2 Things To Remember When It Feels Like God Isn’t Answering Your Prayer

We tend to think God isn’t listening or that His arm is too short to answer our prayers. Actually, the problem is us…kind of.

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If you have ever prayed, asked God for something, an answer, some direction, healing, anything; if you have prayed and God has not answered, raise you hand. Or click the like button. Something to show that you are with me on this.

I have prayed for years now, asking God what He has called me to this particular place for, what role I am supposed to be playing in the church, and I have heard nothing in response. Maybe you have prayed the exact same prayer. Or maybe your pray was more noble and it was a prayer for someone else. Perhaps you have been asking for a loved one to be healed of a long time illness. You could be asking God to send that special someone your way, or make something work out for you to take that next step in your job or school, or in life. Continue reading “2 Things To Remember When It Feels Like God Isn’t Answering Your Prayer”

On June 18th, Be Kind

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If you didn’t flip to your calendar app to check, or glance up at the one hanging on the wall, let me tell you: June 18th is Father’s Day.

While a large part of me is writing this for pastors and teachers, as they prepare sermons and lessons for the upcoming holiday, I can’t help but think that this message needs to be heard by more than just the spiritual leaders. Everyone needs to be kind on Father’s Day. Continue reading “On June 18th, Be Kind”

Why God Uses Those Moments When We Have Hit Rock Bottom

There are times when I feel like I am beating my head against a rock. I keep struggling with the same issue, the same problem over and over again. I ask myself why it is still a regular obstacle, but I can never get an answer. I’ll pray about it, and God seems to be silent on the matter.

It doesn’t matter what the particular issue is, we all have that one thing that we continually come up against and fumble. Time and again, we fall, we succumb to the pressure. And then, time and again, we wonder where we have gone wrong, and how can we possibly fix. Continue reading “Why God Uses Those Moments When We Have Hit Rock Bottom”

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Old Testament

I’ve been reading through the Pentateuch for my personal devotions. It has been a long time coming, and as soon as I’m done with Deuteronomy, I’ll keep going and start reading Joshua. It’s tough. Not only because the names are hard to pronounce. Not because the laws and rituals and rites and commandments get to be overwhelming and jumbled in my mind. And not because of the strange stories that litter the commands of God, like Balaam and the talking donkey. It’s tough reading through the Old Testament because very few people do.

Most people spend their time reading the Gospels or the Epistles that were written by Paul. To be fair, some people will delve into the Psalms or the Prophets, if they are interested in end times theology, but by and large, the New Testament is where people park themselves when it comes to personal Scripture reading (if they do that at all).

Now, I am not saying that they are wrong to do this. The importance of the New Testament, the words of Jesus, the writings of Paul, and the other books that round out the 27 books, cannot be understated. But to overemphasize the New and undermine the Old Testament does a great disservice to a large portion of our Holy Scriptures. There needs to be a balance between the two.

Because¬†most people aren’t reading the Old Testament now, and I am, I’ll give you 3 reasons why you should be considering the first 39 books of the Bible for your personal devotions. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Old Testament”

Stop Making Jesus Angry (And Violent)

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No, that title isn’t misleading. You just aren’t reading it the way I am meaning for it to be read. I’m not talking about making Jesus angry, as if you are doing something that Jesus finds particularly awful (though you shouldn’t be doing things that Jesus said not to).

What I am talking about is the tendency that Christians have to make Jesus like ourselves; angry. And more than just angry, we make Jesus like us. We make Him violent. Continue reading “Stop Making Jesus Angry (And Violent)”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Revelation

(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 5 of the 5 Scriptures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit. And that includes the entire Book of Revelation.

So, let’s talk about it. Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Revelation”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Acts 19:11-12

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(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 4 of the 5 Scritpures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit. And that includes Acts 19:11-12

So, let’s talk about it. Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Acts 19:11-12”