The Foundation of Prayer

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Jan 20, 2021

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. (Luke 11:2) The disciples knew Jesus went away alone to pray, sometimes for entire nights, and they witnessed His supernatural miracles and healings daily. It must have had a tremendous impact on them! Luke 11:1–4 tells us that right after the disciples watched Jesus finish another one of His prayer times, they …

Prayer and the Trinity

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Jun 3, 2020

As conventionally understood, prayer has become a one-way attempt to influence this Other whom we call God. If we do it right, the folklore goes, this will compel God to listen to us. I always feel sorry for poor God, who is getting all these contrary messages from contrary people, all of whom are groveling and faith-ing! Whom does God …

When Life Overwhelms

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Sep 27, 2019

Does your heart ever feel overwhelmed? Perhaps you are disheartened by your inability to meet everyone’s expectations and demands. Honestly, there are days in my life when my heart vacillates between being raw with paralyzing frustration and being stimulated by a thousand agitations. Continuously, the floods of demands, disciplines, people, chores, habits, vices, and commitments create a massive quagmire in …

Calling Forth God’s Glory

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May 16, 2019

I awoke suddenly out of a vibrant dream that was filled with lightning. (Although this happened years ago, I remember it as if it were yesterday.) One lightning bolt after another exploded before my eyes—continual, splintering, powerful lightning bolts from heaven to earth. No people. No words. Just incessant light, action, sound. When I woke up from this intense, Holy-Spirit-saturated …

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A Threefold Cord

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Jan 9, 2019

Three Vital Precepts In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus revealed three vital precepts—three responsibilities—that apply to every believer: giving, praying, and fasting. He began by talking about giving offerings: Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you …