Exercise for the New Year

We grow strong in the areas in which we exercise! If we exercise thanksgiving, we grow in gratitude. When we embrace the discipline of prayer, we grow in prayer, and intensify our sensitivity to God’s presence. When we give, a heart of generosity grows within us. When we love, we become more loving. When we…

Out of Gas

A PERSONAL STORY A number of years ago, while serving on the State Council for the Church of God in California, I drove to Sacramento for a board meeting. I was near empty when I pulled into the office parking lot. The meeting was scheduled to last until supper, but instead, it ran past ten…

Are You Thankful for Prayer?

The majority of the world lives without the hope offered by Christ. The open door to God’s throne is a unique post-resurrection-ascension-enthronement Christian notion and unique privilege. That we can pray, pour out our souls to a God who cares, is an incredible privilege. That we get answers from God is beyond incredible. Sadly, prayer…

Our Blessing God

The Scripture speaks of our blessing God, “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons” (Psa. 16:7). When we say that we ‘bless the Lord,’ what is meant by that? In truth, we can add nothing to God. Only God can bestow a blessing.…

Kneeling in Prayer

The etymological root of the word bless in the Old Testament is, to kneel! The implications of the idea are explosive. In northern Europe, inside one of the great cathedrals, there is a triptych of paintings depicting prayer. The first portrays a marketplace scene full of hurried activity, merchants selling and shoppers bartering. The second…