Prayer is an extremely important component of our Christian life but many of us struggle with prayer. Even Jesus disciples weren’t sure how to pray, asking him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus replied by teaching the disciples what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” Let's look at the components of this powerful prayer.
Christians and Art (Take Five)
This week, as we came off of the cultural wave of the Super Bowl, we started thinking about what it means to be a Christ-follower and an artistic shaper of culture. How can we make an impact through creative expression? We came across a few great resources to pass on to you - so enjoy, and may the idea of impacting our world for Christ bring you hope and inspiration.
God’s Word Prunes Our Lives (John 15:1-8)
I chose the word “fruitful” inspired by John 15:1-8 as my one word for the next twelve months. When we strengthen our connection with Jesus by regularly spending time reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word and in prayer, he is faithful to prune what does not belong in our lives and increase our fruitfulness.
Of Mice and Sin
Like the little mice running at night in the grass outside our house, my sin is also not very noticeable until I look with the help of the Holy Spirit. He, like our faithful cat, pulls my sin out from the darkness, convicting me and bringing painful awareness of my own brokenness to mind.
Three Biblical Tips for Peace-Loving Christians
If you are a peace-loving Christian, you may find truth-tellers hard to live with, because they are often so zealous for truth that they trample over others in their fervor. However, the peace-loving Christian needs to figure out how to stand for Biblical truth in the middle ground. Jesus is a good example of that.
How to Let Go of Offense and Anger
I be deeply concerned and proactive about what is wrong in our society, government or the behavior of others but I don't have to become offended or angry over it. God will make all things right, with perfect justice, grace and mercy that I am not capable of.