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Plugging in and watching everything come to life…

Are You Plugged In?

Over the past year or so, God seems to be pushing Sabbath in my face over and over again. My wife and I got invited in the Fall to lead a retreat about Sabbath. That was the first round of God saying, “Hey John, this Sabbath thing I mentioned in the ten commandments, I’m pretty serious about it. That would be why I put it in the top ten. You’re not so bad about the other nine, but you basically stink at that one.”

Books, references, and passages just keep coming at

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[AUDIO] But this is Easter…

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I seldom post one of my sermons on The Practical Disciple, but many people really appreciated my sermon from this last Sunday. I think you’ll find it particularly comforting if you have ever felt like someone died too soon and you just wished you had more time with them.

Jesus death was so abrupt. With the Sabbath rapidly approaching, the disciples had to hastily place his body in a borrowed tomb. There was no time or opportunity to properly mourn.

Sometimes loved ones seem prematurely taken from us. The promise and the joy of Easter though is that all of our desires to have more time are transformed to eternity.

If you miss and long for a loved one. Please listen to

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[VIDEO] Remember the cross today

On this Good Friday, I encourage you to take a few moments and ponder the cross. I offer you two opportunties.

THE VIDEO ABOVE
It;s only a couple of minutes long, but it slows me down and helps me realize how costly grace is each time I watch.

A WRITTEN REFLECTION
I wrote the following piece a couple of years ago. It’s by design grammatically sloppy and will drive stRick grammarians nuts, but the cross wasn’t neat and orderly. These are words and images that tumbled out of my heart after spending time daily for six weeks pondering the cross in art from over the centuries. I hope it speaks to your heart about Jesus incredible

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Are you abusing Phil. 4:6? “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer…”

8a1cce78429df942e8ad31256b3266ffPhillippians 4:6 is what I call a coffee cup verse.  It gets splashed around on mugs, tee-shirts, hats, and regalia.  It also gets tossed at people going through stress-laden experiences as the be all, end-all, prescription for facing hardship.  Frankly, doing so abuses the text and often times sets up the one on the receiving it to feel like a guilty failure.

I’ve been in hard times and read this verse prescriptively.  I told myself, “Okay, just stop worrying and start praying.”  I tried.  I tried REALLY  hard.  Usually, I failed.  I couldn’t just turn off my anxiety because someone said, “It’s now time for you to choose to no longer be anxious.”

So, what’s the problem?  This verse is constantly torn out of  context.  Do you

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Everything you need to know about the 5 Pillars Prayer Program before the early bird registration close tonight

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I wanted to save you the time of having to watch the registration video because you’re running out of time to register at the early bird price. So in this email I am going to share everything you need to know about the 5 Pillars of Life-Changing prayer program.

I want you to be fully aware of how it can help you create a prayer life that is transforming you and your connection with God, so that you can experience greater peace and meaning every day.

But first it’s honesty time.

  • Are you 100% happy with your relationship with God?
  • Are you satisfied with your current level of discipleship?
  • Is prayer a vibrant connection for you that helps you confidently face life’s challenges?

 

Here’s one way I know

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Eighteen Lenten ideas that can reshape your life

Lent begins 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 times this season is marked by fasting or giving up something.
 
Lent has become THE most transformative forty days of the year for me because starting eight or nine years ago, I began adopting a transformative discipline for 40 days. I have done everything from praying for an hour a day to giving up use of my car. Even if you’re not from a tradition that observe Lent, forty days of a spiritual discipline can be life changing.
 
Last year, I released a packet of eighteen reproducible handouts of various disciplines. The disciplines are a mix of study,

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