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Prayer Tips: What does “pray without ceasing” mean and how can we do it?

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Paul urged the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) But what in the world does that mean? Are we to be constantly walking about with head’s bowed and reverently lifting up praise to God? That would be awesome in some ways but not very practical in other ways. We might have to assume a near monk-like existence to do that and it’s hard for me to believe that God wants us all to withdraw from the world into a ministry of non-stop prayer.   I have two takes on this mysterious snippet, “pray without ceasing.” The first is that in some ways perhaps, yes, Paul is saying we need to stay … Read entire article »

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How to Get “Tips On Prayer” for free without a kindle, ends Wednesday

How to Get “Tips On Prayer” for free without a kindle, ends Wednesday

A lot of people have voiced a desire to get a copy of “Tips On Prayer, A Quickstart Guide to Improving Your Prayer Life, but they think they can’t because they don’t have a kindle. No problem. Amazon makes a free reader app for nearly every device imaginable–smart phones, computers, tablets, iPads, etc. To download your free reader application   CLICK HERE … Read entire article »

40 Days to Better Prayer

40 Days to Better Prayer

[]   -A deeper relationship with God -More Peace -More Joy -Less Stress -Greater Clarity -Seeing God at work -Feeling grounded and centered   These are just a few of the many benefits that you receive from a vibrant life of prayer. If you’re ready to experience these benefits then I want to challenge you to take part in the “Tips On Prayer 40 Day Prayer Challenge.”   What is the 40 … Read entire article »

18 Free Spiritual Discipline Ideas You Can Use for Lent

18 Free Spiritual Discipline Ideas You Can Use for Lent

Lent starts one week from today. Traditionally for churches that observe Lent, it is a time of reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and a time of repentance. Often this season is marked by fasting or giving up something.   Lent has become THE most transformative part of the year for me because starting 7 or 8 years ago, I … Read entire article »

The Power of Inviting Someone

The Power of Inviting Someone

On Valentine’s Day we had 27 children attend a parent’s night out program at our church. That figure is remarkable when you consider a couple of facts. We’re a modest sized church with 4 or 5 children present on Sunday mornings and maybe 80-90 people in attendance on an average Sunday. The vast majority of these children … Read entire article »

Are you crying on the wrong shoulder?

Are you crying on the wrong shoulder?

Ouch! I saw this on Pinterest this morning and it really grabbed me. How often do we commiserate over a situation or talk about a problem we are having with someone rather than pray?   Talking about something or someone (unless you are seeking counsel on how to address a problem) is an emotional snare. As you fixate on … Read entire article »