Prayer

30 DAYS OF PRAYER | DAY 19 – Praying for Repentance and Rejoicing

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”    So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine…

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A Prayer for Authenticity, Grace and Confession

Many books have been written of the topic of biblical community, but I find that one element is often overlooked: confession. The reason is that confession is hard to do. It feels risky. In a grace-less world that rewards only strength and success, confession of weakness or failure seems foolish. We become quite adept at…

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER | DAY 16 – Remember

As we enter into this coming New Year we often pause to reflect on what has taken place over the past year. Taking time to reflect is a good practice. Some people have a memory like a steel trap. They never forget a thing. This can be a blessing or a curse depending on the…

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER | DAY 13 – Praying for Laughter

I pray that we will be a church that laughs. I hope we laugh deeply the big belly laughs of people who know they are free. Martin Luther said, “You have as much laughter as you have faith,” and from the stories that are told about the way Luther lived, he was a man of…

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER | DAY 9 – A Culture of Forgiveness

Culture is the sum product of the behaviors that a given people value. If a group of people value hospitality, then their behavior will be marked by the many ways they express their hospitality towards others. If a people value generosity, then it will be obvious to all by the way they give of their…

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