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We want God to do the spectacular through us and around us. Of course we do. I can remember times when I've read Acts and then prayed that God would shake our little prayer meeting room, just as he shook the room the disciples were praying in. We read about...
A couple of days ago I wrote about God's presence—all around us at every moment, but somehow eluding our attention. Yesterday I had a discussion with one of my students about the things we do in "secret" that we would never do if we were cognizant of God's presence...
Your pastor prays for you. His God-given duty, after all, is to "keep watch over your soul" (Heb. 13:17). But unless you're a rare individual, you don't pray for your pastor as much as you should. I want to convince you that your pastor desperately needs you to pray...

Cultivation

Sometimes when I go through my weekly ritual of mowing my lawn, I wonder, “How many times have I walked over this exact spot?” I step on virtually every square inch of my lawn every single week. I push the mower over every blade of grass, cutting them to...
I was reading The Epistle of Barnabas (a letter by one of the early Church Fathers) this week and came across this curious argument. According to Barnabas, Israel misunderstood the food laws given at Mt. Sinai. Moses wasn’t referring to actual food. He was speaking “spiritually.” God’s intention wasn’t to forbid...
This is a simple thought, but today it’s striking me as important. Yesterday I went to the beach with my family after church. We packed up our beach gear, packed up our dinner, and headed out. We had an amazing afternoon with the girls—relaxing, playing in the waves, turning the...
Generally speaking, we’re pretty horrible at praying for people. We’re quick to say, “I’ll be praying for you,” but we’re often terrible at the follow through. I’m not inclined to say that people don’t pray just because they don’t care. Certainly there is some truth to that, and if you...
Throughout the Bible, prayer is a good thing. Obviously. Biblical characters pray in tight situations, they pray for one another, and the Bible frequently commands us to pray. Prayer is powerful and effective, we are told. Prayer is one of those things that Christians know they ought to do...
Last week we followed the horrifying news of a terrorist-style bombing, the murder of a police officer, a manhunt, intense shootouts, and finally the death of one suspect and capture of the other. As all of this unfolded, probably the last thing most of us thought to do was...
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16). “If we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:15). If you pray for something, you’ll get it. Isn’t...
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