Month: June 2016

How to Talk About How Your Church Is Doing…Without Using Numbers

Originally posted on BCNN1 WP:
Tim Mossholder / Unsplash “How’s your church doing?” It’s a question all church leaders are asked sooner or later, and if it catches them off-guard, it can be tempting to fall back on Sunday morning censuses and budgetary breakdowns, even…

Great power in prayer is within our reach


“And there was Anna, a prophetess… which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” (Luke 2:36, 37.)

NO doubt by praying we learn to pray, and the more we pray the oftener we can pray, and the better we can pray. He who prays in fits and starts is never likely to attain to that effectual, fervent
prayer which availeth much.

Great power in prayer is within our reach, but we must go to work to obtain it. Let us never imagine that Abraham could have interceded so successfully for Sodom if he had not been all his lifetime in the practice of communion with God.

Jacob’s all-night at Peniel was not the first occasion upon which he had met his God. We may even look upon our Lord’s most choice and wonderful prayer with his disciples before His Passion as the…

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Prayer must not be our chance work


Prayer must not be our chance work but our daily business, our habit, and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us to pray that we may be more prevalent in supplication.

The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions. Our thoughts go roving hither and thither, and we make little progress towards our desired end. Like quicksilver, our mind will not hold together, but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and, what is worse, it insults our God.

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Born Again

Originally posted on Unashamed of Jesus:
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3 What does it mean to be “Born Again”? This was the conversation Nicodemus had with Jesus, he…

Fruit of The Spirit

Originally posted on Unashamed of Jesus:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 Jesus has taught us that we can determine a false prophet by the fruits that…