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Unless You Forgive


09.07.2014

The Lord’s Prayer should be known as the Disciples’ Prayer.  Jesus gave it to us so we’d know how to pray!

Do you know what He emphasized more than anything else?  FORGIVENESS. One line in the prayer itself in Matthew 6, but two entire sentences explaining this one element of that prayer.  There’s a reason Jesus is so adamant about forgiveness.  He is going to go to the cross and GIVE HIS LIFE to make it possible – so there’s no way He’s going to be happy if what we freely get from His death, we withhold from others.

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What the Nation Needs


08.07.2014

What does America need?  The “hopelessness index” is off the charts.  We’re rocked by one government scandal after another. Moral chaos and confusion increase daily.  What happens next will not surprise us because there are few surprises left.

Good is now evil.  And evil is now good. For real. We’re there. Depravity runs wild.

What does America need?  What can we do to change the world? Where do we start in this mess?  There is a one-word answer to each question.  It’s so simple – so real – so powerful.

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This is “Can We Talk?”


02.07.2014

This is “Can We Talk?”  This is what it’s really all about.  “Can We Talk?” is not a program where we enlist more and more people to go out together to share the Gospel one night a week.  “Can We Talk?” is about equipping people to share the Gospel in their everyday lives.

Morgan Wilson is “Can We Talk?”

Morgan told me her amazing story tonight.  This past semester, she was in a philosophy classroom in an area college, enduring a tough semester with a professor who seemed to want to disprove the reality of Christ and Christianity.  It’s never easy for someone to hear another question or ridicule your faith.  For a college student to face an entire semester of that sort of conversation is intimidating and discouraging.  Professors are older, well-read, and they’ve played this game before.  They know they’ll rarely be challenged. …more

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How To Pray for Your Pastor


28.06.2014

It’s been a long-asked question that I haven’t always had a ready answer for.  I’m going to try today.  It’s the question that your people sometimes ask when they say, “How can we pray for you, pastor?”

I love that people believe in prayer, and that they pray for me.  More than love, I’m grateful.  Even eternally grateful!

However, I’m not sure I’ve always been helpful in answering that question.  The Apostle Paul, on the other hand, had a good answer to it.  I first read about this take on praying for your pastor in “Sparkling Gems of the New Testament Greek.”  It’s an excellent article.  Here’s my adaptation:

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Prayer Wages a Supernatural Battle


28.06.2014

The “7″ Series on prayer began with “Seven Truths About Prayer”.
My message (June 22) covered Truths #1-4.

Watch the message at firsteuless.com

Truth #7: Prayer wages a Supernatural Battle.

Jesus said we were to pray this way, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  Doesn’t that sound a bit like a war?

Whole volumes have been written on “supernatural battles,” so this is a brief summary of some principles to remember in war: …more

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Prayer Intitiates Incredible Grace


24.06.2014

The “7″ Series on prayer began with “Seven Truths About Prayer”.
My message (June 22) covered Truths #1-4.

Watch the message at firsteuless.com

Truth #6: Prayer initiates INCREDIBLE GRACE.

When Jesus teaches His disciples to pray, He emphasizes FORGIVENESS more than anything else.  Forgiveness means that we “extend grace” to others the way God extends grace and forgiveness to us.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to truly pray  (and by “pray” I mean that I realize that I don’t deserve prayer or mercy or grace or this access to the Holy Throne Room of God) without realizing I’ve been absolutely and graciously FORGIVEN of my sinfulness and sin and am only able to pray because of that forgiveness.  I know this sentence is long. Read it again. You can’t truly pray without understanding you’re forgiven. …more

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Prayer Creates an Elevated Vision


22.06.2014

The “7” Series on prayer began with “Seven Truths About Prayer”.
My message (June 22) covered Truths #1-4.

Watch the message at firsteuless.com

Truth #5:  Prayer creates an ELEVATED VISION.  “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”   Jesus said, “Pray this way!”

Why is this powerful?  Because your world is small. His world is huge.  Your kingdom (and mine) is limited. His kingdom is unlimited. Every time I deny my own will and my own kingdom to submit to His, I enter an elevated state of living – one initiated by GOD Himself.  When I ask Him to bring His kingdom and His will into my life, I become acquainted with His plans for living.

So, instead of the disciples arguing over who was greatest among them, He wanted them to become servants of the kingdom. They needed to pray that. …more

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Is Prayer Enough?


20.06.2014

Sometimes prayer is ALL you can do. I vividly remember a pastor-mentor, Ron Dunn, preaching a prayer conference centered on the power of prayer. After the conference, someone in attendance asked him if prayer was enough.  “I mean, don’t we actually have to DO something to change things?” the man said.

Ron’s response was classic. “Prayer IS actually doing something.” …more

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Most Churches Don’t


20.06.2014

“Many churches try to be attractional – some do it well, most don’t – but the Gospel is not attractional – it’s conversational. Always has been.”

That’s what I tweeted.  Here’s why:  I’ve noticed that as a church, we could have a huge marketing budget, the pristine location or the “cool” factor going to reach lots of people – but sometimes have very low outreach into neighborhoods and communities to target the people who are actually unsaved.  Lots of transfer growth.  Little sowing in the fields with seeds of the Gospel.  Statistics in American churches will back me up here.  We’re barely baptizing our own children in America. …more

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Get to the 7


16.06.2014

“Get to the 7”  #gettothe7   You’re going to hear a lot about 7 from me in these days ahead.

Why?  Because it’s an incredible prayer principle.  Remember Joshua marching around Jericho?  How many days did he march?  7.    How many times did they march around the city on the seventh day?  7.   (we practice this weekly in our church by urging people to pray 6 days about your “walls” and then joining others on the 7th, on Sunday, and crying out to God)

Remember Elijah sending his servant up to the mountain to see if the prayed-for rain was about to happen?  How many times did he go up?  7.

Naaman was told to dip in the Jordan seven times.  7. …more

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