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9 Benefits of Knowing Your Purpose

“Why did God make you?” I recall hearing a retreat director in college ask a fellow retreatant that question. All I could think was, “I’m glad he’s not asking me. I don’t have a clue.” Little did I know I would be asking “What will I do when I grow up?” for about thirty more years. I am not alone. Seems numerous people are dissatisfied with their lives and yearning for a greater understanding to spend their time. That yearning isn’t bad, provided people come up with answers.  A couple of years ago I discovered a sweet spot of purpose where life is a whole lot more meaningful, fruitful, and enjoyable. That

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Staying Focused in Prayer, Lessons from My Lenten Discipline

 

Do you struggle with staying focused while you pray? You aren’t alone. In fact, this is the number one prayer problem people share with me. This shouldn’t surprise us in a culture that constantly interrupts us by texts, notifications, commercials every seven minutes on television and a host of other distractions. It’s a wonder anyone can focus.
 
Good news -You don’t have to be a victim to your wandering thoughts. With a few simple strategies even the most ADD person can reign their thoughts in and spend quality time with God in prayer. I was reminded of this simple fact recently when focus became a HUGE problem for me over the past four weeks. Here’s what happened and how I fixed

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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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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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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,

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