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How to Pray Like Jesus, Part 1 from John 17 [Episode 43]

Welcome to the first part in a three part series on “How to Pray Like Jesus” based upon the seventeenth chapter of John. In today’s episode we explore what it means to prayer about our purpose and the daily work of our lives. God created you with particular passions and gifts to serve. Are you taking time to acknowledge God for the gifts and opportunities you have to serve? Are you asking for God’s guidance with your work? And, are you committing what you do to God’s glory even if it seems trivial to you?

If you answered “No to any of these questions, I would encourage you to listen to this episode as we take a

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A Great Morning Prayer to Start Your Day [Episode 42]

“Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of Thee, let my first impulse be to worship Thee, let my first speech be to Thy name, let my first action be to kneel before Thee in prayer.” –John Baillie from A Diary of Private Prayer.

Consider how you start your day…

When your alarm goes off in the morning what is your first thought? Do you rollover and grab your phone and check Facebook or email messages? Do you groan because you didn’t get enough sleep? Or, do you start worrying about what’s coming up in the day?

If any of these are true then this post is perfect for you. This morning I started my day using

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Prayer Tips: What Does “Pray Without Ceasing” Mean and How Can You Do it?


 

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

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Eight Simple Things You Can Do to Get More Out of Every Sermon [Episode 40]

Every sermon is an opportunity to learn and grow. Unfortunately, most people do not avail themselves of this opportunity. You can be the exception by exercising a few simple steps of intentional listening and application.

 

 

While the sermon is delivered…

 

Step 1: Bring a Bible.

When I say bring a Bible, I mean an honest to goodness old fashion paper and print bible. Not a Bible on your phone, iPad, or other electronic device. Why paper? Research has shown that when you study from a printed resource you have great retention. Plus, you’re going to need it for the next step.
 

Step 2: Follow the readings.

As the passage is being read, following along in your Bible. Reading

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The Wrestling Match in My Prayer Closet [Episode 39]


 

 

THE UGLY TRUTH

There is a wrestling match going on in my prayer closet that would rival any bout of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. I really want to be writing a post about how my prayer closet catapulted me into deeper intimacy with God, wonderful epiphanies, and a touch of that peace that surpasses all understanding. No such luck. Unfortunately, my prayer closet has mostly been a gruesome clash of forces.

If you could watch the spiritual reality of what goes on in my prayer closet I think you would find yourself ringside watching me wrestle myself. God

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Three Simple Ways to Live Gratefully [Episode 38]

Saying thanks is easy, but what does it mean to live thankful? How can we show God with our lives that we are truly grateful for His numerous blessings. That’s what this Five Minute Friday episode is all about.

Learn three simple suggestions for how the actions in your life can glorify God and let God know how truly gratefully you are. Incidentally, these three suggestions are a great way to also be a witness.

Listen and learn the value of working heartily as if working for the Lord, sharing blessings, and celebrating God’s goodness.

Today’s post was inspired by the Colossians 3:17,

“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

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