It is a beautiful morning here on Norwegian Ridge in Western Wisconsin. The bluebirds and robins are singing their little hearts out, the breeze is just right for kite flying with the grands... I love spring! What a beautiful start to Holy Week, walking with the Lamb to the cross. Blessings to you as you contemplate what that means for your life... Joan Tyvoll, www.restandbethankful.org
Added by Joan Tyvoll on March 27, 2010 at 10:55am —
Kevin Moore suggested I blog about praying for pastors, and this post actually started as a comment in a forum started by Phil Miglioratti (I hope I spelled that right. I did it without looking.), but it was getting so long that I turned it into the blog post that Kevin suggested. I think it is vital for pastors to have a prayer support team - more so than ever before, it seems to me, because of the times we're in and how the intensity of spiritual warfare has escalated.
When we… Continue
Added by Jennifer Weed on March 27, 2010 at 1:30am —
When things look impossible and you feel all alone - I can "vouch for GOD"! I can tell you from personal experience (we've been through 2 hurricanes, 8 surgeries, mild autism, separations, addictions, homelessness TWICE, the loss of 8 close loved-ones in less than 10 years, and the list…
Added by Wendy Posey Songy on March 26, 2010 at 11:30pm —
The further we go as a church toward becoming a "house of prayer", the more we understand that praying churches stand on the foundation of praying families - and praying families stand on the foundation of praying individuals.
It's easy to find resources for praying churches and it's easier to find resources for praying individuals. But it's hard to find a resource to help families become praying families. Books have been… Continue
Added by Kevin Moore on March 26, 2010 at 5:10pm —
We've been pondering recently about true Worship - It seems like the Lord has made us LIVE the songs we've written, etc. - like "did you really MEAN what you said or were you just trying to make it sound good"...So this past week or so, the Lord has really touched our hearts and made us realize: So many times in corporate worship, we sing cause it's a catchy tune or because it makes US feel good when we get caught up in the emotion of singing to the Lord. Are we really singing to please… Continue
Added by Wendy Posey Songy on March 25, 2010 at 10:36pm —
It is a privilege to be part of a church that is committed to becoming a "house of prayer". We are seeking to saturate every aspect of what we do with prayer. It is a long journey and we've tried a few things that haven't worked all that well, but for the most part we have enjoyed taking a few positive baby steps along the pathway.
To that end, we create a Congregational Prayer Summit experience for our church family twice a year. Several of these weekend forays have been… Continue
Added by Kevin Moore on March 25, 2010 at 11:42am —
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by His cross and passion be brought to the glory of His resurrection.…
Added by Bruce Friesen on March 25, 2010 at 9:59am —
We all get emails, all of the time, and usually from friends, regarding politics. I usually just "86" them, but I finally had to stand up and be counted...as a pray-er. Please see my email below that I sent to my friend:
Alright, here’s my thought. My thoughts are limited to us as Christians,… Continue
Added by Mark S Mirza on March 24, 2010 at 3:30pm —
LORD WE LOVE YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY
AND WANT TO KEEP YOU FIRST.
YOU TAKE CARE OF OUR EVERY NEED
AND QUENCH EVERY THIRST!
WHEN NOTHING’S GOING RIGHT
WE TRUST AND HOLD ON TIGHT
TO THE PROMISES YOU’VE MADE TO US IN YOUR WORD!
