Beating the Prayer Bluff

“I’ll be praying for you” has become nothing more than a religious platitude.

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Putting God to the Test in Prayer

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. - 2 Timothy 2:13 What does your prayer life look like when trouble comes? When hard circumstances come galloping over our horizon, everyone wants to have the prayer life of David: Dust off the harps. Go to our prayer closet. Recite the Valley... Continue Reading →

Suffering and the Wisdom of God

Life presents us circumstances that force us to ask, "Why?" We feel like Job. Devoted followers of Christ who just had the rug pulled out from under us. We shake our fist at God. "What have you done?" "None of this makes sense." "I deserve better." Remember what God said to Job out of the... Continue Reading →

Prayer Necessities

I have been thinking a lot about prayer lately. Last week I wrote about the difficulty of unanswered prayers, and how they become for our good in many ways. Today I turn to the simple concept of prayer itself, and making adequate time for it in our lives. “I have so much to do that... Continue Reading →

Learning In Unanswered Prayers

I begin with a recent story. This past Saturday Hannah and I made our trek back home from a week of wonderful vacation in the Northeast. We had a wonderful time exploring New York City, Boston, and Maine. But all good things must come to an end, and this good thing, well, let’s just say... Continue Reading →

5 Highlights From #SBC16

I had the privilege on attending live-streaming the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention during the week, and was encouraged by much of what I saw. The gathering brought together over 11,500 people who come together for the annual meeting to discuss Baptist polity, cultural issues, worship together, become inspired for the year ahead of ministry, and... Continue Reading →

What Submission is Not

A common, but often quiet difficulty in the Christian life is discerning how to have an appropriate response when faced with difficult circumstances or afflictions. When we read Scripture, we may sometimes get the sense that submitting to God's will in light of persecution came easy to apostles like Paul. But is this true?  We need... Continue Reading →

Meeting God

Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home, may my life be steeped in prayer, filled with the spirit of grace and supplication, each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood. Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to the realm of unceasing praise. Urged by my need, invited... Continue Reading →

His Help

The longer you live the life of faith, the more aware you have become of your need for grace. More grace. Grace to believe, fight, resist, act, and love. Jesus promises to be your help, but his help comes to those who come to him. It is tempting to look at what lies ahead of... Continue Reading →

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