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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

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


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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My pledge to you as a prayer mentor…

If you aren’t on my email list or a friend on Facebook, you wouldn’t know that I have been posting a FREE series of prayer training videos online. In response to a comment last night, I posted the following manifesto on Facebook…


For the life of me I can’t find it, but on one of my video prayer posts someone commented, “Prayer is just talking to God. Don’t over complicate it.”
I absolutely agree that pray can be just talking to God. So, why am I doing these videos? I have met many people (and I was definitely one of these people) who feel totally lost in just talking to God. Some don’t know where to begin. Some don’t know how to hear the other side

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Six Bible Reading Mistakes That Will Stunt Your Growth

Knowing the Bible and having God transform your life through what you read are two entirely different things. It’s easy to think, “Well, if I just read the Bible, then I will be a better believer.” That may or may not happen. How you grow depends a lot upon how you read and whay you do with your reading. If you are reading and not growing, perhaps you are committing some of the following mistakes:
1) Not praying when you read. Always pray before you read.

The Psalmist cried out to God,

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.[f]
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe

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How To Never Miss Your Prayer or Bible Time


You’ve got to love the tenacity of the little mouse with a helmet in the picture above that I found as a poster on But all of the tenacity in the world isn’t going to help you without a successful strategy. Succeeding at keeping any spiritual discipline can be hard. We all fall into slumps. Even the most committed people do. When your prayer time tumbles down your priority list or you get behind in a bible reading plan, giving up can feel like your only option. Don’t. Try the five proven motivational triggers in this article first. These proven strategies boost your mental energy to help you push through the messy middle of any commitment. Here are

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