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Jesus’ Answer to Perilous Times

I’m grateful to Dr. Michael Brown and the messages he brought us Sunday morning and Sunday night. He gave us, like the son’s of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32), tremendous insight into our times so we can respond from wisdom. There’s no question, as Dr. Brown explained, that we live in some radically difficult times and [...] Continue reading…

A Prayer in the Storm

Psalm 107 is a word of encouragement. It’s a hymn of thanksgiving to Almighty God for His deliverance from the falls of life. It’s a psalm that should give us renewed confidence to face every challenge that comes our way. Psalm 107:28 says, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He [...] Continue reading…

Interceding for the Persecuted

This past Sunday Vicar Andrew White helped remind us of the terrible persecution that is happening in many areas of the world. His compassion for oppressed people is contagious and we all need to realize that we are all connected through Christ—as Andrew says, “We’re one family,” and join him in his efforts through prayer [...] Continue reading…

The Name in Action

We can see an illustration of the power of Jesus’ name early in the book of Acts. In Acts 3:1–8 we find Peter and John going up to the Temple at the hour of prayer. These two men, partners in the fishing business (Luke 5:10); together at the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–2); the ones [...] Continue reading…

Praying In His Name

Friends, there is no greater name in the entire universe than the Name of Jesus. The apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:9–11 that everything, and everyone, everywhere, must bow their knee to that Name
and confess His Lordship over all—we need to start using the Name with faith, and not merely empty tradition! God reveals [...] Continue reading…

Praying with Expectancy

Over my last few Blog posts I’ve focused on several Hebrew and Greek words for prayer and crying out to God. These are strong words that hold within them a meaning of boldness and fervency. We see Jesus crying out to God (this doesn’t always imply loud volume) and we should follow His example of [...] Continue reading…

What We Can Learn from How Jesus Prayed

E.M. Bounds, the middle Tennessee preacher from the Civil War era captured in his book, The Necessity of Prayer, how we need to pray. He wrote: Prayer, without fervour, stakes nothing on the issue, because it has nothing to stake. It comes with empty hands. Hands, too, which are listless, as well as empty, which [...] Continue reading…

Crying Out to God

As I wrote in my last Blog there’s a huge difference between prayer and crying out to God. Unfortunately we’ve reduced prayer to something safe and it is unfortunate because genuine prayer, as we see it in the Bible, is crying out to God. We can see it in the book of Exodus. The children [...] Continue reading…

Recognizing Heartfelt Prayer

I think something’s wrong with how many of God’s people and churches are looking at prayer. The problem is we’ve allowed prayer to become tame, safe—sometimes passionless, heartless, and even boring. I feel we’ve allowed it to become this way because of our own lack of personal experience passionately seeking Jesus’ face in the prayer [...] Continue reading…

Calling On His Name

God is not just the God of creation or the God of relationship. He’s not just the God of judgment or promise—He is the God of fulfilled promises and the God of abundant generosity. We can know this is true even when we are waiting and even when everything around us is going crazy. The [...] Continue reading…

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