Spiritual disciplines bring us closer to God and can transform our lives. Below you will find several resources to help you develop some of the most common spiritual disciplines. These resources are recommended by our pastors and many of them are used by our staff in their spiritual journeys.

Engage Bible Study | Bible TranslationsBooks | Websites | AppsSpiritual Practices | Spiritual Direction | Racial Justice Resources | Don’t Know Where to Begin?

Engage Bible Study

Little Letters, Big Wisdom: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians are traditionally referred to as “Paul’s Prison Letters.” Written from Roman house arrest, Paul pours both his heart and his mind into these brief letters written to young churches. His intention is to connect, encourage, correct and disciple believers. In these letters Paul develops both theological and pragmatic themes, all aimed at developing maturity in these young churches. While arising out of specific challenges and cultures, these ancient letters speak current wisdom to believers today. They tell us who Jesus is, who we are and how we’re called to live in light of God’s work in the world. Freedom, unity, joy and faithfulness are the great themes of these letters, and while our circumstances are different, we need to hear these themes every bit as much as those first century believers. More information here.

Bible Translations to Consider

The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek. Our English Bibles are translations of these ancient languages. Translation is an art form, and always carries the biases of the translators. And that’s why there are so many different translations of the Bible. Here are the three translations we use most often at Prince of Peace:

  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) – the version most widely read in mainline Protestant denominations like the Lutheran Church. Excellent for academic study.
  • New Living Translation (NLT) – a very readable translation focusing on modern English.
  • The Message (MSG) – a translation done by a single scholar, Eugene Peterson. The Message is a less literal translation and seeks to express the meaning of the original author into modern thought. Excellent for first-time Bible readers or those who struggle to make sense of the Bible.

All three translations, and many others, can be viewed for free at Biblegateway.com or on the YouVersion app. Pick a few Bible passages and read each in all three translations. See which translation speaks most clearly to you.


Websites to Explore

Apps to Download

  • Headspace – An excellent introduction to meditation. While mostly non-religious, the primary instructor comes out of the Buddhist tradition. Some free and some paid resources.
  • Calm – Another helpful meditation resource.
  • YouVersion – A staff favorite! Loads of free bible translations and a seemingly endless selection of devotional resources.
  • Pray as You Go – A beautifully done audio resource to help listeners pray through scripture.
  • Centering Prayer (from Contemplative Outreach) – a helpful guide to growing in the practice of Centering Prayer
  • Parent Cue – based on the same theme as our Children’s Ministry curriculum, this is a great app for parents who want to intentionally help their kids grow spiritually

Spiritual Practices to Try

  • 30 Day Challenge (.pdf) – a list of spiritual practices that will help you live the Good Life and experience a deeper relationship with God. Commit to practicing two things on this list each day for the next 30 days. You may choose the same two things every day, or mix it up and try several different practices over the course of the month.
  • Centering Prayer – a powerful prayer practice of silence and surrender. In a culture of constant noise and busyness, this is a life-changing and challenging practice. See also the Centering Prayer app above.
  • Community – faith is a “team sport”, not just an individual journey. Healthy faith community sharpens us and blesses us in so many ways. Consider joining a small group (email Amy Oestreich at aoestreich@popmn.org)
  • Daily Devotions – each week Prince of Peace produces a Daily Readings resource with questions for reflection. A great way to lean into the themes of weekly worship and grow in faith.
  • The Daily Examen – an ancient prayer practice that helps disciples to grow in gratitude and more clearly see the presence of God in daily life.
  • Lectio Divina – an ancient practice help helps us get into scripture, and help scripture to get into us. See also the Pray as You Go app above.
  • Guided Meditation – Make yourself comfortable and try this medication based on Psalm 23.
  • The Welcoming Prayer – if you are struggling with strong or difficult feelings, the power of the Welcoming Prayer offers a structured way to embrace and accept these feelings so you can release them and move on. For an additional resource, check out this Welcoming Prayer video meditation.

Spiritual Direction

“We are all spiritually hungry. We all need someone to walk with us. To journey with us. To give us courage, to give us incentive, to give us inspiration. And that’s what a spiritual director is. That’s what we do.” Re. Dr. Carol Vaccariello

A Spiritual Director is a companion who walks with you on your spiritual journey; serves as a witness to the voice and discernment of God’s guidance in your life; offers compassionate listening as you explore questions, concerns, and feelings; is helpful during life transitions, spiritual crisis, or if you are desiring to grow deeper in your faith.

Spiritual direction is often offered as a one-to-one or group experience in private sessions with spiritual mentors who have most likely completed extensive formation for the ministry and service of spiritual direction.

Recommended Spiritual Directors in the area:

Racial Justice Resources

Are you looking for ways to learn more about racial justice? The Prince of Peace leadership recommends these resources to help you learn about and fight racism with grace, gentleness and persistence. Let’s put our faith into action as we listen, learn and actively engage in anti-racism. Racial Justice Resources

Don’t know where to begin?

Spiritual formation can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Like every great journey it begins by taking a single step. Pick one of the three below and commit to 10 minutes each morning:

  • Read a chapter a day from the Gospel of John or a Psalm. Ask yourself, “What does this mean for me and my life?”
  • Use the Daily Reading Plan provided by Prince of Peace. Really reflect on the questions.
  • Download the YouVersion app and choose a devotional plan to follow.

And whatever you do, don’t forget – spiritual formation isn’t about “doing it right.” It’s about focusing our attention in the right direction: on God’s love for us that’s been revealed in Jesus.

Sandy Rothschiller
Pastor of Spiritual Care

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