Suddenlies

One may go for seasons when from a human perspective, nothing seems to happen. Then, suddenly things begin to unfold rapidly. In dizzying, head-spinning time, things change. In the 1964 Anchorage earthquake, in seconds, one section of 4th Avenue split open. Suddenly, the north side of the street dropped 11 feet. In another part of…

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Infused with Holiness

Blessing and behavior are tied together, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD” (Psa. 119:1). No one could be or would be truly blessed, if they abandoned the boundaries of the law! “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart” (119:2). Notice,…

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A War on Prayer

The death of God is everywhere. He is consistently squeezed from the public forum. Chesterton noted, such a social stage, empty of God, becomes far too small rather quickly, and so other gods are loaded onto the stage – Allah, Buddha, Krishna, yes a hundred other deities, pagan and demonic icons are included. Witchcraft is…

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Is God Dead?

On Good Friday, April 8, 1966, an issue of Time magazine shook the nation. The cover was black with bold red letters as if written in blood, asking “Is God Dead?” In the next six months, almost thirty additional periodicals weighed in on the issue – the nation was abuzz in a discussion about the…

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Communion of the Saints

Worship cannot be reduced to the pragmatic – nor can prayer. Leander Keck reminds us that, “making worship useful destroys it.” Why? Keck explains, it “introduces an ulterior motive for praise. And ulterior motives mean manipulation, taking charge of the relationship, thereby turning the relation between the Creator and the creature upside down.”[1] To be…

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Four Prayer Streams

We have been discussing the importance of a disciplined personal prayer life. Yet, there are four prayer streams in the life of the people of God that are critical. The congregation gathered in and for prayer. Not preaching. Not teaching or training, but in prayer. Smaller prayer groups. Not the entire congregation gathered, but slices…

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