Lord Teach Me to Pray: Lessons from a Person of Prayer

Lord Teach Me to Pray: Lessons from a Person of Prayer

Learning prayer is a meandering path for many Christians. My journey with God in prayer has taken me from a period when I dismissed prayer as unnecessary to the present where prayer has become an integral part of each day. Along the way were long stretches of inconsistent time with God followed by short bursts of focused effort. On my own I tried my best to learn how to pray by reading books on prayer. “I need to pray! So, I’ll read a book about prayer.” Huh?

However, what I needed to do was actually pray. Learning comes in doing. You learn to play the guitar by playing the guitar. You learn to swim by swimming. You learn to cook by cooking. You learn to pray by praying. Jesus knew this.

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Heart Attacks and Losing Our Minds

Heart Attacks and Losing Our Minds

Not long ago, a man I did ministry with here in Chattanooga, Anton, went into cardiac arrest.  Then things only got worse: he was put into a medically induced coma, was 100% on a breathing machine, and worst of all, the front portion of his brain ceased functioning.  Anton’s family was facing the question of letting nature take its course, or putting him in a nursing home for the rest of his life...

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Getting Answers From God

Getting Answers From God

Years ago, while still in college, I remember being furious with God.  For months I had been praying for an answer to a specific question I had about a difficult situation in my life, and had only been met with silence.  Even more offensive to me was the fact that God had provided clear, direct answers to a myriad of other things I had been praying about during this time period—we’re talking the kind of answers that make you look up to Heaven and say, “WOW!  There is a God!”  

So why in the world was He remaining silent concerning this issue?  

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Familiar Pain

Familiar Pain

Two weeks ago I went through a life-threatening, traumatic and extremely frightening experience. I hadn’t done anything to provoke or deserve the intrusion and as many innocent victims understand, the feeling of powerlessness and fear leaves scars and leaves you wondering if it’s possible to return to the state of mind and heart that existed before the event. To be honest, at this point I feel like I may never see the world in the same way again. I don’t feel it necessary to describe the event as I write, but I do want to speak into what I’m learning from it.

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Creativity: Within Our Words & Hands & Thoughts

Creativity: Within Our Words & Hands & Thoughts

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I spent a lot of time working out in my parents’ garden. See, I was struggling with depression, and being able to put my hands in the dirt, root up the bad stuff, create new flower beds, plant new things, and tend to them brought so much wonderful healing to my life. I found so many “life lessons” in gardening.

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More Than Ecumenical Mush - An Appeal to Unity

More Than Ecumenical Mush - An Appeal to Unity
Jesus came and lived in a time when there was no closed canon of Scripture, and there were distinct religious groups who all had different perceptions of how they believed God wanted them to live.  You had Essenes, Pharisees, Zealots, and Sadducees. Some of them started following Christ, all at the same time, without everything being worked out—and it worked because God was in their midst.
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