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I’m Praying for God to Bless You

I'm currently reading Wayne Cordeiro's Leading on Empty, and in it, Wayne passes along an ancient prayer written by some Franciscan monks... May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live from deep within your heart where God's Spirit dwells. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort …

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If You’re a Pastor or Church Leader, You Must Read IT

It is a really great book! It is all about "how churches and leaders can get it and keep it." What is it? Though Craig Groeschel never really defines it, he does offer this clarifying list: It is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people: - Passion for his presence - A deep craving to reach the lost - Sincere integrity - Spirit-filled faith - Down-to-earth humility - Brokenness There are a few books I've read in the last decade …

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Defining the Favor of God

The phrase "favor of God" seems to be growing in popularity, and I'm glad. It's a biblical phrase - a good phrase. But it's often misunderstood. I once heard a guy talk about finding a parking spot right up front on a busy shopping day because of the "favor of God." I pictured in my mind the pregnant lady with triplets who had to park a football field away because of the favor of God upon this Pastor. A recent story from LarkNews (satire, by the way - don't start an email …

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Giving the Gift of a Blessing

When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent's The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words "blessed" and "blessing." We even follow up a sneeze with "Bless you." But in Scripture, the idea of a "blessing" was filled with meaning. God said that all who treated Abraham and his descendants well would be blessed. The patriarchs reserved the "blessing" …

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Start Your Family Well (What To Pray Over Your New Home)

Last night I had a pretty neat experience. A couple who have recently married and begun their new life together asked me to come and bless their home, something I've never been asked to do in almost 14 years of ministry. The short version - we talked about Jesus and prayed over their family's future. The long version... They showed me around each room and then we talked for a while about some friends of theirs whom they are praying for over various needs. Then we talked …

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