We waved the palms.

We shouted “hosanna.”

Yet the headlines shout to us, alerting us to a reality too common.
Breaking news of terror.
Destructive bombs.
Innocent life lost.
Confusion and chaos; heroes; and fear-filled waiting.
Once again.
We pause. We pray. We wait.

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A Luke 3 Invitation to Pray

John Killinger reminds us of the good intentions we have to pray: 

Killinger ran into a friend at a local bookstore.  She had a huge pile of books in her arms. 

He said, “What in the world are you doing? What are you reading?”

She said, “These books are about prayer.  All my life I’ve heard about the importance of prayer, so I finally decided to learn how to pray.  I bought 14 books on the subject.  And I’m signed up for prayer group at my church. I’m really going to learn to pray!” Read more

From my experience as a pastor and a person, I have to admit that I want nothing more than to pray.  True, real, intimate prayer.  There are few things I want more than prayer. Yet I also have to admit that nothing is more difficult for me than prayer.  Read more

“Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life” Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

Paul’s teaching “Don’t fret or worry” seems unrealistic.  Who among us has gone even one day without worrying about something?  Some weeks it feels like we are bombarded with bad news.

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“God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 O God, with the light of your unconditional love and presence take me as I am, reconcile me to yourself, and transform me into the person you would have me be.  Convince me of your grace, […]

“Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been […]