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Steven W. Smith has a small group study, done church wide, circulating right now.  It leads people straight into contemplative prayer and maybe more.  First of all, the account of Lazarus is completely misused.  I have provided links for your non-enjoyment and research.

 

http://www.faith-life.org/Worship/Sermons/tabid/51067/Default.aspx

 

This sermon outright takes the congregation through imagery and contemplative prayer.

 

http://www.faith-life.org/Portals/1539/Sermons/090125%20Lazarus%20Life%20-%20Part%204%20-%20%20Learning%20to%20Listen%20to%20Jesus.pdf

 

You can download the first chapter here:

 

http://lazaruslife.com/book.htm

 

And here is a sample of the study:

 

http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/resources/samples/106183.pdf

 

Steven W. Smith’s “other” ministry:

 

http://www.pottersinn.com/

 

This page has Steve Smith speaking about the Lazarus Life.  I know you can get a clue there are big problems, but he holds back where he is going.  I feel this tactic is used in contemplative circles all over the place.  Hiding the agenda is what it’s about.  Then you have the people in life groups, small groups, whatever, and it’s harder to leave because of group think and also the love you develop for your friends.  So they cannot be up front.  I am sad that people don’t listen to the warnings, we took years to see it.  This man speaking at our former church though got me to start searching and that’s how I eventually found out about Dallas Willard (our former church pastors read Willard’s work and promoted him)  and learned a lot from sights  like Apprising Ministries, Slice, Lane’s Blog, TeamPyro, and Lighthouse Trails. 

 http://lazaruslife.com/interview.htm

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I wanted to post the curriculum as an example without our former church name on the link.  The above curriculum encourages “shepherds” to have children listen to a song while on the floor with socks off, and with lighted candles.  There are other things that disturb me like some questions that do not have any right answers.  Quite a problem.

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