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.
What Does “Christian” Mean?
Christianity has a branding problem. Some Christians are known for being generous, kind and caring people, but some complain that Christians are hypocrites, judgmental and preachy. Part of the problem is terminology - what does “Christian” mean? Read this post for insight into this label and what it meant for the Early Church and for believers around the world today.
What’s Your Response When Gossip is Served?
How will you respond next time gossip is served? We’re all guilty of it eating and serving gossip. We dress it up sometimes, making it look presentable. Sometimes we even say it’s a prayer request. After all, everyone needs prayer, don’t they? There are reasons why we take part in these tasty morsels, but maybe being aware of them can help us to push away from the table.
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.