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Archives for November 2014

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A Gratitude List

God is always extending his loving hand in our direction, no matter what our circumstances look like. ...

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Giving Thanks

Even folks who struggle to pray throughout the rest of the day can pause to give thanks before eating....

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Thanksgiving and Adoration

Thanksgiving grounds our praise of God in the real world where he’s really working for us and for our salvation....

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Painful Thanksgiving

Our hope for thanksgiving this season is not for a perfect Norman Rockwell scene where everything is pain-free. Our hope - now as always - is grounded in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ....

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Confession and Thanksgiving

Among the myriad of things we have to be thankful for, God's steadfast love tops my list...

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A sample prayer of confession

Throughout the history of the Christian movement, people have leaned on others to help them pray prayers of confession....

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What happens if we don't confess our sins?

What happens if we don't confess our sins?...

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New every morning

His mercies are new whenever we confess and we awaken to the darkness-displacing, new-beginning, fresh-starting morning....

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Relief and Reconciliation

Confession is good for the soul AND good for relationships … with God and with our fellow humans....

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What is a prayer of confession?

Praying prayers of confession helps us communicate authentically with God....

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A prayer of adoration for today

Try praying this psalm as a prayer of praise today. The verses in bold are full of truth about God that fuels the praise in the rest of the psalm....

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Joyful, joyful we adore thee

Throughout the history of the Christian movement, men and women have written songs of praise to God. And these songs have been passed down from generation to generation - a tidal wave of praise to God....

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A Sacrifice of Praise

I can sincerely whisper "I trust You, Father. I know You are faithful" even when I am struggling. ...

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Duty and Delight in the arena of Adoration

Is God some insecure middle-schooler who needs us to prop him up?...

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I Love You, Jesus

Throughout the gospels, Jesus portrays Himself as the Bridegroom and we are His Bride … what a romantic picture. But what is romance without love? And love is a two-way street. Jesus tells us He loves us with every bird that sings, every rainbow that glistens, and every drop of glorious sunray....

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Praise as a response to objective reality

Praying "hallowed be your name" is the only sane response to this reality. And when we praise him, something special happens in us and in our community....

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God is with you

When we think about what we want you to experience in prayer over the course of the next several weeks, we want prayer to connect with both your heart and your hands, to be experienced individually and in community, to be a space where you can creatively engage with our creative God....

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A Hard Master

God is the Ultimate Good Daddy and all He requires of me is to show up as His little child....

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Righteous, Powerful and Effective

We do not have to wait for our prayers to be powerful and effective. Because of Jesus, we ARE righteous, and so our prayers ARE powerful and effective … NOW!...

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Planted near water

A vision for a prayer-filled life roots us. Every day we have an opportunity to walk in ways that harm us and stand in places that hurt us and sit in company that corrupts us. But every day we also have an opportunity ... dozens and dozens of opportunities, actually ... to anchor ourselves more tightly to the Lord....

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Not in Philippians anymore, Toto

We think continual prayer looks like this: a constant awareness of God's presence, a continuing back and forth ... often interrupted but never ended ... between us and God....

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