How I wonder, where I wonder Is a place so far away A place I wish to stay And sin never causes sway. Help me show and don’t say No To life ever happy Living without tragedy And alone designed for me. Does it exist beyond our bliss Of reality this afternoon? My nativity’s evil […]Read More kneel to appeal
The last part of Philippians 4:5 says, “The Lord is at hand.” Some take this to mean, Jesus is coming back soon. While that is true, it also means God is present. He is near. It’s when our life is chaotic, when we don’t feel so happy about our circumstances, or when we are tempted […]Read More how the nearness of God matters
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. […]Read More joy full
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 […]Read More a reluctant prayer
“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 […]Read More How should I pray?
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 […]Read More Why does God delay an answer to prayer?
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 […]Read More the God who hears