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From Cynical to Sincere

It's so easy to get cynical. No matter who we elect into office, things never change. No matter how much research you do to find the most reliable car, it still breaks down. No matter what kind of safeguards you put around your heart, people still break it. And it's...

The Significance of Silence

As Solomon once said, there is a time to speak and a time to be silent. Do you know the difference? When Jesus was on trial before the Sanhedrin, accused of conspiracy and blasphemy, it says: "The high priest stood up before them all and questioned Jesus, 'Don’t you...

What To Do When Life is Tough

Job loss. Family conflict. Ongoing illness. We all deal with tough times in life. And when they come, it's tempting to be frustrated at God for not giving us the things we think we deserve in life (like continual fulfillment, peace, and health). But what did Jesus do...

We Eat With Jesus Every Week

Whenever God wants to describe what life is like in his family, the word-picture he keeps coming back to is the idea of a feast: On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples, a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow,...

Why You Should Think About the End Times

There was a class I took in college called Pre-Modern German History. It was one of those classes where your whole grade rests on the midterm and the final. And here’s the crazy thing: both the midterm and final had only one question on them. The day of the midterm, I...

What If 99.9 Percent Was Good Enough?

I saw a post a while ago asking the question, "What if 99.9 percent was good enough?" It showed how minor lapses (even just .1 percent) could lead to catastrophic consequences. If 99.9 percent was good enough, then: 29,000 credit card transactions would be deducted...

7. Pray Through Scripture (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

So you’ve taken some of the steps we’ve been talking about this week. You’re planning out your prayer. You’re finding specific things to pray about that you’re passionate about. You’re prayer-walking or you’re journaling. You’re praying in community. You’re doing all...

6. Pray In Community (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

We've been looking at Paul's prayer in 1 Thessalonians 3, and what's striking is how much joy Paul has, simply because of his relationship with the Christians in Thessalonica. Look at this: Now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of...

5. Get Your Prayers Outside Your Head (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

We've been learning from Paul's example of prayer in 1 Thessalonians. And the only reason we have that prayer is because Paul took the time to get his prayers outside his head. He didn’t just pray his prayers silently by himself. I don’t know about you, but I can’t...

4. Get Passionate in Prayer (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

As we saw yesterday, if you plan specific things to pray for and you keep track of how God has answered those prayers, you’re just going to pray more. But here’s the thing: you need to make it things you actually care about. If you try to pray for the missionaries in...