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The Empty Pews Sing Softly

The empty pews sing softly, echoing back melodic tones Wafted by faithful worshipers scattered in erratic zones Through a hall reserved for moments of joy and grief, Exultation and lament, fervor and hopeful belief In Messiah Jesus, Son of God, … Continue reading

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A Prayer that We Will Find our Security in God

Fifteen years ago, the fabric of security in which Americans had wrapped themselves was ripped away as hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Our government responded with what the Attorney General … Continue reading

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Prayer When Planning for the Journey

  I spoke yesterday about “Budgeting for the Journey” as part of a sermon series entitled “The Way of the Cross Leads Home.”  When we embark on a journey, whether a holiday excursion or a work-related trip, pre-travel resource assessment … Continue reading

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Prayer on Picking Up My Cross

Jesus prayed alone often. On several occasions his private prayer preceded significant moments in his ministry. After Jesus has been praying alone (Luke 9:18), he asks his disciples, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” Their answers reveal that … Continue reading

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A Prayer for God to Defend His Cause

Devastation surrounds the composer of Psalm 74. His mind recoils in shock as he remembers the ruins of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. The enemy had demolished the building. The Psalmist tells us that the invaders had not contented … Continue reading

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Prayer for Less Disputing

More than two hundred years ago, five Kentucky preachers penned a document (“The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery”) in which they opined that Christians should “pray more and dispute less.” Their words resonate with me when I … Continue reading

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A Prayer During the Storm

I enjoyed an intense time of study and fellowship this past week. I spent most days (all day) in an intensive residence period with a small group of preachers from across the country examining the Exposition of Luke. Preachers from … Continue reading

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