Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thinking about Heaven

I’m convinced that one of the reasons  Jesus wants me to think about Heaven (and teaches me to do so in His prayer) is the encouragement that comes from it.  “I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger, a traveling through this world of … Continue reading

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Which art in heaven

Whenever we pray “which art in heaven”, the Lord is teaching us to THINK about a PLACE that is very DIFFERENT than where we are.  Most of us don’t.  It’s easy to get trapped into thinking that where we are and what … Continue reading

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Our Father

The moment we say these words, we realize that we are not alone.  The Lord does not teach me to say MY Father, He teaches me to say OUR Father.  As I pray, I imagine (not because it is imaginary, but because we are, typically, … Continue reading

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Deja Vacation

Dear Friends, The pastor is away for a few weeks (first for vacation and then for youth camp).  In his absence I hope you will find encouragement from a few ‘repeat blogs’.  The pastor will begin blogging again (in real … Continue reading

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Praying through disappointment

This is going to be a good week!  Our read-this-together-with-your-friends-at-FBC-for-a-blessing-from-God passage this week is 2 Samuel 11 and 12.  It is a study of Samuel as an old man.  Samuel after he counsels Israel not to choose a king.  Samuel after they go … Continue reading

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Prayer as warfare

Good morning.  In a few hours the people of FBC will meet to seek the Lord by listening to His word, together.  Our text for today is Judges 4 and 5.  Deborah was a mother who realized that her nation, … Continue reading

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Crying out to God

It rained Wednesday.  We prayed and it rained.  Coincidence?  No!  Tomorrow (Sunday) at FBC we will think together about the leadership/courage of Deborah.  As worthy of our admiration as she is, my attention has been on vs 3 (Judges 4) “the sons … Continue reading

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Vacation and vocation

“Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”  (Mark 6:31)  Holly and I will leave this morning for a few days away.  I am grateful for the renewal that comes with rest.  Vacations, for me, are … Continue reading

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Looking for His Face

When I pray, I have to remember that I am looking for a PERSON.  “If my people who are called by my Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my FACE. . .”  Sometimes I get caught in busy … Continue reading

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Take words and return

“Return O Israel to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.  Take words with you and return to the Lord.  Say to Him, ‘take away our iniquity and receive us graciously’.” (Hosea 14:1-2)  Sometimes in … Continue reading

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