Never Underestimate Divine Experience: The Bare Essentials of Spiritual Disciplines
It’s time to take off those clothes and reveal what you’ve been hiding underneath! Not quite ready to walk around NUDE yet? Me either. We like to hide under the veil of clothing so that no one sees our flaws and shame. Clothing makes us comfortable and respectable to present ourselves in public. Yet God wants to peel away the layers of clothing and sin to see our true selves. He forms us into NUDE Christians through the spiritual disciplines of prayer, meditation, tithing, Bible reading, and many more.
NUDE opens the way for God to draw us into a closer relationship with him. As we explore each spiritual discipline, we will discover the biblical reasoning behind each one and walk through the steps to integrate them into our lives. Despite our layers of clothing and shortcomings, God continues to pour out his grace, so that we might Never Underestimate Divine Experience!
In order to accomplish the most extraordinary event in history, God used the ordinary to fulfill his purpose. Each day of Lent, the story of Holy Week is told by intertwining the role of ordinary people with ordinary items. Come explore Jesus’ world, from the Roman soldier, who put the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, to the humble couple making a sacrifice at the temple while visiting Jerusalem for Passover. Through the thoughts and actions of these ordinary people, you will see how God takes daily life and makes it a part of the story of salvation.
The most extraordinary event in history began in an ordinary place with a newborn baby boy lying in a manger. Before Jesus dies on the cross and rises again to life, he is born to a humble couple, traversing through the expanse of the Roman Empire. Prepare for the Christmas season by discovering the everyday life in Israel. See the compassion of the Innkeeper, the struggle of Mary's parents trying to keep their daughter safe, and the devotion of Anna worshiping in the temple. Throughout the Christmas story, God uses elements from our daily experiences to bring about the birth of the Messiah.