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Make Time for Quiet Time with God

Make Time for Quiet Time with God

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:13 How have you prepared yourself for the challenges of this day? What have you done to prepare for the unexpected obstacles that you will encounter this year? What are you doing right now to prepare for the future? In today’s selected scripture the Apostle Peter instructs, “prepare your minds for action.” The context of the passage reveals that Peter is talking about our need to live holy lives. When our minds are sufficiently prepared we […]

How to Expand Your Circle of Prayer

How to Expand Your Circle of Prayer

“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Matthew 8:6 All of us have an inner circle of prayer. That’s the people we consistently pray for. And if we’re not careful, we offer the same prayers for the same people every day. Today, let’s look at ways of expanding that circle, to include more people and more concerns. We’ll begin with something quick and easy. I call them drive-by prayer requests. After Sunday morning services, I stood at the church door to shake hands and share pleasantries with the congregation. Frequently, those who passed by requested prayer. Those […]

Hindrances to Answered Prayer

Hindrances to Answered Prayer

He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. Proverbs 3:34 Have you ever been laughed at because of your faith? If so, the offender wasn’t just mocking you, he was ridiculing God. That’s because, the faith that is in you is from the Lord. Now, let’s turn that question around. Have you ever looked down on someone because he or she is not in the faith? Or, have you ever viewed yourself as spiritually superior to another Christian? Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with […]

A Roadblock Called Unforgiveness

A Roadblock Called Unforgiveness

24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:24-25 In 2016, there was a devastating forest fire in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Reporters dubbed the inferno, a Hellscape. More than one hundred homes and thousands of acres of woodlands were destroyed. Ultimately, mountain roads were closed and there was no way for folks to get home. How helpless and frightened […]

Your Thorn of Trouble that Won’t Go Away

Your Thorn of Trouble that Won’t Go Away

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 This passage has been something of a mystery. The application is relatively easy to understand, but the affliction that Paul called “a thorn in my flesh” has caused considerable disagreement among Bible scholars. If we allow ourselves to focus on the thorn and […]

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