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Pray Without Filler

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“And Father, we, um, just want to thank You for Your blessings. And, uh, we just, Lord, want to, uh, just thank You, Lord, for just, really just being so good to us, Father. And Father, we just ask that You just forgive us of our sins, Father. And, um, just bless us now, Father,

Go to the Scriptures for Endurance, Encouragement, & Hope

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On most mornings I turn to the Scriptures as much out of a good, lifelong habit as anything else. On some mornings I approach God’s Word with a more keen sense of purpose. And sometimes I come with a real desire to meet God. But on many occasions—often outside my daily routine of Bible intake—I

Embrace a Trinitarian Spirituality

Embrace a Trinitarian Spirituality

I once read an article that quoted a TV star as saying, “I consider myself a spiritual person.” Almost everyone nowadays is “into spirituality.” Try to find someone who says, “I’m just not very spiritual.” I saw a survey where even a majority of atheists consider themselves “spiritual” people. By this I assume they mean

Not I, But Christ

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“Not I, but Christ” is the name of an old tract that I first read in the 1970s. I’ve no idea who wrote it, nor when it was written, though I suspect it was penned many decades before it first fell into my hands. It is a heart-searching piece that the Lord has often brought

What Do YOU Pray For?

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Have you ever prayed for bad things to happen to someone? No? Well, about one in ten Americans who pray ask that very thing. That’s according to a recent survey reported by Baptist Press.  On August 7, 2014, Lifeway Research conducted an online survey sponsored by popular author and Texas pastor Max Lucado, asking 1,137 Americans

“Dad, you always have lots to do, but you’ve always got time for us.”

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“Dad, you always have lots to do, but you’ve always got time for us.” That’s what Tim Challies’ young son recently said to him. When a boy will say that to his dad, then I’m interested when the dad starts a new series on his blog called “How to Get Things Done.” I know I’m

Is Worship Boring? (part 2)

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I was interviewed about how to respond when someone claims that attending worship at church is boring. This is the second of two posts based on that interview. The first is available here. If people are bored in church, is that a problem with the church or with the individuals? As I’ve already mentioned, if people

Is Worship Boring?

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Some time ago I was interviewed about how to respond when someone claims that attending worship at church is boring. This is the first of two posts based on that interview. What is your response when you hear someone say, “Church is boring?” My first response is to ask, “Why do you say that?” For

Ask, and You Will Receive Something Good

Ask, Seek, Knock

One way to simplify your prayer life is simply to ask. Perhaps more often than we realize, we want God to do something for us or to give something to us, and yet we haven’t actually asked Him for it. “You do not have,” says James 4:3 “because you do not ask.” The failure to

From Apple Watch to iMplant?

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I am always on the lookout for ways to use technology to serve and cultivate biblical spirituality. For instance, I use my phone to listen to Max McLean read Scripture via The Listener’s Bible, pray through a passage of Scripture using the Olive Tree Bible Study App, work on Scripture memory with the Fighter Verses