Monday, January 30, 2006

Steve Hawthrone on Correct Praying

What is our prayer life like? Mine certainly has room for much, much improvement. In the 2006 edition of Seek God for the City, Steve Hawthrone, Director of WayMakers writes...

"In drastic days, pray great things. Our tendency is to pray just enough to get by; to restore the status quo of our personal circumstances. But when dramatic and perilous times fall upon us, this is the very time to pray beyond ourselves. This the time to lift our vision toward marvelous chnages God is bringing as He brings glory to His Son" (page 1).

Now is the time to pray for great things. Are you praying for your city? I am lifting up the city of Omaha, Nebraska.

For Jesus Alone!


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Love Jesus Supremely

Good Morning:

I grabbed this off another blog site:

And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

So, today...
Love Jesus supremely.
Engage culture with excellence.
Stay connected to the community of faith.

This is great encouragement for us as we live for the glory and praise of Jesus.


Monday, January 23, 2006

Does Our Love for God Have Competition?

It is easy to say that we love God. We can even quote the scripture that commands us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. But do we? I know that I do not always love the Lord as I was created for. Augustine prayed this words:

He loves Thee too little
Who loves anything together with Thee,
Which he loves not for Thy sake.

All that we have are gifts from God; and all that we do is for his glory. May we delight in the Lord alone, and may everything else be means for further joy and delight in him.

Have a good day


Monday, January 16, 2006

The Importance of Scripture During Times of Revival

True, heaven-sent revival will never be short of God's Word. Fervent prayer is vital, but so is the diligent study, meditation and preaching of God's Word. Brian Edwards writes: "All who have been used by God in spiritual revival were diligent in the study of Scripture and the application of the Scripture to their own lives. God uses men and women who submit to his authority. He does not begin revival with those who have no interest in his Word" (Revival! pg. 64).

May our Bibles become worn out and our hearts filled with God's Word


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Powerful Prayers of Righteous People

This Sunday, I will preach on the second half of James 5.16: The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

The Greek word for power points to a power waiting to be released. All of us who follow Jesus have the potential to change the environment around us and the world through prayer.

Of course, it is vital that we are righteous. Our Christ-like behavior is linked to unleashing powerful and effective prayers.

Have a great day.


Monday, January 02, 2006

Are We Serious About Revival in 2006?

Happy New Year to you all.

Brian Edwards writes in his book Revival! A People Saturated with God that "together with our prayerlessness, it is probably the unholiness of the lives of Christian leaders today that convinces God we are not really serious about revival" (pg. 62).

What will my life tell God this year?