Praying With Jesus: Waiting…

Yesterday was one of the most important days of the church year when we remember Jesus' death on the cross. Tomorrow is another important day, Easter, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection. But today... We wait. "But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah...

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Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so...

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Praying with Jesus: Not My Will, But Thine

We want what we want, but that's not necessarily what is best either for us or for others. Are you willing to submit to the will of God when you pray? "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." -Luke 22:42 I've got a long list of things I pray...

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Praying With Jesus: God's Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying in Secret

Sometimes we pray for others while we are with them.  Sometimes we pray together in a worship service.  Sometimes we pray together before a meal or in family devotions.  Sometimes, though, we pray by ourselves, alone...in secret. "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who...

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Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone...

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Praying with Jesus: Strong Enough Faith?

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" - Mark 9:24 Yesterday, we looked at how we can ask God to help us when we struggle to believe. This verse speaks to another reality as well...whether God responds to weak faith. Some people have made the claim that if we have super strong faith, God will do super amazing miracles,...

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Praying with Jesus: I Believe. Help My Unbelief

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” - Mark 9:24 These are the words of a father desperate for his demon-possessed son to be made well. He had just watched the disciples fail time after time for hours trying to drive out the demon and now Jesus was there. His belief was waning, but now Jesus, Himself, was there...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying On Holy Ground

What is holy ground? I have heard of several Christian coffee shops using the name Holy Grounds. Holy ground is when we come into the presence of God. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to...

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Praying With Jesus: Jesus Is Always Beside Us

Monday I talked about praying in an unusual place. Today I want to talk about regular planned prayer and what Daniel did when he prayed toward Jerusalem. So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times...

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Women's Ministry Bingo Fundraiser

Who loves BINGO?  We Do!!  Bingo Fundraiser for a good cause!!! The Women’s Ministry invite you to join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we work to purchase an AED Defibrillator for our Church, School (K-8), and Community.  We are 62% towards our goal! When: Saturday, May 20th Time: 3:00-5:00 pm  First ball drops at 3:15 so get there early!...

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Praying with Jesus: Then You Will Call On Me

"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you." - Jeremiah 29:12 Suffering isn't fun.  No one really wants to go through a tough time.  But sometimes we need to. When this passage from Jeremiah was written (it was in a letter from Jeremiah), the Israelites had lost the promised land and...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying for the Lost

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people" - Ephesians 1:18 Today was my son, Eli's, baptism. I've always loved baptisms because of the promise God gives us that through baptism He will...

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Praying With Jesus: Change My Heart

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2 Why do we pray? Are we asking God to help us? Are we trying to manipulate God into doing what...

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Praying With Jesus: Where We Are

Sometimes prayer is made with great sorrow and a heavy heart. There is a great example of this in the prayer of Hannah for a child. In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and...

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Praying With Jesus: Eternity In Our Hearts

I read this passage this morning in the devotion with the teachers. It involves one of the greatest difficulties we have in understanding God, time. I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has...

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Praying With Jesus: Help! I'm Tempted

"Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation." - Matthew 26-41a We pray to God when we need things, when we are scared, even when we are happy, but what about when we are tempted? Sometimes that can be a difficult time to pray. First, though, we should identify what temptation is. Temptation isn't a sin, itself, it...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying Without Distraction

While you can pray at any time and in any place sometimes it is best to get away from everything to pray. Here is an example from the life and practice of Jesus. Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had...

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Praying with Jesus: Short and Sweet

"And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words." - Matthew 6-7 One thing I've learned writing blogs is that you have to be short and sweet. If the blog post is too long, people don't make it all the way through...or they don't read it...

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Praying with Jesus: Pray for Your Enemies

"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - Matthew 5:44 It's easy to pray for my wife and kids. It's easy to pray for my friends. Even those people I don't know aren't too hard to pray for, but what about those who actively seek to hurt me? That's not so easy. Yet,...

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Praying with Jesus: Be Alert!

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." "I'll be praying for you." I've heard that phrase a lot and say it myself. You hear about something difficult someone is going through and you promise to pray for them....

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

For the last three days, we have done the prayer acrostic A.C.T.S. A is for adoration, C is for confession, T is for thanksgiving, and finally today S which stands for supplication. This may be the one where you do not know supplication means, but we can easily do this in prayer. Supplication is asking God for help. It may...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

The third part of A.C.T.S. is T for thanksgiving. Is giving thanks a natural part of your prayer life? Sometimes kids need to be reminded to say thank you. This acrostic also reminds us to say thank you in our prayers. Some days it is easy. Right now I am in Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys with the...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

Yesterday we discussed the first word of the prayer acrostic, A.C.T.S. with “Adoration.” The second word that is a great part of prayer is “Confession.” Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to bring someone to confession like the younger son here in the parable of the prodigal son. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

One way of having balance and focus in prayer is using this acrostic for prayer. A.C.T.S.  The idea here is to use these 4 differing aspects of prayer. The first of these is A for adoration. The Psalms are full of verses of adoration. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise...

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Praying With Jesus: Prayer is Worship

"Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." This is something Jesus said to the woman at the well. She had asked where she should worship and Jesus' response is that it's not about the place you worship, but worshiping in spirit and in truth. Prayer...

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Praying With Jesus: Spirit and Truth

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." Do you ever struggle to know what to say when you pray or...

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Praying with Jesus: St. Patrick

Happy St. Patrick's Day! "Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of...

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