Years ago, friends and I experimented with designing listening groups. These small groups with three or four participants met once a month for seven months. Basically, we listened to one another for two hours. After a time of centering prayer where we became stilled and focused, the first person would begin and share where he or…
One of the most charming love stories in recent history was that of former United States President, Harry Truman, and his wife of 53 years, Bess.
Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luke 24:49
Many Christians believe the myth that ‘Spirit-filled’ or even ‘spiritual’ must indicate something or someone a little strange. Depending on how much exposure people have had to the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement, they might associate the words ‘Spirit-filled’ with people who claim to be inspired by the Spirit to bark like dogs, scream, or roll around on…
The Bible answers the questions: To whom should we pray? When should we pray? How long should our prayers be? Should our prayers be public or private? What or whom should we pray for? Is there a prescribed posture to assume in prayer?
I like to win arguments. I like being right. I like showing people that I’m smart. I like using my knowledge and proving a point. It’s fun. I enjoy the rush it gives. And it may be one of the most destructive things I can do as a Christian.
What if I told you that at the end of 2018, we will know more of God’s splendor?
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
Some people we know always have their cards face up. We know where they stand and we know where we stand with them. There is no sham, pretense, hypocrisy, apple-polishing, show, arrogance or equivocation. They are real all the way through.
If you believe you will meet Jesus one day, you likely also believe that you are ready for that occasion. But on what is that confidence based?
A personality typing system has been quietly infiltrating Christian communities for the last quarter-century. But some believers may be excused for their skepticism. After all, the “Enneagram” is an ancient system of unknown origin with a strange name.
Like it or not, fair or not, we are held to a higher standard. And right now the enemy is having a field day twisting those standards.
If you and I were having coffee together, and I asked you, “Hey, how’s your prayer life?”, how would you respond?
They are a barometer of what is normal, what is possible. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future” – Dan Pena.
Jesus said we are accountable for every “idle word” we speak