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Wonders of His Love

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.
(Final verse of Joy to the World)…



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Added by Rob Griepentrog on December 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

My Problem with Prayer (as it's Performed)

2016 has been a year where I've prayed for extraordinary prayer within my life, within the Church, and also throughout the entire world.  I've been encouraged as God has shown me people and places where He's answering that prayer.  Yet, I witness many times where prayer is offered quickly, and in a perfunctory manner, that is anything but extraordinary.  In fact, I sometimes find myself deeply desiring to see a new "ordinary"…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on December 27, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

The Bible's Built-In Prayer Guide

If you're like me, you sometimes find yourself stuck trying to think of something to pray about.  While we're surrounded by people and matters to pray about, there are just some times when the mind gets stuck, and prayer can seemingly grind to a halt.



Recently, I was preparing a prayer guide for a prayer meeting focusing on Revival in the Church.  I was reading Romans…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on December 7, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Raw Prayer

How polished should our prayers be when we pray to God?  It's one of many questions Christians, and many non-Christians alike, carry with them in life. 



Recently, I was reminded about how beautiful the prayer of a newborn Christian can be.  It's a prayer spoken from the heart, in their own natural vernacular (which likely isn't politically correct, and may include swear words, unrefined verbiage, poor grammar, and more linguistic faux pas).  It's a prayer that's raw,…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on July 28, 2016 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

Waiting for the Right Time to Pray?

"Prayer is the master strategy that God gives for the defeat and rout of Satan." - Wesley L. Duewel



It's no secret that prayer is the most powerful weapon that God has given to us as Christians.  It's the one thing that Satan is powerless against!  God has provided us with a way to change the world; all while He changes us while we pray.  Yet, in our day and age, many Christians are fooled into thinking, "I'll…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on January 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

From Wimpy Prayers to Bold Praying

Most weeks, I type out a note to encourage and embolden fellow Christians to pray and go deeper in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.



This week, I offer to you a recording of Prayer Leader David Butts titled, From Wimpy Prayers to Bold Praying.  It runs around 35 minutes in duration, but I promise you that your faith will be challenged and encouraged as you listen.



If you feel "stuck" in your prayer life; like your prayers seem ineffective or…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on September 17, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Setting Aside Time with God

In Scripture, we read of men who sought God, desired to hear His voice, who were instructed in His ways, and who took great joy in knowing and following Him.  In Hebrews 11:5-6, we read of Enoch as one example:

By faith Enoch was taken…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on September 2, 2014 at 12:09pm — 2 Comments

Praying with Your Feet

This past weekend, I had the privilege of prayer walking the grounds of some local schools with area residents, ministry leaders, students, and even an alumnus of the schools!  While many simply consider the concept of prayer walking (walking while praying) or praying on site, just another way that one can pray, I can tell you that people participating left excited, enthused, and invigorated!  Yes, invigorated.  That's a word I seldom, if ever, see paired with the word,…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on August 27, 2014 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

You Can't Hurry Relationship

"Many want the Spirit's power but not the Spirit's purity. The Holy Spirit does not rent out His attributes. His power is never separated from His glorious Self." - James A. Stewart, Heaven's Throne Gift


Henry and Mel Blackaby further challenge many Christians' self-focused view of the Holy Spirit.


"Why is it that countless believers seem to stand powerless before a world desperately needing what we claim to have? Why does the…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on August 12, 2014 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Beyond In Case of Emergency...

Attention spans in America are at historically short levels in our day and age.  A sound bite here, a brief video, a short news clip there, a quick word of gossip during a meal, and many people can feel they're on top of the news, have a handle on life, or have all the knowledge they need to appear intelligent or knowledgeable amongst their peers.  


Our short attention spans are not impressive to God.  One of the big reasons is that those same short attention spans transfer…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on August 5, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

A Way to Pray Through Scripture

One way to teach and encourage prayer is to model it for others.  It's not done with a mindset of, "Hey, look at what I can do," but is done out of a humble desire to love and encourage others to pray and practice a similar manner of prayer within their own devotions and ongoing personal relationships with God through Jesus Christ.…



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Added by Rob Griepentrog on August 5, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Wise Words About Prayer

R.A.Torrey was a pastor and evangelist in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Early in his service to the Lord, he joined with D.L. Moody and soon was evangelizing around the world.  Some say that God brought over 100,000 souls to faith in Jesus through Torrey's evangelistic ministry.…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on August 5, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Our Mindset of Prayer: No Matter is Too Great or Small

Father,



You are God of all (1).

 

I confess that I often approach both You, and Your gift of prayer, with too small of a mindset.  Sometimes, I imagine the things I have the ability to accomplish or dream up, and then ask You to do only that much.  Yet, You're able to do immeasurably more, as Paul wrote in Ephesians 3…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on July 18, 2014 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

Prayer Can Radically Change a Community

Around two years ago, the lead pastor of the largest church in Juarez, Mexico, was quietly praying when he was prompted by God to immediately resign his position, set up a small tent in a downtown park, and then pray and fast for 21 days.
 
Juarez, just over the border from El Paso, TX, made international news due to its high murder rate and very significant drug cartel influence.  Stories of dozens of daily…
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on June 18, 2014 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Hitting Our Prayer Reset Button (Considering How We Pray)

HIMSELF

     by A. B. Simpson

Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;

Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.

Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;

Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.

Once 'twas painful trying, Now 'tis perfect trust;

Once a half…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on June 4, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Understanding Wisdom, Proverbs, and Prayer

A.W. Tozer wrote some important points to consider when we think about God's attribute of wisdom.  Some key takeaways include:
 
"Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means.  It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. …
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on May 28, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Do You Have Abundance to Share?

Jesus, as recorded in Luke 11, shared a hypothetical, yet realistic, situation with his disciples.



Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on May 22, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

Grown in Prayer

"Prayer changes things" is a phrase I hear spoken every once in awhile.  While prayer is a method or tool that God created for us to communicate with him, God is the one who changes things.  He changes us and/or the circumstances we experience when we pray.



So, let me ask you this question.  What needs changing today?



I imagine, almost instantly, your mind is filling with personal concerns or matters in which you'd like to see change. …
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on May 21, 2014 at 10:09am — No Comments

Whose Time Is It Anyway?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and…

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Added by Rob Griepentrog on May 18, 2014 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Dispelling a Lie about God and Prayer

There is a non-biblical belief that has entered the church, and the hearts of many Christians in our day an age.  It's one, like many, that hints of truth, but is laced with a disarming lie.  It is something that causes many Christians to relax, forfeit, and give up in prayer; even to the point of setting the Sword of the Spirit down for lengthy times.  The statement/idea is this: …
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Added by Rob Griepentrog on May 18, 2014 at 8:51pm — No Comments

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