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Now see who has crossed the bridge to walk the inter-religious pagan pathway….

Labyrinth transforms prayer life, Baptists say
The ancient practice which involves walking a maze while praying has become more popular among Baptists as Christians in general are adopting more eclectic spiritual disciplines.

Rita Martin knows a thing or two about prayer as a lifelong Baptist who raised a family in the church.

Or at least she thought she did until this past Maundy Thursday when she participated in a labyrinth prayer session with other members of her congregation at Vinton Baptist Church in Vinton, Va.

Labyrinths vary in size and patterns, but generally feature a maze that participants walk slowly and prayerfully, usually concentrating on a particular verse of Scripture, the name of Christ or another spiritual concept. The practice is growing in popularity among Baptists as they explore unfamiliar spiritual disciplines to deepen their faith…

More at source:

http://abpnews.com/faith/item/28668-labyrinth-transforms-prayer-life-baptists-say#.U2tvDUu9LCR

*THE TRUTH about THE LABYRINTH:

The Labyrinth Journey: Walking the Path to Fulfillment?
By Carl Teichrib
http://www.forcingchange.org/the_labyrinth_journey

Enter the labyrinth
http://www.letusreason.org/Nam30.htm

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Is there a place for the labyrinth in Christianity? Please watch all three parts of Researching The Labyrinth and then decide.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

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It was last Oct. 30—All Hallows Eve—and the students of Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools were pulsating with the energy of the season. Some of them had already been to corn mazes and many were anticipating a time of trick-or-treating on the weekend.

To counter the darkness that often surrounds Halloween hype, the school held its first worship fair, a day of workshops on topics related to worship and connecting with God.

I had been invited to introduce Grade 3 to 8 children to praying with a 4.5-metre-square cloth labyrinth—a maze-like prayer tool. Symbolic of the pilgrim’s journey, its concentric pathways and focused meditation/mediation stops bring the pray-er ever closer to God at the centre…

More on how these school boys were introduced to the occult practice of walking the labyrinth, here:

Unexpected encounters with spiritual boys
By Elsie Rempel
Mennonite Church Canada Release

Canadian Mennonite
Volume 14, No. 03
Feb. 8, 2010
http://www.canadianmennonite.org/

Related:

LABYRINTHS, Prayer Paths That Promote the Occult
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/labyrinth.htm

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Fictionally Fighting Contemplative Spirituality

by John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire

And [King Uzziah] made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. (2 Chronicles 26:15)

As Lighthouse Trails Ministries has grimly noted, 2009 was a year in which contemplative spirituality—essentially New Age meditation—made great inroads into the culture, and especially into the church.

A Canadian writer is fighting back. Castles in the Sand is Carolyn Greene’s intriguing novel about the invasion of contemplative spirituality into a traditional Christian college.

More here:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=2838

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Enter the Labyrinth

by Mike Oppenheimer

Let Us Reason Ministries

Walking the labyrinth has become a popular spiritual exercise across the country and around the world. I first read of it in Leadership Magazine, a Christian publication and became a bit concerned, since looking into it further I’m definitely concerned.

Labyrinths are said to been used for over 3000-3500 years (depending who you ask), accurate dating has been difficult. We are told by those who promote their use that Labyrinths are ancient and have been a part of the sacred landscape through human history. Those who use the labyrinth describe them as a pattern with power and a purpose. They are called “divine imprints,” that symbolize an archetype of wholeness. The Labyrinth is said to encourage healing, clarity, and peacefulness. There are claims of profound experiences as they affect the people who use them by connecting them with the deepest part of themselves. Labyrinths can often have a particular “specialty” in healing, improving ones health or alleviating symptoms of certain diseases.

More here (note picture of labyrinth at Eastern Mennonite University):

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=390

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When you are feeling empty, lonely or spiritually dry, instead of dipping your toes into the different streams of contemplative spiritual formation (via contemplative prayer, silent retreats, centering prayer, spiritual discplines, getting to know your true self, or taking a labyrinth walk) [1] in order to get closer to God, try instead just simply saturating yourself in the living water of His Word. He has promised it will not return void!

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11

Take it from someone who lived it…

“I went onto the balcony and opened my Bible to the book of Hebrews. I started reading the first chapter in the way I always had, analyzing and studying the text as I read.

But something was wrong, I said to myself, “I’m not receiving a thing.” Then I looked right up to God and said aloud, “Father, You said that ‘man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord’ (Deut. 8:3). Now Lord, I am a missionary, and I am supposed to tell others that they can live by the Word of God. If I myself do not live there, I’m a phony. Now please prove that I can do this. Lord I am serious, I am asking You. You promise that You will reward a person who truly seeks You. Lord it is up to You! I am going to begin reading again. Lord, please make Hebrews come alive to me.” I began to read Hebrews again, starting from the beginning.

The next time I looked up, I had finished the whole book. Almost four hours had gone by. Looking back I cannot explain any particular truth the Lord gave me or remember any particular verse that shone with special meaning. But what happened was this. Through reading God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit and depending upon God to give life through it, it was as though God had picked me up and taken me into Heaven where He dwells. I had been with Him! My entire spiritual being was renewed. Leaving the balcony, feelings of lassitude disappeared, depression was gone–I had received God’s words and was rejuvenated in every part of my being.

I write this because it has been one of the secrets of my life. Again and again in China it was impossible to avoid acute loneliness. Sometimes there were acute problems and I suffered from depression. Then I would remember the solution–to saturate myself in God’s Word, in other words, God Himself.”

-A. Wetherell Johnson
Founder of Bible Study Fellowship
Source: “Created for Commitment

HT: Discern It

[1] Contemplative and New Spirituality Terms

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