A Prayer That’s Not Just for the Pulpit – Inspiration from the High Calling

Psalm 19:1-14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 Growing up, one of my heroes was a Presbyterian pastor named Ben Patterson. He was the speaker at many of the Christian conferences I attended as a teenager, [Read More...]

A Reflection for the Fourth of July: One of the Most Commonly Disobeyed Verses in the Bible?

A Reflection for the Fourth of July: One of the Most Common Disobeyed Verses in the Bible? I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that [Read More...]

Reflection for Thanksgiving Day

Reflection for Thanksgiving Day Psalm 100:1-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 On this Thanksgiving Day, Americans are encouraged to pause and give thanks to God. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “The year that is [Read More...]

Developing an Ear to Hear the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

When I lived in California, I frequently walked along the beach at Crystal Cove State Park when I needed to get away and pray.

Part 16 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I talked about how important it is to quiet our hearts if we’re to receive guidance through the Holy Spirit. I suggested that literal silence, such as what we might experience on a silent retreat, helps promote internal silence. But how is [Read More...]