As I walk through Colossians 3:1-4:6, I am struck by the characteristics of the kingdom. I need to cultivate these characteristics in my own life. Especially this: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (4:2) I think of this prayer in that pursuit: Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, soContinue reading “The culture of heaven cultivated in me”
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.Continue reading “A prayer of wandering”
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not haveContinue reading “Clanging Cymbals”
My life has taken some loops in the last few weeks. Walking through the passing of my dad has been a beautifully difficult path. It continues to be. In my daily reading of Scripture, which I rely on so much, has become a challenge. I have had the joy of the daily readings from theContinue reading “Back to the ancient wells”
Most loving Father, you will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us theContinue reading “Prayers in my grief”
A few weeks ago I preached in my home church on the subject of prayer. It was a basic reminder that we, as Anglicans, have the Book of Common Prayer to help in times of prayer. It is a wonderful tool.
I am not there, but my heart longs for this as I walk with Christ: From With, by Skye Jethani:
I was so fortunate to preach at our church, Church of the Apostles, this past weekend. My subject was on the resurrection life and how it impacts prayer. If you haven’t witnessed a more liturgical service, I invite you to watch the entire video. My message begins around the 19:12 mark.
Read Luke 13:10-17 HERE. Jesus is dealing with Israel and their final opportunities for repentance as he heads toward the cross. He is trying to wake them up to their poisonous nationalism and desire for open rebellion against Rome. He is calling one more time for them to wake up, turn around, and head towardContinue reading “The healing and the warning for the white conservative American church”
There are two different threads I have been thinking about in the past few days. One is concerning prayer and Ukraine. We pray for the people of Ukraine. We pray for the million plus refugees. How do we pray for Putin. There are some guidelines in Scripture.