Month: November 2017

A Roadmap for Prayer

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When I pray, I’m less distracted if I have a course to follow.

There are several prayer plans out there. Such an aid is easy to remember and follow under various circumstances and pressures. Having a roadmap for your prayer time can help redirect misguided prayers and focus meandering prayers.

I most often use a well-known prayer guide that goes by the acronym ACTS.

This prayer aid helps remind me of my priorities in prayer. Even if I have only a moment to pray, and even if I’m pursuing a specific request or concern, praying through the ACTS roadmap helps me focus on God’s will and not my own desires.

ACTS stands for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Let’s go over each one.

Adoration

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Psalm 29:2)

When Jesus taught his disciples how to…

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John MacArthur on Giving Thanks 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Later this week, most of us here in the U.S. will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. While the world’s view of the holiday is bound up in food, football, and Black Friday savings, believers ought to know better. Certainly we can enjoy those aspects of the day as well, but not at the cost of cultivating a heart of true gratitude for the Lord’s abundant blessings in our lives.

On this day in particular, we must not ignore the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As we have previously written in this space, the holiday is essentially an extended gospel opportunity.

Frankly, nothing pleases Satan more than the way the world celebrates Thanksgiving: a perfunctory word of thanks to a mysterious, unknown god, followed by a festival of gluttony…

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William  Barclay was  born (5 December 1907 in Wick, Scotland; died 24 January 1978 in Glasgow, Scotland) was a Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of…

Praying For Children

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Each month our church has a prayer service. There is a particular emphasis with each prayer service. Last month our emphasis was on praying for the kids of the church. In each prayer service I typically give out a Bible based prayer list. This service was no exception. I thought I’d share the list and my thoughts about the verses today.

Pray They Will Know And Follow Jesus– “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NKJV)

This is one of my favorite passages right now. When I pray for kids using this passage I want them to:

Receive Christ

Follow Christ (walk in Him)

Be rooted in Christ (no fall away once they move on)

Be built up…

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Praying For Your Pastor

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Scripture tells us that in one battle that the Israelites fought and won Moses stood on a cliff overlooking the battlefield and held his hands up. When Moses held his hands up, the Israelites gained advantage. When Moses hands grew tired and he lowered them, the Amalekites started winning. In order to help Moses hold his hands up two men, Aaron and Hur, came alongside Moses and held his arms up so that Israel could win the day (See Exodus 17:8-16).

Friday is the day when many pastors I know do their final preparation for their Sunday message. In my experience, Friday-Sunday morning is a time of intense spiritual battle. For me, this is a time I am most distracted. It is a time when more interruptions come into my life. It is a time when my sin nature feels the most like making trouble.

My conviction is that a…

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