A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

Gracious Father, may all who come within the walls of your house of worship today experience a fresh encounter with You, the living God, so that deep gladness and profound joy overtake them and sorrow and sighing flee away. May all who come dwell in your presence beholding your beauty. For Your presence ultimately transforms … Continue reading A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

The Fundamental Reason of a Ruinous Revolution & the Need for Prayer

When he received the Templeton Prize in Religion in 1981, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn explained concisely the demise of Russia and the extermination of 60 million of her citizens: “Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that … Continue reading The Fundamental Reason of a Ruinous Revolution & the Need for Prayer

Family Discipleship – Passing the Baton of Faith

The most perilous moment in a relay race centers on the exchange of the baton from one runner to the next. This fitting metaphor perfectly describes parenting our children. For a Christian parent, there is nothing more important than passing the baton of faith and teaching our children the praiseworthy works and powerful word of … Continue reading Family Discipleship – Passing the Baton of Faith

A Simple Prayer Learned from Grandmother Rose

I had the privilege of growing up in a town in eastern North Carolina sort of like Mayberry of Andy Griffith renown. My family lived in a big house on Main Street owned by my maternal grandmother. In fact, we not only lived in that house, we lived with her. Obviously, she had a huge … Continue reading A Simple Prayer Learned from Grandmother Rose

Give to the Winds Your Fears

In the seventeenth century Paul Gerhardt and his family had to flee Berlin because of his  convictions. As they fled, they stopped at an inn and tried to understand why God was allowing this to happen to them. Gerhardt's wife was especially concerned about what might lie ahead for their young children. Gerhardt read Psalm … Continue reading Give to the Winds Your Fears

Submitting to the God Who Turns Calamity into Blessing

It is easy to submit to God's will when everything is going well... when you are walking on sunshine and feeling good. But when you find yourself walking in the shadows, it is then that submission to God's will finds its severest test. The Psalmist states, "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart … Continue reading Submitting to the God Who Turns Calamity into Blessing