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Why Pray?

Why Pray?

Do you look at prayer as an obligation or as a necessity? Has it become a routine ritual that you feel obligated to do every day? Or is prayer a vital part of your life? Jesus saw prayer as a necessity. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon

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Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

You’re probably wondering what the connection is between jigsaw puzzles and prayer. A few weeks ago Debbie Hannah Skinner spoke at our Women’s Retreat on Fixing our Eyes on Jesus. She talked about the distractions that hinder us from doing that and then gave us a chance to use our hands and minds to help us focus on a verse or a truth from Scripture. She had us write a verse in the circle in

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Are You Listening?

Recently a friend asked me how she could pray for me. My response was, “Pray that I will stay attentive to the Lord. Pray that I would listen to Him, not the world around me.” The world tells me success is found in making money and achieving status in the eyes of others. God tells me success is obeying Him and living to please an audience of One. The world tells me it’s all about

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Impossible. Difficult. Done.

Hudson Taylor faced many hard situations in his endeavor to win China for Christ. He counted three phases in most great tasks undertaken for God – impossible, difficult, done. Monday night I attended an art class, which is completely out of my comfort zone. I am not artistic or creative and it stretches me to use that part of my brain. But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do something that

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10 Steps to Losing Your Passion for God

What causes us to lose our love and passion for Jesus Christ? David wrote Psalm 145 as a psalm of praise. He passionately pursued God, and this psalm shows us what was important to David and what deepened his love and passion for God. If you want to grow in your love for God, follow David’s example.     Beware of the subtle steps to losing your passion for God. 1. Take days off from

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Prayer: Obligation or Necessity?

Do you look at prayer as an obligation or as a necessity? For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual they go through out of a sense of obligation. Jesus saw prayer as a necessity, not an obligation. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on

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Spiritual Disciplines: What are they?

What exactly are spiritual disciplines? Many people hear that phrase and think of them as drudgery, not delight. Just the word discipline alone sounds difficult and uncomfortable. But they can and should be a delight for us. Let’s look closer at these disciplines by addressing three questions often asked. What is the meaning of spiritual disciplines? Simply said, they are the habits of devotion that promote spiritual growth. They call us to move beyond surface

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How Do You Measure Spiritual Growth?

How do you measure spiritual growth? What characteristics do you look for? What activities would you be participating in? You may list some of the characteristics that signify spiritual growth as fruit of the Spirit, a repentant heart, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, consistency in your walk with God, the practice of spiritual disciplines, love for God and for His Word, obedience, fear of God, a changed life, and dependence on God. But to what degree do those

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Spiritual Disciplines: Delight or Drudgery?

I hope I’m as happy as my mom when I’m 97 years old and someone makes me exercise six days a week! Mom loves physical therapy and even though it’s hard at times, she keeps going. She actually enjoys it and knows the end result is for her good. She is such a great example to me. But as much as physical exercise is good for us, even at the age of 97, how much

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