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Repentance Prayers–How to Stop Recurring Sin, Part 1 [Episode 11]


 

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Sin Cycle

If you have a recurring sin that you can’t seem to escape, expanding repentance prayers by doing more than just asking for forgiveness can often break the cycle. When you understand that something is wrong (sinful), you pray that you will stop, and yet you don’t, then you have gotten trapped in what I call a sin cycle.
 
The danger of a sin cycle is that it can trap you spiritually from moving forward. You are like a man trying to walk down a path with one foot

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How to Care Daily for Your Spirit [Episode 10]


I am so excited to have interviewed pastor, consultant, and speaker, Rev. Michael Vinson on a presentation he had originally present as a keynote speaker at Montreat Camp and Conference Center.The topic, maintaining your spiritual health, is something we can all benefit from.

Just as you need to maintain physical fitness, you need to nourish and exercise your spirit. The Apostle Paul spoke about the need for and the value of training in godliness. My guest, Rev. Michael Vinson, in today’s podcast breaks down the nourishment of your spirit into three easy-to-apply inputs you need every day.  If you are

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ACTS Prayer Method, A Simple Key to Greater Breadth and Depth in Prayer [Episode 9]

Do you ever get in a dry spell with God?

You know…those times when you’re praying the same things over and over again? Or you’ve stopped praying altogether.

Or, do you find yourself at a loss for words only minutes into praying? Does your mind wander away?

All too often it takes a crisis to pull someone out the pit of these problem to they can come back to God with undivided attention. That’s a shame because waiting for a crisis is so unnecessary.

You have a better choice. Adopt a prayer model as a tried and true ladder to get you out of the pit. The ACTS prayer model is one of my

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My Top Ten Prayer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them [Podcast Episode 6]


The following ten pitfalls of prayer are not in any particular order despite the fact they are written in a count down fashion. Written below is just brief synopsis of each. I go into more details about each and how to avoid them in the podcast.


10.  Promise to pray about things and then forget.  Few things make me feel so guilty as running into someone who really needs prayer and I even promised to pray for them, but then failed to.  I am learning to write some of these down on my to do list for the day.  It probably would behoove me to carry a

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The SOAP Bible Journaling Method [Podcast Episode 5]

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.

BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING A METHOD

First, a method helps you focus. A method offers you a pattern

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Four Reasons You Can’t Focus in Prayer and How to Overcome Them [podcast episode 3]


Do you struggle to stay focused when you prayer? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, this is perhaps the number one prayer struggle people report to me.

The great news is that conquering your wandering mind is actually one of the easier prayer problems to fix. Staying focused all boils down to consciously and strategically engaging your mind and or your body while you are praying. For example, something as simple as writing out your prayers or praying out loud can immediately and dramatically increase your focus.

Highlights

  • Understanding distractions both internal and external.[4:50]
  • Understanding boredom. Yes, you can be bored during prayer and your mind will wander if you are.  [8:41]
  • Understanding how incessant interruptions have conditioned your mind to hop about so much so

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