Lately I have been experiencing a renewed commitment to prayer. I have less desire to talk about it and more of a desire to just practice it. I am praying more with my kids. I am praying more with my wife. I pray more with friends. I am praying more on my own.
Yesterday I took a day to fast and to pray. Continue reading
The thought of not talking for 3 days freaked Jon right out. Though he is a quiet guy, thoughtful and reserved, he is also extremely social. The Silent Retreat was a required exercise for Jon’s TREK training; he had no choice but to participate. But then, how hard could it really be?
The intensity of the silence fell over the group like a wet blanket. Jon almost panicked; he became suddenly aware of the “noise” in his mind. Thoughts were screaming loudly and there arose in him a deep seated fear of being alone. Continue reading
Thankfully I don’t keep a journal for an English teacher, a critical editor or future blog posts. You would likely scoff at much of what I write. But I will let you in on a little secret, I write for me. My journal keeping is a devotional exercise, through which I hone my communication skills with my heavenly Father, it is a spiritual discipline.
This morning I reflected on why I continue to attempt a regular practice of journaling.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:14)
I can’t think of a more compelling statement to inspire missionaries: veteran or rookie. “This is not a great commission, nor a great commandment. It is a great certainty, a great confidence.” (John Piper)I know many unbelievable missionaries who have left their home country leaning 110% on this confidence. Nothing expresses this more clearly than their top 10 reasons to be a missionary. Continue reading
A friend of mine recently commented that older generations today are reluctant to admit their ability to hear God’s voice. On the other hand young adults have no qualms using the words “God told me this that and the other thing.”
Why is that do you think? Don’t both of these realities pose some real dangers? Continue reading