Prayer II: Believing is Seeing

Believing is Seeing Counter-intuitive to Seeing is Believing? Believing is seeing seems counter-intuitive. Prayer requires belief at least a little at first to get started. In Food in God’s Place, Anna learns that belief requires an act of the will, a choice, a choice that she can reinforce with power from the Holy Spirit. Further, she learns that to see …

The Try-Hard Life vs. ‘My Yoke is Easy’

I drove down Providence Road this morning after taking my daughter to school while listening to New Life 91.9. Emily Freeman spoke about her new book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life. I thought, ‘what an awesome title.’ The term try-hard life seems destined to become a sermon and group discussion topic. As the Naaman …

Prayer: What is Your Concept of God?

What is my concept of God? What is my concept of God, a foundational question in a series of postings on prayer.To develop an effective prayer life, I must develop the most spiritually healthy concept of God possible. My concept of God defines how I think of him, how I think he works, how I think he views the world, …

Americans are Dying Younger. Is it…Monsatan?

The French coined a new name for an American company, Monsatan, they call Monsanto. This coincides with CNN recently reporting that more Americans die younger than their peers in other developed nations. We should certainly look at all potential causes including genetically modified organisms (GMO)s, but let’s first examine ourselves. Monsanto, Monsatan by the French, behaves like most companies, they …

Am I Earnest?

Am I Earnest? ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.’ Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) He rewards those who earnestly seek him? Earnest means with serious intent and its root origin implies a pledge. It is the opposite of casual …

Fasting, Calling, and Managing the Naaman Complex

A fasting day dedicated to seeking a closer connection with God and a greater understanding of my need for Him provides a perfect time to reflect upon my calling. What is my calling? An impossible question when I am immersed in a noisy, competitive, materialistic, performance oriented culture; a question which requires dedicated prayer and assistance from the Holy Spirit to …

Worship or Sunday Sacrifice: Is Your Religion Classic Greek?

Worship or the Sunday Sacrifice In early Western history, morality and religion lacked the link many people accept and expect today. In contrast, a classic Greek separated ethics from religion. Usually Greeks and Romans participated in worship so that the gods would leave them alone and stay out of their lives. On occasion, a Greek or Roman worshiped by sacrifice to …