Nov 10, 2019
Fasting and Praying
As we continue in the sixth week of 40 Days of Prayer, we look at another element of praying that often goes missing -- fasting. Prayer and fasting go together in the Bible and yet we have lost this art when it comes to intentionally to give up something so we can focus on God's grace to us. Sometimes, we go without breakfast, but usually that is because we are late to our next appointment and so we skip it. When was the last time you've fasted? Pastor Jim has some good insight for us -- and a challenge to fast this Friday at lunch.
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  • Nov 10, 2019Fasting and Praying
    Nov 10, 2019
    Fasting and Praying
    As we continue in the sixth week of 40 Days of Prayer, we look at another element of praying that often goes missing -- fasting. Prayer and fasting go together in the Bible and yet we have lost this art when it comes to intentionally to give up something so we can focus on God's grace to us. Sometimes, we go without breakfast, but usually that is because we are late to our next appointment and so we skip it. When was the last time you've fasted? Pastor Jim has some good insight for us -- and a challenge to fast this Friday at lunch.
  • Nov 3, 2019Don’t Hang Up
    Nov 3, 2019
    Don’t Hang Up
    As we continue in 40 Days of Prayer, we turn to Paul's words to "pray continually" and look at ways we can pray to the Lord throughout our day even when we are visiting Crazytown! Pastor Nate shares a personal story of praying continually throughout the day for his aunt, uncle and cousin who were in a car accident.
  • Oct 27, 2019The Biggest Obstacle to Prayer
    Oct 27, 2019
    The Biggest Obstacle to Prayer
    What is the biggest obstacle to your prayer life? Busyness, forgetfulness, skepticism, feeling inadequate, uncertain? As we continue through 40 Days of Prayer, we look through the Lord's Prayer for guidance to this question. We find at the end of the passage found in Matthew 6:14-15, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."  The biggest obstacle in our prayer life according to Jesus -- is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness hinders our prayer life. We have been forgiven by God and therefore, since we are forgiven, we ought to forgive others. Is there someone that needs to hear you say, "I'm sorry?" Do you need to hear an apology?
  • Oct 20, 2019Playing God’s Will
    Oct 20, 2019
    Playing God’s Will
    We believe that prayer changes things. As we continue in the 40 Days of Prayer, our desire is to raise the level of spiritual expectation in our lives and the lives of the church. Perhaps we pray because we think we will change the mind of God to have a favorable outcome for ourselves. However, we are not changing God's will. We may not even be praying to change things. Ultimately prayer changes us.
  • Oct 13, 2019Who Cares?
    Oct 13, 2019
    Who Cares?
    In life, we need simple reminders that people care. Beyond that, we need to be reminded that God cares -- He cares for us very deeply. He even tells us to cast all our concerns, anxieties, fear and dreams -- all of it -- on Him. He cares about the little and big things in our lives. The question is, do we trust, the God of the Universe, really cares for us?
  • Oct 6, 2019What Do You Expect?
    Oct 6, 2019
    What Do You Expect?
    We start journeying 40 days of praying. Why 40 days? We believe it takes 40 days to make something a habit and praying is a habit worth forming as we grow spiritually. So we began, Week One looking at how our expectations determine our experience. In life, two people can experience the same thing and have two very different reactions. One might be pleasantly surprised, while the other is surprisingly disappointed. Our prayers often have that type of reactions -- surprised or disappointed. However, Pastor Jim challenge of what do we expect when we pray might be surprising. Instead of coming with needs and wants -- what if we come to God with "immeasurably more." What if we raised our level of spiritual expectation!