Praying for Your Church: A Flourishing Community of Grace

Click here: A Prayer Guide through Colossians 3:12-17   It is very sad and unfortunate that many view Christianity primarily as a moral code instead of the grace-filled relationship that it is. I, for one, grew up thinking that becoming a Christ-follower involved keeping rules with clenched fists. However, I have come to learn that … Continue reading Praying for Your Church: A Flourishing Community of Grace

A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

This coming Sunday we celebrate an important event in redemptive history: The time when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His followers who would live within them and empower them for service. We call it Pentecost. Here is a prayer to prepare your heart for worship: Almighty Father, we praise You for sending Your Holy … Continue reading A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

A Simple Guide for Bible Study | Matthew 21:1–17

Here is what I call a "Simple Guide for Bible Study." It contains seven straightforward questions to get to the heart of a given passage of Scripture. The one below focuses on our sermon text for tomorrow (Matthew 21:1-17) which is the gospel narrative for Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem to be presented as the … Continue reading A Simple Guide for Bible Study | Matthew 21:1–17

Intercessory Prayers for Palm Sunday

Here are a few Scripture prayers based upon the Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I would encourage you to reflect upon them, internalize them, and pray them for yourself, the people that you love, and especially your own church family. Holy Father, As we ride with our humble Lord into the fickle and rebellious city, … Continue reading Intercessory Prayers for Palm Sunday

A Prayer for Ordination & Installation of Pastors

Lord God, You have made me a pastor and teacher in Your Church. You see how unfit I am to administer rightly this great and responsible office; and had I been without Your aid and counsel, I would surely have ruined it all long ago. Therefore, I invoke Your Spirit to empower me. How gladly … Continue reading A Prayer for Ordination & Installation of Pastors

What is the fundamental purpose of prayer?

Many are asking in these days: What is the purpose of prayer? It doesn't appear that prayer really works because I ask God to stop this senseless war in Ukraine and save the lives of those who are most vulnerable, and it doesn't seem to affect the situation at all. Others of you are praying … Continue reading What is the fundamental purpose of prayer?

A Simple Prayer for Smiling at the Future

Here is a simple prayer to reflect upon and pray through as look upon 2022 and what the Lord might have for you in this new year: Lord God, King of the Universe and Ruler over the turning centuries, we lift up grateful hearts to You in this new year. We launch our boats on … Continue reading A Simple Prayer for Smiling at the Future