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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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Kingdom Value, The Key to making life count

Do you ever stop and wonder about the value of what you are doing?  If not, then you might ought to.  This weekend I visited with my brother and he was talking about his pastor labeling things in his home with the words “kingdom value” and whatever didn’t have it, he needed get rid of.  The idea of sorting my life by what has “kingdom value” has really grabbed my attention.  I can’t seem to let go of the thought or perhaps it won’t let go of me.

The pastor was talking about physical things in his life, but my mind instantly gravitates more toward the activities of my life.  What will I do today that has kingdom value?  What will I do today that adds to the over all value

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Finding Blessing in Adversity

“In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider–God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclessiates 7:14)

Does adversity stress you out?   Anger, disappointment, fear and stress are common responses to adversity.  I wonder if my own feelings would change if I truly took to heart the words of the Psalmist.

I know from scripture that God blesses people through some of the most horrible events.  My mind goes to Joseph whose brothers hated him and sold him into slavery. Eventually prison would lead him to the palace where he would later be a blessing to many people including his family.  I think of Paul whose imprisonment brought him into a position to share the Gospel with higher and higher levels of political

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Prayer Journaling Difficulties and Solutions

Our youth have been prayer journaling for a week now using a method that I outlined in the Prayer Journaling Orientation video posted a week ago.  Last Sunday we discussed their experiences.  In today’s brief video I share 5 common difficulties they encountered and 3 “triggers” for being consistent.  They have had some really awesome God-incidence stories happen because of their prayer journaling.  I can’t wait to see what a couple more weeks of journaling is going to yield.  You can expect more video posts on the lessons they learn.

On another note…Today’s video has a cleaner , crisper audio signal with more volume range over prior videos.  Unfortunately, in my efforts

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Prayer Journal Passages

In my last post, I gave you a video tutorial on one method of prayer journaling. It struck me afterwards that some of you might be curious about the scripture passages that our youth are using. I gave each youth an envelope with fourteen verses and told them to just randomly pick one each day. All of the verses are associated with prayer in some way. If you want to join us, here are the verses we are drawing from to get you started.  They are in no particular order.

  • Matthew 6:5-8
  • Psalm 100
  • Philippians 4:8-9
  • Matthew 6:25-26
  • Luke 17:12-19
  • Luke 1:46-55
  • Philippians 4:4-7
  • Mark 14:32-42
  • Psalm 46:1-5,10-11
  • Luke 11:9-13
  • Psalm 34:1-8
  • Luke 18:10-14
  • Jonah 2:1-10
  • Genesis 28:11-19

Also, I mentioned in the video noting the subject of the passage you are journaling on, but I really didn’t say much

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Prayer Journaling Orientation

Our youth group this past week began a three week journey into prayer journaling.  We are starting with a method that I have used intermittently for over 20 years.  This five minute video outlines the process.  This discipline really enhances my relationship with God.  Specifically, I see God more clearly and I apply scripture more frequently when I journal daily using this method.  My journaling frequently takes as little as five or ten minutes.  I hope you will try it.  May it be a blessing to you from The Practical Disciple.

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