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Have you ever been asked to pray for somebody out loud, in front of people? Kinda puts a little pressure on, doesn't it? It's easy to want to sound spiritual, reverent, and articulate. Not just for God, but for the people that are listening.
I'll admit that there have been times when I'm in a group, and we're all taking turns praying out loud. When my turn is next, I'm not sure that I'm even really listening to what the person next to me is saying. I'm thinking about what I'm going to say. Don't want to do it wrong, you know. I have some friends that outright refuse to pray out loud. They are embarrased.
There’s a story in the Bible about a father who is worried about his son. (Mark 9:14-29) His son had been sick since he was a young boy. Turns out that the son had an evil spirit possessing him. The father knows that his boy needs help but he hasn’t found anyone who can do anything to cure him. That is, until Jesus. The father said to Jesus, “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Joey Perez from Berean Baptist Church called me out in the #BibleChallenge. So here's my response.
This might be my favorite conversation we've ever had on SOS Radio. Chuck Norris talks about his faith, he talks about overcoming pride, Washington DC and his favorite Chuck Norris facts. [email protected]
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Believe it or not, out of the first 18 years of our child’s life, almost 6 and a half years of that time will be spend in school! That’s over 1/3 of their journey will be outside of our personal care! That challenges me as a parent to brainstorm new ways to supplement my child’s education and do a better job living out my values. It challenges me to make time each day to read with my kids and carve out time for their homework this year.
Jim Daly from Focus on the Family shared a list of ten books every Christian should read in addition to
*Basic Christianity, by John Stott
*The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
*Desiring God, by John Piper
*How Now Shall We Live?, by Chuck Colson
*Knowing God, by J.I. Packer
*Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
*The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
*The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence
*The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer
*The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
Maybe you're like me and you've been wanting to be a part of this Do Something Summer of Purpose, but the ideas have been tough to come up with. Well, I've found a really cool resource online that allows you to input your city, and then it shows you a list of opportunities you can get involved in! Pretty cool right? It's called VolunteerMatch.org - Just click on the logo below to get started!
P.S. Let me know if you discover something you liked!
"Peace isn't the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ." - Sheila Walsh
I’m [email protected] and I've been wondering… "How do you experience peace without it becoming an emotion?" Email me if you have some thoughts!
In Paul’s’ Letter to the Philippian church, he described a "peace that passes all human understanding."
He wrote: “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”