Monthly Archives: August 2014

Avoiding Canned Christianity

No one wants to practice canned Christianity, but sometimes that’s what familiarity with Jesus breeds. Take Philip, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. He witnessed Jesus’ miracles and heard His sermons. Jesus personally discipled him. You could say Jesus was familiar to him. Even so: Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. … Continue reading

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God’s Love Language

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Prayer: What You May Be Missing

Does this describe your prayer life? Buzzing through prayer because the rest of your day is more exciting to consider. Making mental to-do lists while mouthing rote prayers to God. Slipping the bulk of it in around errands–if you remember to pray at all. For many of us, our prayer life lacks depth and life. It can even become boring. So what are we missing? Time? Discipline? Perhaps. But maybe our hum-drum prayer problems stem from a basic misunderstanding of the purpose of prayer. What is prayer? Simply put, it is “talking with God.” I was recently surprised to discover that throughout Scripture the major underlying theme of prayer is supplication.¹ Not worship or praise or thanks. Supplication in this context means “earnestly seeking something from God.” Most of us are pros at that, so the answer to what we are … Continue reading

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