Preparing for Sunday – Matthew 6:9-10
Dec01

Preparing for Sunday – Matthew 6:9-10

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:9-15. Recall last week’s message; what are we praying for when we ask for God’s name to be hallowed? What does it mean to “hallow” God’s name? Who is being asked to “hallow” God’s name? What is God’s kingdom and when is it “coming?” How is God’s will done in heaven? What are we praying when we ask for it to be done on earth?...

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Praying for Sunday’s Sermon Preparation
Sep25

Praying for Sunday’s Sermon Preparation

Praying for the pastor who will preach each Sunday is something many Christians eagerly do each week. We realize that the task of teaching Scripture is a difficult one. Ensuring Scriptural accuracy, adequately serving a wide variety of people ethnically, in gender, generationally, socially, etc., all in one gathering is a daunting task. Doing it every week of the year, sometimes multiple times a week, makes the task even more...

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Mid-Week Minutes 3.7.12
Mar07

Mid-Week Minutes 3.7.12

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Mid-Week Minutes 11.23.11
Nov23

Mid-Week Minutes 11.23.11

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Mid-Week Minutes 11.9.11
Nov09

Mid-Week Minutes 11.9.11

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Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 4
Sep13

Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 4

Intercession I normally need something to keep me focused and directed when it comes to interceding for people and issues. Here’s how I break it down: Daily Intercessions. I tend to pray through a concentric circle of relationships when interceding for others and issues. This would begin with my own heart and the schedule I have for the day. My Wife. I have a list of passages that speak directly to her roles as a Christian, wife...

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Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 3
Sep12

Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 3

Using the Word Where does the Bible fit into your concentrated time of prayer? For me it must be integral if my prayer life is to remain fresh. Connect the word to your prayer time. While my “quiet time” might appear to be segmented (if I listed what I do) into sections of Bible reading and then intercession, it really isn’t the case. My time in the Word (I currently use the Discipleship Journal plan, reading through...

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Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 2
Sep10

Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 2

So, what do you do when you actually get to the point when it’s time to pray? What do you say? How do you stay focused without being so rigid that your prayer life feels little more than sitting on Santa’s knee telling him what you want for Christmas? Worship. By worship I don’t necessarily mean singing or listening to “worship music” (however that gets defined). I do mean spending a healthy amount of...

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Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 1
Sep08

Revitalizing Personal Prayer – Part 1

I want my prayer life to grow and be more and more significant. Here are a few steps and thoughts I’m pursuing to deepen my pursuit of the Lord in prayer. Commitment. I’m assuming a time set aside for significant prayer. Some don’t go along with this. However, I think there is enough example from the life of Jesus (who withdrew often for concentrated times of prayer), or Paul who called us to devote ourselves to...

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Matthew Henry Teaching Us to Pray

Check out this new site that uses content from the devotional commentator, Matthew Henry, to help enhance your prayer life. Matthew...

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