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April 2015 Blog Posts (23)


I have written quite a bit here on praise in the past few years. But in fact I am convinced that I have not written nearly enough about it. Jesus began His model prayer for us with a crescendo of praise. "Hallowed be thy name." I think it is important to note that Jesus is not simply giving us a mechanical order for the words of our prayers like the helpful A.C.T.S. of Prayer, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. He is saying praising God is to be preeminent in our character…


Added by David Young on April 30, 2015 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Announcing a Special Event

Grandparent’s Day of Prayer- September 13, 2015  

  I want to share a special event with you that will be taking place on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents all over the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren on Sunday, September 13, 2015.…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on April 29, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

PTAP: The Courage to Trust

In Matthew 6:36, Jesus talks about how God cares for us. Pray this verse for those who love Christ but are struggling with feeding their families. They cannot find jobs in an economy that is failing. Their needs are great. Ask God to provide in miraculous ways for the poor who love Him.


Pray for those who are…


Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 29, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

New member

Hello all I am new on here and hope to meet some friends on here I am married to my wonderful husband and we have one cat.  Family and friends and going to Church are very inportant to us. We used to be Youth Leaders at our old church we went to years ago when we were younger and my husband was on the church board and I did the Church Bulletin and did the overhead during church services I love to do the Lords work. My husband played his accordian in church too.  We know go to The New…


Added by Gretchen Starika on April 25, 2015 at 6:15am — 2 Comments


For many years I have at least occasionally memorized Scriptures and meditated on them some. And I begin my daily devotional time by praying over life verses that God has pressed on me. But I have recently discovered a type of meditation that has surprised me by how much it has…

Added by David Young on April 23, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Disillusionment & Disappointment

The Arab Spring is pointing out that there are masses of Muslim peoples who are disappointed and disillusioned with life. For these masses it is not surprising that they look to Islam, more religion, as their first default to what their hearts desire. God has placed a desire in us for life, truth, healthy relationships, for Him. Satan comes to kill and destroy. Satan is the father of lies.…


Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 22, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

How far can love go?

Adopting the simple and powerful lifestyle of praying, caring and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those around us reminds us that if we follow Jesus, we would never have to worry about getting it wrong or drifting astray.  We could forget about “who gets the credit” and just walk with Jesus.

 If we needed to pray, he would kneel and invite us to kneel with him.  If we needed to care, he would show us where and how.   If we needed to share, he would be sure someone crossed our…


Added by Dennis Owen on April 21, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

What I Learned from a Kitchen Worker in Paris

As we go about our work day, we might learn from an uneducated worker named Brother Lawrence. When Brother Lawrence joined a monastery in Paris in the 1600’s, he wasn’t educated enough to become an official clergyman, so he went about serving in the monastery. For the rest of his life, he worked in the kitchen and repaired sandals. But it washow he went about his work that was remarkable.



Added by Chris Heinz on April 17, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

LoveJax2020: Give Love A Try

We pray that by the year-end of 2020, every person in Jacksonville would be authentically loved by at least one follower of Jesus.


We believe that the greatest gift we can give a person is an opportunity to know that God loves them and cares deeply about them. Such love is not an emotion, but a choice.


Followers of Jesus do not love on the basis of how we feel because real love is not a transaction based upon performance, but upon a relationship.  This…


Added by Dennis Owen on April 17, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments


How are you loving your enemies? It should not surprise us that Jesus Himself applied this impossible command with a prescription for prayer.

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the…


Added by David Young on April 16, 2015 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Whom Shall I Fear?

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name” (Psalm 86:11).

As you look at your present life, what do you personally fear? You may be presently struggling with a fear that has gripped your heart deeply. Satan has released a spirit of fear all over the world, but the fear of the Lord counterattacks enemy fear. In light of this…


Added by Debbie Przybylski on April 16, 2015 at 4:10pm — No Comments

God’s Timetable vs. My Timetable

Do you get disappointed with God’s timetable sometime?

We read in John 11 how Mary and Martha were disappointed and thought all hope was gone when Jesus didn't come when they called for him to come heal their beloved brother, Lazarus. Jesus had healed others but Jesus wasn’t coming to heal their brother. Jesus loved Mary, Martha…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on April 16, 2015 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Rejoicing in Hope

My youngest son was invited to a "sleepover party" this week. One of his closest friends was turning 10 and wanted my little guy to celebrate with him. You might not think a sleepover is such a big deal at your age, but for a nine-year-old who has often been left behind while two older brothers go on sleepovers, this was like being given the world! Oh,…


Added by Deborah Perkins on April 15, 2015 at 3:19pm — No Comments

PTAP: Revelation & Unity in Christ Needed

Pray for a family who lives in a mountainous village. In the past, they guided many tourists through the mountain paths, even meeting some who believe in Christ. They heard stories about the Lord. Ask that they will remember the words that they heard and believe. Pray that they will download the Scriptures from the internet and read them. Pray that they will believe.

Imagine looking at the pages of a book or a bill board on the street and have no idea what is being said. This is…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 15, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Holy Loneliness

 David knew how to climb up the Worship Mountain wherever he was.

Persecuted, betrayed, but he learnt how to keep safe his secret hidden place with the Lord.

No matter what happens around, He is our Rock. In the secret of His Presence, we will hear the  heart beats for the lost ones! We go back to our daily routine, but He has anointed us with His love for the unreached! My best verse today, which I share with you:…


Added by Liliana Ester Long on April 10, 2015 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments


Have you spent time under the fig tree? Do you remember the account in the first chapter of the Gospel of John about Nathanael's first encounter with Jesus? The Lord made a declaration about Nathanael's character that someone who had not met him couldn't know. Nathanael was shocked. Of course we understand how the Son of God would know us intimately, but Nathanael had to ask Jesus how He knew. Jesus' answer stirs my heart. He simply said, "I saw you under the fig tree." That convinced…


Added by David Young on April 9, 2015 at 3:01pm — 3 Comments

Overcoming Exhaustion

One of the reasons why I began writing His Inscriptions was to strengthen believers - especially Christian leaders - who are weary and exhausted for various reasons. You may be feeling that way today. It is not uncommon, in an increasingly hostile world, to feel tired or discouraged. Once we are weary, it becomes harder than ever to maintain the good habits we have of connecting with God. Self-discipline eludes us and our…


Added by Deborah Perkins on April 8, 2015 at 5:15pm — No Comments

PTAP: Father, Daddy

For Arabian Peninsula Muslims most of the very basics of Christianity are so far out of their worldview. For them to think of God as Father or even more out there is Daddy (Abba) is really hard.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."…


Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 8, 2015 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Enough Prayer?

When will you have prayed enough? If you ask God once for some thing or on behalf of someone is that enough? Can God respond to one single prayer? Of course He can, but does He desire more? It reminds me of the child sitting in front of the TV at Christmas time watching every toy advertisement and saying, “I want that for Christmas.” Does a good parent make notes, and purchase everything the child wants? Hopefully not. The wise parent waits to see if the child really wants a particular toy,…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on April 5, 2015 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

The Day Between

I just listened to a message by John Ortberg entitled "Who Is This Man?".  It's about the three-day story from Good Friday to Easter.  Ortberg characterized Saturday as the "day of silence" - of the three; it's the day that no one studies and no one knows much about.

This made me think a bit about the analogy to prayer, especially the prayer that arises from pain or crisis.  In practice, these prayers are rarely answered instantaneously. There's always a wait of some kind - a "day…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on April 4, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

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