Prayer Kept Simple, Praying Like Jesus

My twenty-three-year-old grandson recently asked me, “Hey, Pops, do you pray a long time out loud?” Prayer Kept Simple was birthed by this question. I quickly answered from my perception how I thought I prayed. I have fifty years of experiencing both answers to prayer and wrestling over delays in my walk with Him. Prayer … Read more

Contentious Disputes in the Church

SYNOPSIS: Contentious disputes in the church. If we approach this crucial passage in Romans 14 contentious disputes with the question, “Who’s right?” we have entirely missed Paul’s purpose. Yes, truth is of utmost importance to Paul (Titus 2:1). Eleven chapters of extraordinary truth prepare these crucial words to impact our faith-communities. One side in the … Read more

Relating with Others during Difficult Times

How do we respond during difficult times? Jesus, the most brilliant and practical teacher I know, gave us superb insight on how he asks us to relate to others to help them in difficult times (Matthew 7:1-12). In this passage, Jesus deals with the fourth spiritual virus that infects our faith-communities. If we approach life … Read more

Fear & Faith for Followers of Jesus

In these days when it seems so normal to feel fear and anxiety, let’s not beat ourselves up if we have such feelings. Even when they drive us toward darkness. First, we must own our feelings, authentically acknowledge them. If we don’t, they will not guide us in the midst of this “whatever has happened” … Read more