll” of biblebice. But I do believe some are messages meant for us specifically during specific times in life. I have received touching emails from users who attest to this fact. As Proverbs 16:33 says, “We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall” (New Living Translation).

Which brings me to my last point. Regular or even casual users of Bibledice have their Bibledice stories, moments when the right verse came at the right time. I would like to share your experience in the comments section of this post. If you want me to post if for you, email your Bibledice story to bibledice.com@gmail.com

SJ Lawrence