joy full

A lot about life in North Africa, if you’re not careful, can rob your joy.  The heat.  Heat rash.  Tiredness.  Travels.  Knocks at the gate at 5:00am.  Feeling used for services (ice, car rides, cell phone charging).  Reverse proselytizing.  Language barrier.  Bluntness.  Daily chores.  Sickness.  Lack of communication from the outside world.  Feeling fellowship starved. …

a reluctant prayer

Have there been prayers you’ve been reluctant to pray because you don’t know exactly how God will answer? I know I have.  Today, I share a prayer from a ol’ prof of mine from college.  In the past year he has lost his best friend and soul mate.  In many ways he’s living out the…

How should I pray?

“Jesus was praying.” That’s how Luke 11:1 begins. Honestly I’ve read that many times, but this time it floored me, “The Creator and Rescuer of the world is on His knees praying to God, His Father.” Isn’t that amazing? Notice, Luke doesn’t say how Jesus prayed, how long, where, or what He was praying, it…

Why does God delay an answer to prayer?

Thomas Watson, a Puritan pastor from over 350 years ago, asked in his book, Body of Divinity (pp. 399–400), “Why does God delay an answer to prayer?” In other words, why would God ever keep us asking and seeking and knocking when he could respond sooner? (cf. Luke 11:9-10) He gives four answers : Because…

the God who hears

Does God hear when I call on Him in prayer? If I don’t get an answer is God just hard of hearing? Somewhere we’ve acquired an illusion that God as a toothy grinned grandfatherly figure straining to hear through his old-fashion ear horn. This leaves us with an idol-god who is finite and rather creepy…

thumb licks [4.9.11]

Parenting: how eternity shapes the mundane. Not so fast. The sometimes slow and steady process of sanctification. The importance of writing letters. Praying past our preferred outcomes. Forget Kevlar, use liquid armor. This stuff is sweet! 15 grammar goofs that make you look silly. Love is… (for you married folk) Lottery is a suicidal craze….

thumb licks [1.27.11]

5 Ways Wives Can Encourage Their Husbands. An Open Letter to Christian Wives with Unbelieving Husbands. 20 Things a Husband Could Say to Defuse an Argument with His Wife. Don’t Know How To Act When Someone Corrects You? Your Worries Are Over! How to Honor your wife. Treating your woman like a queen. Parenting Wisdom…

a prayer for missions

God of truth and love; Father Son and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. We ask that they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire and enlighten Your servants who bring them…

thumb licks [harvest edition]

Hacked! And you thought your email was secure!? Sent into the Harvest: Halloween on Mission. Be on mission this Halloween. 7 Reasons Why Halloween Judgment Houses Miss the Mark. I always thought they were corny. Strangest Ways to Travel. I totally want one. Give us the Peculiar Grace of a Peculiar People. A prayer from…

thumb licks [10.13.11]

A sample prayer plan. For those of you who like to have it really spelled out. Forgiveness is a ridiculous thing. A smart lessons from The Tale of Despereaux. Sin is cosmic Treason. Startling truth from R.C. Sproul. Managing social media before it manages you. Addicted to facebook, twitter, or google+? Honor your missionaries. I…

Adoniram Judson’s prayer for you

O God, have mercy on the churches in the United States…continue and perpetuate the heavenly revivals of religion which they have begun to enjoy; and may the time soon come when no church shall dare to sit under the Sabbath and sanctuary privileges without having one of their number to represent them on heathen ground….

thumb licks [9.6.11]

5 Early Warning Signs Your Shields Should Be Up From a Beggar to the Nations: The Name of Jesus Spoken With Boldness Grow Up. Settle Down. Keep Reforming. Advice for the Young, Restless, Reformed from John MacArthur.. How to Talk to God When You are Suffering The Danger of Defining Yourself by What You Are…

Jacob’s Journey—from recluse to reconciliation [part 2]

Jacob’s journey is a lot like watching WWE [Royal Rumble]. Jacob’s life is a total man soap opera. We have already learned that Jacob—the trickster—gets tricked into working 20 years for his uncle [Laban] and tricked into marrying his two daughters. The elder sister [Lazy-eye Leah] is named cow and looks the part, while the…

a bride for Isaac

Genesis 24:67 “Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” Genesis now begins to focus not just on the God of Abraham, but also the God of Isaac and Jacob as Jesus…

How should I pray during the church’s search for a new pastor?

1. Pray for your search committee. Pray for patience. Pray that the committee would wait upon God’s timing. Pray that your search committee will have the mind of Christ and agree. Much of the process is subjective. Personal opinions and preferences are involved. Differences can divide. Ask that the search committee would heed Paul’s advice…