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New Podcast Episode – #59 How I am Putting God First in 2021

Long time no see (or hear) as the case may be with a podcast. After a long soul searching process a little over a year ago, I decided to take a sabbath from producing most content during 2020. Instead, I spent the past year focused on cleansing. Here’s the quick backstory before getting into today’s podcast.

The Backstory

Specifically, this past year I focused on cleaning up:

  1. Health by cleaning up my diet and exercise norms. This has been awesome. I’ve lost over 20 pounds and 7 inches off of my waist. I have brought my health back to a level it was prior to developing A-fib about three years ago. And…I’m not actually done yet. While I’m only a

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A Protestant Novena, A Dose of the Ghost – Spirit of Truth, part 1 of 9.



 

What is a Novena?

A novena is a nine-day prayer commitment focused upon a specific intention. The most common novena is a novena to the Holy Spirit between Ascension of the Lord Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. A novena though may be said at any time of year and there is no limit to the focus of a novena. Click the button below to get your free copy of my novena to the Holy Spirit, A Dose of the Ghost.

Typically, a novena is a catholic tradion. “Protestant novena” may be an oxymoron, because as far as I know a novena is a totally

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The Wrestling Match in My Prayer Closet [Episode 39]


 

 

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

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Small Group Prayer: 5 Tips for a Powerful Prayer Group Experience


 

 
Praying with a small group can be intimidating. However, if you can overcome those fears, praying with a small group can be a powerful prayer experience.

I have a group of three guys I used to pray with via phone every Wednesday. This has been one of the riches spiritual practices for I’ve ever had. If you’re not in a prayer group, I highly recommend finding or starting one. Following are just three of many reasons you should regularly pray with a small group. Plus, I have five tips that will help insure you have a fantastic prayer group.
 
THREE REASONS YOU

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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 tiny note

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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 just can’t

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