"Men invent means and methods of coming at God's love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God's presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do … Continue reading QUOTABLES: Brother Lawrence on Prayer
by Skye Jethani The use of pre-written prayers carries many benefits, as we’ve been exploring over the last few days. They guide our often wandering minds to focus on God. They instruct us to think rightly about our Lord with a depth we often lack. They can also remind us that communion with God is … Continue reading Consumer Faith & Magic Spells (Skye Jethani)
"It may be that God has the eternal appetite of infancy." -G.K. Chesterton I had a great conversation this week about the role of imagination in spiritual growth. We spoke a bit about how children tend to be more open to new things than adults. (I recently wrote about Abby's 4-year old "StarryEyed" infatuation with unicorns.) … Continue reading The Role of Imagination in Faith
Are original, spontaneous prayers the only prayers that come "from the heart"? Why do many Christians look down upon recited or written prayers as inferior? In a recent sermon I mentioned this aversion to "recited prayers" and preference for so-called prayers that come "from the heart." I think this phenomenon is very new and modern, … Continue reading Spontaneous vs. Recited Prayers
Repost from 2018. -JB "Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, TEACHING in the synagogues...and he HEALED every kind of disease and illness" (Matt 9:35). My sermon text for this Sunday is Mark 1:29-39 which displays Jesus' powerful healing ministry, first with Simon's mother-in-law, and then "the whole city was gathered … Continue reading Q&A: Why do prayers go unanswered?
Do you ever worry about things? Do you ever get frustrated? Do you have to interact with difficult people some days? Do you have to make decisions each day? If so, then you are only one small adjustment away from a rich prayer life! Despite the fact that I'm a "professional Christian," i.e., a pastor, … Continue reading Prayer: Attentiveness to God in the Mundane