#CCLent17 / Day 2 / March 2 / Praying in Syria

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV) For many years I have used what […]

The Lord’s Prayer and Discipleship

Listen to this message (if you missed it or not in town) from Neil Botts, our Executive Pastor at Christ Church, on The Lord’s Prayer. Our current teaching series has a double focus: Learning what a disciple of Jesus is really ‘like;’ and learning from the Master how disciples are ‘made.’ Here is a helpful resource […]

A Prayer to Begin Your Day

In the previous post, I shared the story that challenged me to be more tuned into the everyday, ordinary opportunities for ministry to people. I closed the sermon Sunday with a suggested prayer to put in your own words. Here are variations you might use: A SUGGESTED PRAYER TO BEGIN EACH DAY: Lord I want to be available, to […]

‘Honest to God’ – Pouring out our hearts

In our series on Prayer, we looked at Hannah as a beautiful example of the Psalmist’s invitation: “Pour out your heart before Him.” (Psalm 62:8) You can listen to the podcast here. Let me add an excerpt from Foster’s Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home in a  chapter  he calls Simple Prayer. In Simple Prayer […]

Learn to ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer!

Sunday’s sermon explored the vivid image of “Wrestling in Prayer.” You can listen here. It has much to teach us about prayer as the real work of the Christian disciple. This Greek verb, agonizomai, is translated variously as “struggle, agonize, toil, labor, work hard, and wrestle.” We see it in action with patriarch Jacob in Genesis […]

Of Prayer and iPhones

After last week’s sermon stressing Paul’s injunction to “pray without ceasing,” (and the reminder that God is closer than “the Cloud!”) I got an email from friends who started to pray before and after using their smart phones for email or texts, etc. I added the thought of praying for the person involved with each message. […]

Prayer: What Difference Does It Make?

Our summer series at Christ Church asks some hard and honest questions about Prayer and our practice of it. Today we explored the relationship of God’s Spirit and continual prayer. God invites us into a love relationship that is intended to push back the lesser and competing loves that cry for our allegiance. [Sunday’s sermon audio […]