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Dream Bigger – Ask More

"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 point out that often when we ask, we're doing so for selfish reasons. I want to challenge you today to do some pretty important things. Dream Bigger Whatever it is …

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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 leveled his way. But we know better, don't we? Any of us, in his shoes, would be dying on the inside. Our family life would be battered by the side effects of a Dad whom …

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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 to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” - Matthew 17:20 (NLT) We assume that He probably wasn't being literal, He was probably exaggerating, and …

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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 you realize it or not, there is a war going on around you between the forces of God and the forces of Satan. Don't misunderstand. God is at no risk of losing. It's not …

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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 know." Here's another question: What is God thinking? As a matter of theological grounding, we need to understand that God doesn't just predict the future, He writes it and knows …

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Jesus Is a Treasure to Be Discovered

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 enamored with firefighters like his Dad and Granddaddy. There are wonderful and amazing truths to be discovered about our Creator, about eternity, and about our own souls. …

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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 we were praying for the right answer. You may have found yourself in a similar place in your prayer life. When a loved one has what looks like a terminal disease, do we …

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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

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 severe mental illness for many years. I have heard Rick speak of this behind closed office doors, asking for prayer and pouring his heart out concerning his love for his …

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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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14 Great Books on the Subject of Prayer

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 Stanley Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer by E. M. Bounds With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew …

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