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Let’s Not Make Prayer Complicated

  For years I felt like a freshman in the school of prayer. I felt I had so much to learn in order to do it right. If I missed the mark, my prayers would waste both my breath and God’s time, and my best intercessory efforts would score a failing grade.   Sometimes we… [ read more ]

A Simple Prayer When We Need Jesus to Teach Us

The back-to-school season has arrived again. Depending on where they live and work, some teachers have already welcomed their students. Others are busy setting up their classrooms or will soon be doing so. And some—homeschoolers, for instance—are preparing, too, only in a different setting.   Teachers play a vital role in their students’ lives. They… [ read more ]

Fasting for a Purpose

    Most believers acknowledge fasting as a spiritual discipline. The late author and missionary Dr. Wesley L. Duewel explained it this way: “Fasting in the biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, your determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that… [ read more ]

The Importance of Consulting God First

  A couple of years ago, a ministry in the Middle East asked me to come and teach a week of discipleship training. I’d been there once before and had loved connecting with the people, so I immediately said yes. Never mind that my calendar was already booked with teaching in Nepal for three weeks… [ read more ]

One-Word Prayers are Effective

  What’s prayer, anyway? I like J. I. Packer’s definition: “The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God’s hand, but a humble acknowledgement of helplessness and dependence.” Prayer takes different forms. Sometimes it’s liturgical and recited aloud in a formal church setting. Sometimes it’s private, penned in one’s journal for only… [ read more ]

What Legacy Do You Want to Leave?

  Today’s one of those days that gives reason for pause and reflection. You see, a good friend of our ministry passed away last week after a valiant battle with cancer. He was only 47 years old and left behind his wife, a college freshman son, and a high-school age daughter.   This morning, thanks… [ read more ]

How God’s Listening Skills Differ From Ours

Listening well is a skill. How easy it is, when in the middle of a conversation, to allow our focus to be drawn other places. Know what I mean?   Our cell phone rings or beeps a text message. We can’t ignore it. After all, it might be an emergency!   Our mental to-do list… [ read more ]

The Power of Body Posture

  Communication experts tell us that body posture speaks volumes. For instance, standing with our arms crossed while speaking with someone is like erecting a barrier. It says we’ve closed ourselves off to him. Repetitive body movements such as drumming our fingers on the table betray boredom or fatigue. A shoulder shrug means the person… [ read more ]

How to Enjoy a Deeper Relationship With Jesus – (Part 1 of 3)

  I spent the weekend in beautiful Kelowna, BC where Trinity Baptist Church hosted the one-day women’s conference “RADIANT: Creating a Deeper Life.” What a joy to meet and mingle with about 160 women, and to encourage them to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. I love the fact that a deep and intimate relationship… [ read more ]

Spiritual Disciplines—What’s the Point?

  So my husband and I have resolved to get fit and stay that way. Between you and me, I wish we could accomplish that goal without having to carve time in our schedule to exercise and without having to eliminate a few favorite goodies from our diet – ie: homemade cinnamon rolls. But alas,… [ read more ]