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…

The Pursuing Jesus

On the day of the resurrection, two unnamed disciples were on the road to Emmaus, walking away from Jerusalem. Some suggest that this was the brother of Joseph, Clopas, the uncle of Jesus, and his wife. What a poignant idea! They had been in the city during the ghastly hours of the crucifixion. They had…

Fall in Love with God

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Do you have a valentine? How about asking God to be your valentine? Francis of Assisi prayed, “O, God, help me to want to love you.”[1] For one pastor, that desire began to have a profound effect upon him. I began to feel something while praying that I didn’t have language…

Principles of Joy – Part 1

As we approach the Christmas season, over the next several weeks we will walk through several principles to practice joy. Joy – A Fire. “Joy,” Helen Keller would say, “is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” Paul urged, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).…

A Place of Rest

Prayer should be passionate. And prayer should be the essence of peace and rest. God created the earth and all in it in six days – and then He rested. The crowning end of creation was rest. The last creature created on the sixth day was man, so the first full day for Adam and…

Helpful Prayer Tips

Develop a Plan. Don’t be overwhelmed. Start slow. Keep things simple at the beginning. Most people get discouraged in prayer because their prayer time has no or little structure. Without a plan, you drift. Pray without ceasing. Praying in the morning in a less than casual way is a doorway to living in an attitude…

God’s Desire for Us

God wastes nothing. Everything you have gone through will turn to His glory! Everything. With your whole life, you are destined to praise Him. “You have heard of the endurance of Job…and the end intended by the Lord!” This gap between the gospel we preach and the gospel we practice[1]is like a Grand Canyon. We…