Gospel-Oriented Prayer

I hear the words echoing in my mind: Prayer is asking and receiving. Though that statement contains truth, I can’t help asking if it paints a very full picture. Both Tim Keller & Jack Miller talk about the difference between "maintenance prayer" and "frontline" prayer meetings. If I understand them correctly, maintenance prayer meetings are characteristically mechanical, primarily focused on physical needs, and relatively short. But frontline prayer meetings have three basic traits...

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rebel

It’s crazy, but in order to be true to myself, I find a little rebellion necessary. It’s more than a phase, it’s an essential stage for my growth. Rebellion, for me, is nothing more than a means to an end: finding myself. I admit that I’m a little scared, but I cannot continue to accept all the assumptions and presumptions handed down to me. Up to this point, my identity has been defined by peer pressure and fear, so I must rebel for the sake of my own integrity or I must deny God’s design in me. My calling is unique to me; this is not my grandfather’s world, so I rebel for the sake of impacting my generation with the Gospel.

Why I Took a Sabbatical…

The problem of sin has brought the consequences of the curse – one of which is that the ‘new’ never lasts (or costs too much to keep new). New houses lose their magic after a mortgage payment or two. The new car smell generally wears off after about two weeks. Honeymoons don’t last forever. Even in the spiritual realm, the newness of conversion and church wears off all-too-soon! The only exception is what God does in the lives of His children. 2 Corinthians 5 speaks about how God seeks to renew us, if we will allow Him. During my sabbatical, I made this a serious matter of prayer…

rebel

rebel: noun or verb? rebel (n): a person who resists authority, control, or tradition; an agent of change rebel (v): to dissent from an accepted moral code or conventional behavior rebellion (n): revolt, revolution, uprising, insurgence  // antonyms: complacency, compliance To the question: Am I really a rebel?  I answer a condescending: No.  But in … Continue reading rebel

The Need for Renewal

The problem of sin has brought the consequences of the curse - one of which is that the 'new' never lasts (or costs too much to keep new). New houses lose their magic after a mortgage payment or two. The new car smell generally wears off after about two weeks. Honeymoons don't last forever. Even in the spiritual realm, the newness of conversion and church wears off all-too-soon! The only exception is what God does in the lives of His children. 2 Corinthians 5 speaks about how God seeks to renew us, if we will allow Him. I am make this a serious matter of prayer...