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The SOAP Bible Journaling Method

SOAP Bible Journaling Method
I am a big fan of using a structure for your devotional time. Following a structure inherently helps you overcome common problems people have keeping a consistent devotional time. I recently encountered a bible journaling model known as the SOAP method. This easy approach is very similar to the daily practice I followed in college. I just lacked the acronym. Before I break down the SOAP method, I want to interject a word about the benefits of adopting a structure for your bible reading time.


First, a method helps you focus. A method offers you a pattern to come back to when your

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The Prayer Work We Must Do To End Violence

The prayer work we must do to end violence

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” —I Timothy 2:1-2

As Paul wrote to the young man Timothy a letter of encouragement, he knew the fears of being on a mission in a hostile culture. The prospect of persecution loomed large. The spiritual solution to this threat was first and foremost prayer. Specifically, Paul called upon Timothy to pray for “kings and all those in authority”. He emphasized the importance of this by

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How To Move Out Of Anxiety And Into God’s Peace

How to Move Out of Anxiety and Into God's Peace
Anxiety can paralyze you. How many nights have you spent lying awake stewing anxiously over a conflict? Have you ever had a sudden change of circumstance leave you bewildered and unable to move?
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians offers a simple three-fold pattern for how we can faithfully move out of our anxiety and into action. Doing so brings you to a place where you can experience both the peace of God and the God of peace.

1. Release anxiety by turning to God in prayer

Paul wrote,

‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with

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How To Pray The Five Finger Prayer Method

Five Finger Prayer Method

Recently, God has been confronting me from multiple fronts with a disturbing fact: I stink at praying for others with any discipline. Yes, you heard me correctly. I am woefully anemic in my intercessory life and have been for a while. I – the guy who literally wrote a book on prayer – am blowing it when it comes to intercession.
I don’t want you to make my mistake, so I have a simple fix that came to mind for me in my devotional time. Before I dive into the solution, let me take a moment to illuminate the problem. You might be right there with

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Your Privileges And Responsibilities As A Child of God

Your privileges and responsibilities as a child of god

jfk jr. under deskJohn F. Kennedy’s children used to play under his desk while he worked in the oval office as President of the United States. Here was a man who was one of the most powerful men in the world and perhaps one of the most highly protected. He was surrounded by secret service and dealing with some of the most demanding problems in the world. And yet, his children could walk right past the layers of security into their Father’s reassuring presence. They could

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What’s Your Intercessory Prayer Personality?

What's your intercessory prayer type?
Did you know that people tend toward certain types of intercessory prayer? I didn’t either when I was beginning in prayer. I was raised in a Christian home where we were taught to pray, read our Bible and go to church. I appreciate this solid foundation in my life, however, it was pretty legalistic. God was “in a box”. I just needed to do certain things to please Him and go to heaven. It wasn’t until into my young adult years when I discovered God was much bigger than the “box” of my childhood.

God began to expand my prayer life during this time. Before it had

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