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One thing you must do to move forward when forgiving others


THE PROBLEM
Hurts are hard to leave behind, especially if the other person has no remorse. Yet, God calls us through his Word to forgive as we are forgiven. Unfortunately, as much as I would like the Bible to say, “Only if they are really sorry and know exactly what they did wrong”, it doesn’t.

Several years ago, I struggled immensely with forgiving someone who was constantly working against me behind my back. He could without a hiccup in his conscience pump my hand eagerly after worship and tell me what a great sermon I had and then walk into the Fellowship Hall and tell another member, “I like him, he

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Small Group Prayer: 5 Tips for Praying with Others

For several months now I have been praying with three guys via phone on Wednesday mornings. This is one of the riches spiritual practices for me at the moment. If you’re not in a prayer group, I highly recommend finding or starting one.

THREE REASONS YOU SHOULD PRAYER WITH A SMALL GROUP
Wisdom: When I share personal prayer needs, these guys almost always have good Godly wisdom for me. Or, when they pray about my needs, the Holy Spirit seems to lead them to prayer more clearly than I have been able to.
Support: Perhaps, this is inherent to my statement above; nevertheless, I want to pull this out for attention. Hearing yourself prayed for is a powerful and moving experience. You feel less alone and problems seem so much smaller.

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A behind the scenes look into my daily devotional life


Are you wanting to pray better? A great prayer life and great discipleship begin with having a rock-solid daily prayer time. But, what should you do for yours? In this sneak peak video I give you a “behind the scenes” look into how I start my day with prayer.

I walk you step-by-step through exactly what I do and why. This fairly fast moving video is only about 20 minutes, but loaded with prayer instruction.

Whether you feel prayer clueless or like a prayer veteran, I think you are bound to pick up a few helpful prayer tips. Much of what I share in this I learned the hard way.

After you watch the video, I would love to know what

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How to Easily Squeeze An Extra 973 Hours of Prayer Into Your Life

I Tie My ShoesI know what you are thinking, “How can you possibly “EASILY” squeeze in nearly 1000 hours of prayer/”  The answer…pray every time you tie your shoes.  Believe it or not, I just read in the April issue of Success Magazine that we spend 973 hours tying our shoes in our lifetime.
 
So, if you want to give God almost 1000 extra hours of prayer, just pray every time you shod those beautiful feet of yours.  I have always been a proponent of linking prayer to daily tasks, but never realized the cumulative effect. Imagine the thousands of hours you could give God, if you prayed while doing several common tasks: 

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The Wrestling Match in My Prayer Closet

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 is patiently sitting in the ring repeatedly saying, “When you get tired of doing that

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Powerful Prayer through Visualization


A number of years ago, I listened to a tape series about prayer by Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline. One lesson that stood out to me and made a marked difference in my prayer life was his recommendation to visualize prayer. You will experience at least four beneficial shifts when you incorporate prayer visualization into your prayer life.

First, specificity. When you take time to vividly imagine what your prayer would look like answered and lift that image with all its details upto God you tend to be far more specific in what you pray. For example, I had an extremely unruly Sunday School class of Junior High kids once. (Okay, may

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