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Are We Still Praying for the President?

Barak-Obama

Polls indicate that most Americans don't trust our chief governmental leader right now. He's pushed through an unpopular piece of legislation with potentially damaging effects and its rollout has been an all out blooper reel. At times, he seems unbending and arrogant - unfazed by the barrage of criticism …

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Mountains Will Move

Jesus said some pretty radical things, and one of our favorite things to do is weaken and water down His message. For example, when Jesus said, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here …

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We Are At War

There is always a war happening somewhere. According to some experts, in the last 3,400 years of documented human history, there have only been about 250 years of peace in which nations have not been warring against other nations. There's always a war happening somewhere. The same is true spiritually. Whether …

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What is God Thinking? Ask the Holy Spirit

I often remember as a teenager hearing from my parents this classic question: "What were you thinking?!?" You with me? The problem was often that I didn't really know what I was thinking when I did the dumb thing that sparked the question to begin with, so my answer was almost always, "Ummm, I don't …

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Jesus Is a Treasure to Be Discovered

Sylvester is Homeless

I still remember digging around in a treasure chest full of sand at the Browning Fair. I felt something like a rock and pulled it out - it was gold! Actually, it was a rock, spray-painted to look like gold. I traded it for a cheap plastic fire helmet which was probably the greater treasure to a little boy …

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When You Don’t Know How to Pray

When my wife and I were going through a seven-year period of secondary infertility, we often found ourselves completely unable to understand what God was doing in our lives. Our prayers were seemingly going unanswered and we often wondered what God was trying to teach us. I sometimes found myself wondering if …

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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

Brandon Cox and Rick Warren

I've started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I've deleted it. It's hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son, Matthew, ended his own life at the age of 27 after battling …

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I’m Praying for God to Bless You

Alone In the Desert

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 …

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14 Great Books on the Subject of Prayer

Handle with Prayer by Charles Stanley

I'm wrapping up a message series on the subject of prayer this Sunday, and I've grown in my personal prayer walk as a result of preaching it. I've learned from some great sources and wanted to pass along a list of my favorites... Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God's Strength for Living by Charles …

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How to Know When God Is Up to Something

Waves

Is the earth still spinning? Are waves still crashing on the beach? God. Is. Up. To. Something... guaranteed! It's been well over ten years since I led our church in Kentucky through a study of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, the classic work by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. The …

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