What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?—Wrong Question

  What Would Jesus Do? Concept vs. Relationship What would Jesus do, WWJD? It is a phrase that many use to remind themselves of a better path. The problem with the question is that we can use it to create a theoretical concept that we worship rather than maintaining a relationship with the living Christ. In Food in God’s Place, …

What Do I Pray For? Part 2 of Prayer III

What Do I Pray For? What do I pray for? I know from Matthew 7:7, that if I ask, I will receive. From Hebrews 11:6,I know that God rewards those who earnestly seek him. I also know from James 4:3, God considers motives and substantive prayer provides more than ‘just getting what I want.’ Hebrews 11 provides the key: relationship …

What Do I Pray For? Part 1 of Prayer III

What do I pray for?  I’ve looked at my concept of God, and I accept that God loves me, wants me to love him, and rewards those who seek him. I’ve discussed belief. Now what do I, or should I pray for? Everything. Yes, pray for everything on my heart, everything that troubles me, everything that causes me anxiety, everything that …

Not The Daniel Fast, but The Daniel Diet

The Daniel Fast or the Daniel Diet? As with the Daniel Fast, there is some confusion about what fasting means. In Food in God’s Place, Robbie makes fun of Anna’s fasting when he says that he fasted from candy bars. Like with Robbie, there seems to be some confusion over fasting. In chapter one of the Book of Daniel, we learn …

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 …