YOUR BOUNDLESS LOVE IS UNCOMPREHENSIBLE;
YET WE FEEL IT EVERY DAY
YOUR MERCY, PLANS AND PROVISION FOR US -
PERFECT IN EVERY WAY
WHEN WE THINK THINGS LOOK IMPOSSIBLE
YOU CAN FIX THEM IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
Added by Wendy Posey Songy on March 23, 2010 at 8:35pm —
Looking into the Word
God has given us his Word, the Bible, to guide us through this earthly life. Jesus is… Continue
Added by Marsha Mundy on March 20, 2010 at 10:27pm —
We are a group of men that meet the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. To peruse our website click here. We have been meeting since March 18, 2006. We have an Under the Pulpit Ministry as well a Conference Call Prayer Ministry going on weekly also. Today when we met we had an excellent time before the Lord. Our 7:30 and our 10:15 Bible studies were also very strong. For our prayer time we had 8 men join us that had never been to SOT… Continue
Added by Mark S Mirza on March 20, 2010 at 1:01pm —
While this is my first (and hopefully only) Social Network that I have joined. I am getting it figured out. How about you? Any questions or thoughts you want to throw out there re social networking. I believe that this can be a very helpful tool for encouraging prayer and I am very glad that NavPress has done this.
Added by Mark S Mirza on March 19, 2010 at 3:00pm —
My wife and I just got back from 11 days in Israel with Caroll Roberson. We learned so much that we need to share. I feel it has changed the way I will study God's Word and preach. We brought back many teaching aids and pictures we will be using to teach others.
I would recomed this for everyone who can possibly paarticipate in going to this amazing land.
Added by Rev. Alfred K. Carter on March 18, 2010 at 11:49am —
It is in the silence that God speaks and we must be quiet and listen. How hard can listening be? Very hard. In a society were we are always "plugged in," listening can be challenging. We feel a need to "do something, say something, move something and hurry God along." Being quiet requires us to slow down and wait on God to answewr. Being quiet requires us to concentrate on hearing in the silence. Being quiet requires us to tune our ears to hear God's voice and tune our hearts to receive… Continue
Added by Teshawn Green on March 15, 2010 at 5:30pm —
What is forgiveness? Is it forgetting an event happened? Or is it surpressing the emotions the occurred surrounding the event. Is forgiveness simply saying "I forgive you" because we are required to forgive according to Matthew 18:22? Are we more eager to forgive when we have minimal contact with the person we need to forgive? If we see the person do we hide or shun them? Or are we happy and excited to see the person who offended us?
During this second semester of Elijah House… Continue
Added by Teshawn Green on March 12, 2010 at 12:30pm —
I woke up this morning thinking of Bubble and Squeak. It was an odd but brilliant idea--the obvious solution to my nagging problem about what to bring to an Irish-themed potluck I'm attending tonight. Truth be told, I don't much care for Irish cuisine. But at the very least, my humble potato and cabbage casserole will provide us with interesting conversation as we take turns trying to guess how it got its peculiar name.
One Irish-themed thought led quickly to… Continue
Added by Cynthia Bezek on March 12, 2010 at 11:00am —
In our prayer small group at church we are dwelling with the topic of hearing Gods voice.We have a desire to hear God more direct and clarely.In this proscess we are turning to the big story-tellers as Eugene Peterson would have expressed it.One of the writers with most impact on my mind is Larry Lea and his breakthrough book : Hearing Ear.I believe this book has created a longing to hear Gods voice among a worlwide public.Going through his book again I realize this is certainly not any… Continue
Added by Terje Leigre on March 12, 2010 at 10:07am —
This business of praying, while a very rewarding thing, also takes discipline and a choice.. We have to choose to talk to God and choose to obey so that we can keep the communication lines open. I have to choose to turn off the tv, choose to read books on prayer when I'd rather just tune out and so on. I also have to choose to keep praying even when there are no results yet. I have to keep on believing those promises until I see them fulfilled. This is much easier said then… Continue
Added by Sally J Campbell on March 10, 2010 at 1:51am —
Mustard Seed Faith…
Added by Marsha Mundy on March 2, 2010 at 10:19pm —
Meeting with a group of guys at work to study the Celebration of Discipline. This is a classic, written in 1978 to get people back to the disciplines that during the time of Christ were not even explained, because everyone did them. including mediation, fasting, prayer, solitude, service and more...great book, looking forward to growing in my disciplines with like minded brothers. Please pray for us as we learn what should become second nature to all Christians....
Added by Bradley Schlief on March 2, 2010 at 11:58am —