Death, Where is Your Sting?

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  • May 28, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis seems to talk a lot about pain and loss. As you know, he has two books clearly on the subject, The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed. We may throw in The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters if we widen the thought of explaining pain with the reality of death and the struggle of this life.

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Spiritual Guidance from the Letters of C. S. Lewis

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  • May 25, 2016
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Over his lifetime, C. S. Lewis wrote thousands of letters in which he offered his friends and acquaintances advice on the Christian life, signing each one with a heartfelt and familiar, “yours, Jack.”

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Grace Outlasts Pain

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  • May 17, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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The eternal cause of pain is not clear; it wears a mask. But because God is good, we have hope of a ‘good’ eternal cause to our temporal conflicts. The Apostle Paul writes that we should not mourn like those that have no hope. Lewis says that this command must certainly be “addressed to our betters,” because, “What St. Paul says can comfort only those who love God better than the dead, and the dead better than themselves.”

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Prayer Without Words is the Best

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  • Apr 27, 2016
  • Tim Scheiderer
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“Prayer without words is the best.” – C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm
For Lewis, the locus for prayer is the mind. In his correspondence with Malcolm, he calls praying exclusively with the mind a “golden moment.” The golden moment does not happen often, though, due to a lack of “mental and spiritual strength.” However, if we can harness the roaming nature of our minds and focus on holy thought during times of prayer, we will experience soul-refreshing communion.

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The Effectiveness of Analogy

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  • Apr 08, 2016
  • Malcolm Guite
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In explaining the way Christians see good, Lewis offers a vivid analogy: “… the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life within him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.”

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Jesus Defines Humility For Us

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  • Mar 26, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Easter is here. The great passion of death’s sting emptied into the dying Messiah. He would complete what he had said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” These three days changed the world, our perception of God, and his want for us. As we’ve read about pride in A Year with C.S. Lewis earlier this week, it’s fitting to now turn to humility.

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Daylight Saving

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  • Mar 12, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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As we think of gardens in the coming days of spring, consider the garden where Jesus prayed so hard he sweat blood compared to our present trials. “We are not asked to go anywhere where he has not gone before us,” writes Lewis in a letter to Mrs. Jessup in Nov. 1952. “I have had enough experiences of the crises of family life, the terrors, the despondencies, hopes deferred, and wearinesses. …Take it hour by hour, don’t add the past & the future to the present load more than you can help.”

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C. S. Lewis: Readings for Reflection and Meditation (50% off plus free shipping through March 27th)

C. S. Lewis: Readings for Reflection and Meditation (50% off plus free shipping through March 27th)
  • Mar 08, 2016
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Gathered from the mass of C. S. Lewis’s published works—including The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, The Four Loves, and God in the Dock—as well as from letters, essays, and less familiar writings, this compendium contains a cross section of Lewis’s finest work. Ranging from such topics as spirituality, materialism, and more, these readings are as compelling today as when they were originally written.

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Wrong Side of the Door

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  • Feb 29, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis has this great moment in “The Weight of Glory” when this sense of longing for eternity really finds its way through the dark paths of my heart. He asks whether we are on the wrong side of God’s door because we can see the beauty and freshness of creation but we don’t participate in it, at least not fully.

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The Holy Eraser

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  • Feb 19, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Have you ever wondered why God didn’t call back the first sins of Adam and Eve? Why didn’t he simply reverse the course then and there? In the selection for February 20 (A Year with C.S. Lewis) Lewis suggests that God could remove the offense by a miracle. Why didn’t he? Perhaps it’s due to an intervention that would nullify the human choice, as Lewis points out. Would God then burst into the scene with the sins that followed, each and every time?

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