Lukewarm

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Simple Joys

I know I’m going back a few days on this prompt, but I’ve been pondering on it for a while now. The very first thing that jumped into my head was the film ‘War Room’, in particular the following clip from it:

Although you don’t hear it in this clip, Miss Clara goes on to say about how you can’t expect answer to prayer when your prayer life, or indeed your faith full stop, is only lukewarm. This film really spoke to me because I definitely notice a difference in my life when I’m full steam ahead (as it were) with my prayer life, and when I feel strong in my faith as opposed to those times when I’m do not. I feel different, more confident, more sure of myself and who I am. When I’m only lukewarm forwhatever reason – usually because of feelings of inadequacy or…

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The Lord hears your cries

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The LORD hears the cries
Of the broken and contrite heart
He draws near unto us
And He shields is from sorrow
His eyes are upon the sparrow
Upon those who fear His Name
He saves us our from deep afflictions
For His mercy shall come down like rain
His mercies are new every morning
The compassions of The LORD fail not
So wait upon His tender mercies
Wait upon His word
Wait upon His righteous movement
For He shall reign with fire
Upon the heads of the unrighteous
The LORD of Hosts is with us in battle
He stands before us and beside us
He delivers us from the army of darkness
For The LORD is King of Kings of all the earth
He is good unto all who wait upon Him
He shall never let us go
Though it may seem He is absent
He is closer than…

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The first cordless phone

When I am down, I seek my God in prayer,
My Lord, I petition when my soul is in distress.
When I am blessed, I will give thanks to the Almighty,
I will praise the Divine King, when good things come my way.
I will seek the Lord in all things,
In every situation I will fall on my knees to God.

Archived thoughts

The first ever cordless phone was created by God. He named it Prayer. It never loses its signal and you never have to recharge it. Use it anywhere.

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Quiet Time? What’s that?

Kevin Miller

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If someone ever asks you, “How was your quiet time today?” don’t let it catch you off guard. It’s ok if you don’t know what a “quiet time” is.

Quiet time?”

As in a time where there is no noise?!

When and how and where?

“Quiet time” is one of those Christianese phrases that Christians use often, alongside other classic phrases and words like “fellowship,” “accountability partners,” “hedge of protection,” and “traveling mercies.” To many people outside the church, the meanings of these phrases are mysterious. Let me explain…

Around the beginning of this year I blogged about some good practices when it comes to Bible reading, prayer, and Scripture memory, but I recently had someone ask about “quiet times,” so I thought I’d elaborate on that idea for a minute.

I’m not sure where the phrase got started, but I know Who started the practice.

But Jesus

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Reception

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The truth isn’t always welcome.

For example, in His hometown synagogue, Jesus read a passage from Isaiah regarding the coming Messiah. He said this to the audience:

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4:21 NKJV

Luke tells us they marveled at His gracious words and couldn’t believe this was “Joseph’s son”. But as He continued to speak, the mood in the room changed. He mentioned that prophets aren’t accepted in their own country, and reminded them that Elijah was sent to minister to Gentiles during the severe famine. At those words, the marveling went away and anger replaced it. The feelings were so intense they tried to kill Him, but He slipped through the crowd and left. What started out as an amazed audience, turned into a murderous mob.

Sometimes the truth does that. It starts out confirming and validating what we feel or hope (gracious words…

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Regulation

Lessons in Biblical Leadership

And these are the ordinances which you will place before them.

— Exodus 21.1 (Parashat Mishpatim)

In 1783, the former British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America were enjoying heady times. They had just defeated the mighty British Empire in their War of Independence; while many former colonists lamented the end of British rule, there was celebration in the streets when General Washington accepted General Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown.

But then, I imagine that the new freed colonists awoke the next day and said, “What’s next for us?” They quickly learned that with freedom comes responsibility.

Such is the story of Moses and the newly freed Israelite slaves. When they escaped Egypt, they danced and sang before God; they were exuberant and inspired. But then came the cold (or in their case, rather hot) reality of desert life and the necessity to adopt a code of personal and…

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Your Body, Your Spirit, and a Good Night’s Sleep

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Because our bodies matter to God—and not just in a moral sense—our rest matters to God, too. So much so, He built it into the rhythms of the universe.
Do you proclaim with the psalmist: “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations” (Psalm 57:8)?
Do you climb out of bed each morning and sing with joy about God’s unfailing love (Psalm 59:16)?
If not, (and for the record, I rarely do), maybe it’s because we are among the one in three Americans who don’t get enough sleep. Seriously.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control declared a new public health crisis: sleep deprivation. Millions are failing night after night to get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest, putting them at increased risk for health problems from anxiety and depression to diabetes and heart disease.
By…

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The Lord Is His Name

The Lord is a One full of Power,
Mighty is He who is King of Kings.
All evil lays under His feet,
His heel crushes those who are wicked.
Nothing on this earth can stand up against God,
The Almighty has no equal under the earth.
Forever I stand under His banner,
Under the King’s flag I pledge my faith.
For He is an undefeated Man of War,
Victorious is all battles is the Lord God Almighty.

Becoming the Oil and the Wine

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“When I am weak, then I am Strong”

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2 Corinthians 12:10 

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

When we as believers are in trials that reveal our unbelief, selfishness, pride, bitterness, lust, greed etc.  We then see our weakness to obey and our lack of dependance upon God for help in our time of need.  God is trying to show us our complete inability to do any moral good on our own.  But we want to do the good so we find power and strength to obey in Christ alone.  For we are weak, in the flesh there is no good thing.  So we run to Christ who is our all in all.  He is our strength always not just when we are weak or sense or weaknesses.  He is always tenderly holding up with all powerful hands…

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Giving 100 Percent

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Two quick verses from Genesis.

Genesis 4:6

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry and why has your face fallen?”

Cain and Abel are the first siblings mentioned in the Bible.

Both brothers had just brought their offerings, their sacrifices to the Lord.  Cain’s was some fruit and vegetables from the ground.  Abel’s was the first born of his flock.

I am assuming that the first born of the flock was a greater personal sacrifice than some fruit and vegetables that grew in the field.  So I think what is being said here is that Abel was making a more concerted effort to please the Lord.

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