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Navigating Life

Our kids emotions were on a rolling boil. We were headed to an amusement park! They were excited for the obvious reasons; I was stressed because I didn’t know where I was going. My wife was stressed because if we got lost, it might be several meals off the tailgate before I would be ready…

‘Abba’ has you covered

I don’t know what kind of relationship you had with your dad. It may have been a good one, it may not. In varying degrees, all earthly dads come up short, but God our Father does not. He is always with us and forever for us. On the night that Jesus was anticipating becoming sin…

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Who shrunk my calendar?

A recent Canadian poll reported that 90% of the respondents felt overwhelmed by the demands of their roll. Expectations, obligations and responsibilities created a bulging list of to-do’s that overran their calendars and stressed the fabric of their wellbeing. In his analysis of the hurried and harried, author Greg McKeown argues that their lives are…

What is a breath prayer?

Overwhelmed with life right now? Feeling out of breath? Then breath prayers are definitely something you should practice. A breath prayer is a short request of God that you can express in one exhale. A traditional example would be the Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. Many…

If God has a plan, why should I pray?

We believe God is full of plans, cosmic ones and particular ones. Whichever it is, God’s will comes to pass. Our praying about it does not seem to matter. That is what we tell ourselves, not because it is so, but because it makes our prayerlessness easier to justify. A bug in that ointment are verses…

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How to pray for unreceptive unbelievers

To pray that God would ‘bless’ or ‘help’ an unreceptive unbeliever is not the way to go. Two reasons: Those kind of prayers are too generic. How will we know if God answers. How will we know if we are praying according to God’s will. Those prayers are framed as if the unbeliever was a…