“Dwell on these things”

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral …

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Prayers for Humble Listening and Wise Speaking

Below are two prayers from this morning’s Lectio 365 devotional. One concerns our need to listen humbly and the other to speak wisely. Both go together. Both speak to the need for relational accountability among Christians. Both highlight how difficult the conversations we have with one another can sometimes be and, therefore, how much grace …

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Wilderness #3: Walking with God in the Wilderness

Pastor J.D. Greear tells this story: “I once told a group of interns at our church that if they ever had days when they couldn’t feel God’s closeness, experiencing regular waves of His pleasure and mercy wash over their souls, that was proof they weren’t really saved. You should have seen the looks on their …

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Prayer #8: Sin, Confession, and the Joy of Forgiveness

How joyful is the onewhose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered!How joyful is a person whomthe Lord does not charge with iniquityand in whose spirit is no deceit!When I kept silent, my bones became brittlefrom my groaning all day long.For day and night your hand was heavy on me;my strength was drained[a]as in the summer’s …

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