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Why I have a little orange army man in my prayer closet

When the whole nation had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men, one from each tribe, and command them to take twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests were standing. Tell them to carry these stones with them and to put them down where you camp tonight.”

Then Joshua called the twelve men he had chosen, and he told them, “Go into the Jordan ahead of the Covenant Box of the Lord your God. Each one of you take a stone on your shoulder, one for each of the tribes of Israel. These stones will remind the people of what the

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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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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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Benefits of Using a Prayer Model

Each Sunday for the past month I have been sharing a different prayer model with a group in our church that meets prior to Sunday School. We have been learning by doing. There is no better way to learn prayer than praying. Adopting a prayer model can be a quick and easy way to enhance your prayer life. Here are some models we have been learning and the benefits we have experienced.
 

GROUP ACTS

A month ago we had open prayer together in a circle. I prompted the flow of the prayer time verbally using the ACTS prayer model as a guiding structure. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
 

THE EXAMEN

The next week we learned an old prayer model called The Examen. It

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