And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If you are from my church or follow me on Facebook – you know that I fell Sunday morning. I was getting out of the shower and my foot – hitting the wet tile – came out from underneath me. I went down in a heap and for a moment thought I had really hurt myself. I fell on the same shoulder I fell on playing basketball a couple of weeks ago (my left shoulder). I have had a hard time lifting my arm all day and will go see the doctor for x-rays on Monday if it doesn’t improve. I must admit – I was scared and yet after a brief prayer – I felt a peace about me. My wife was not there – but God was there and peace came over me.
The elections happened just shy of a week ago and I must be honest with our readers – whichever way the outcome – I would have had unrest. I supported neither candidate – thinking both major candidates (and all others) to be flawed. I have a peace about the election though – because whoever is President – Jesus is still King! The elections didn’t catch God by surprise – God was prepared for our free-will choice. Continue reading
Then he said to them, My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.
The Cubs won the World Series in baseball. It has been a long time since that was last typed. This ended a 108-year drought – a period longer than any other Major League Baseball team.
There are Cub fans that haven’t experienced a winning season very often much less winning the title. Yet many Cub fans are diehard fans – win or lose (and they often lost) – they supported their team. Around here the Orioles went 14 seasons without having a winning season and many fans departed and haven’t come back – even though they have started to win again and have been to the playoffs recently. The Nationals have been favorites before the season a few times to win the World Series (on paper) and when they didn’t achieve those lofty goals – some fans departed. Let’s not get started on the Redskins or the Ravens around here or Maryland Football/Basketball.
At times – things won’t go our way. At times – things will actually go wrong. How will we deal with the tough times? Will we stay strong – win or lose? Will we follow the cause – no matter what happens? Will we run the race and fight the fight? Will we stay the course? Continue reading
The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
We’re preparing for a 49 day Prayer/Fast at First United Methodist Church located in Laurel, MD. From February 7 through March 26 – as we walk through Lent – we will strive to deny self – add to our walk with Christ – and draw near to God!
I would like to start a discussion about our prayer life. I believe that for a person or for a church to be spiritually healthy and mature – we need a solid view of prayer and a solid prayer life. Would you agree?
So – to start the discussion – I want to suggest some questions that might get us going.
What is our view of prayer? What is it for? What is the reason we do it?
Where do we pray? Is it important where we pray?
How often do we pray? Is our frequency important?
What do we expect to get from prayer? Do we have an agenda or a product we are after in prayer?
What is God’s part in prayer? Is God an active participant in prayer?
How essential is prayer to us? As a person and as a church member?
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
I have recently challenged the congregation I serve – First United Methodist Church of Laurel – to a 21-Day Prayer/Fast. Here is the information that was sent them by the office. If you would like to join us – please respond to me and we will welcome you for sure!
Info sent to the congregation this week:
January 5 – January 25 our pastor has called us to a time of prayer and fasting as we seek God’s will for our lives, our families, and our church. The following materials are being recommended for all to read/view during the prayer/fast. Continue reading