Anxiety is Spiritual Warfare

7 Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. 8 Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:7-8, CEB) Anxiety confuses our thinking. We create “what if” scenarios, along with “If only” scenarios. When that happens, the enemy roars. HeContinue reading “Anxiety is Spiritual Warfare”

Giving Without a Second Thought

A refreshing look at James 1:5 from the Common English Bible. First, the NIV 2011: 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. Common English Bible: 5 But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose veryContinue reading “Giving Without a Second Thought”

The Lesson of the Controlled Burn

Last week when I arrived at the retreat center for my silent prayer retreat the staff let me know they would be doing a controlled burn in the meadow near my cabin. It saved me from panicking when I saw the smoke a few hours later. Being a guy, I had to walk over toContinue reading “The Lesson of the Controlled Burn”

Observing the Pattern of Prayer… and Action

I am reading/praying my way through Luke right now. One thing I truly love about Luke’s take on the life of Jesus is in the intricate tie between prayer and activity. In Luke 5 there is the constant rush of ministry activity. Healing, teaching, deliverance ministry, but Luke adds in, “Jesus often withdrew to theContinue reading “Observing the Pattern of Prayer… and Action”

The great cloud of witnesses

Having finished Robert Benson’s book In Constant Prayer for a book review, there are some powerful thoughts from his work I wanted to share. His admonition is to take up the duty of prayer. Specifically, take up the ancient practice of the “offices.” Pray the daily office. The office is just a collection of words.Continue reading “The great cloud of witnesses”

Book Review: Enjoying Prayer

One of my heroes in the faith is Calvin Olson. Calvin was a missionary to southern Asia for many years. When I knew him he was retired as a missionary and traveled throughout our state with our district superintendent to conduct monthly prayer and fasting days. Every fall prayer retreat before he passed away, youContinue reading “Book Review: Enjoying Prayer”


New Year’s resolutions are tough. Yet, there are some spiritual exercises I want to increase in my life. 1. Increase in prayer. We will open the new year with a week of prayer. We will have a silent retreat in February. The Lord is challenging me in fasting and prayer. I need to call outContinue reading “Resolved”