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Are We Still Praying for the President?


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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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


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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God Is Trying to Help You Remain Balanced

Everyone is busy. It isn't just you - I promise. Your forefathers were busier. I know that one is hard to believe, but since the Puritans worked 70 hours per week, since John Wesley preached well over 10,000 times, and since Jesus was in demand by hungry hordes around the clock, I think we actually have it …

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Face to Face With My Creator

There is, in the account of the creation of man, a deep meaning in God's chosen methodology. In Genesis 2:7 we read: And the Lord God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person. ~ [youversion]Genesis 2:7 …

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Prayer: The Great Joint Venture

Charles Spurgeon once said, "Prayer moves the arm that moves the world." One of my mentors, Grady Higgs, often says that "nothing heavenly happens on earth without prayer." In other words, there are things God is willing to do - wants to do - but He has chosen to do them only in response to prayer. Prayer, …

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Life Is a Sacred Journey with God

The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster

Recently, our small group talked about the subject of spiritual disciplines and we based our discussion on the book The Sacred Journey: The Ancient Practices by Charles Foster. Foster particularly addresses prayer and meditation, but avoids nailing life down to a few prescribed rituals. I must admit that I …

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Dream Bigger – Ask More

Dream Forest

"You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 ESV) James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We've received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don't I have? Because I didn't ask. And he goes on to …

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