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Christian Living Prayer

Pull Boldly!

When I saw this witty little sign on the main doors of our school library, I immediately thought, “Now THAT’S biblical!”

The first scripture that came to mind was Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”- (NIV) A man whom many call the “Prince of Preachers” has a wonderful illustration for this verse.

Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly. Others give but an occasional pluck at the rope. But he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.

Charles Spurgeon

Frankly, I’ve said many prayers that had all the firmness of a limp noodle. The disciples apparently had some moments like these with Jesus. Near the end of His earthly life, He says. almost chiding them, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” —John 16:24 (NIV)

However, there have been other times when the Holy Spirit moved me to pray boldly. As I recall, each of these powerful requests was answered, “Yes.” The book of James reminds us that the prophet Elijah was a regular human, just like us. And when he prayed earnestly, things happened—MAJOR things. “The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect.” — James 5:16 (GNT)

Kind reader, I will cease my ramblings with a closing question: Is there something you need to ask of Jesus?

Pull Boldly!

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Christian Living

The Best Job Ever

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We called a plumber last week to come check on our ailing water heater. And, as is often the case, a young apprentice came with him. While the boss was on the phone–finding a part–the two of us got a chance to talk.

He told me that he had been in the army, but was honorably discharged after fracturing his hip in a training exercise. I asked him if he missed the military. He said, “Yes. The Army is actually the best job ever. You get told what to do. You get told how and when to do it. They even tell you what to wear!” My first thought was, “Wow, it’s the same way with the Lord!”

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

1 John 5:3

Later that evening, I combed through my Bible, looking for the job description of a follower of Christ–also known as, the”best job ever!”

God tells us what to do

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”–Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

He tells you how and when to do it.

“The Lord gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.”–Habakkuk 2:2-3 (GNT)

He even tells you what to wear.

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”– Colossians 3:12 (NIV)


When I was doing my undergrad, I had non-christian classmates ask me, “So, you just follow your God like a robot?” “No,” I replied, “I’m more like a Ford Model T that’s maintained by Henry Ford himself. It’s always best to stick with the guy who designed you.”

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


For a post about the best boss ever, please read: “God Believes in You.”

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Christian Blog worship

Strike Up the Band!

My best friend in college went to a large high school who had a major cross-town rival. Each fall, the annual football game between the two schools was an epic event.

Game day at my friend’s alma mater was a sight to behold! The whole school shut down after lunch to hold a huge pep rally for the game. After a boisterous cheer fest in the gymnasium, all 1000+ students lined the hallways in anticipation.

“What’s going on?” I asked my friend. “Just wait,” he said. Sure enough, in a few minutes I heard the 85-member marching band coming down the main hallway blasting the school fight song. Everyone was chanting and cheering and shouting at the top of their lungs!

Yet amid such pandemonium, I heard God’s still small voice. As the band came into view, the Holy Spirit whispered, “I wish someone would do this for me.” And like the prophet Isaiah, I heard myself saying, “Here I am, Lord. I’ll do it!” (Isaiah 6:8)

At the time, I was the 19-year-old music minister at the little Baptist church where I grew up. It was a wonderful, loving congregation. But most of our worship services started at 11 o’clock sharp and ended at 12 o’clock dull.

I had no idea how to translate the atmosphere at the school into a church environment. We didn’t have a band. The only shouting was when one of the deacons called out an occasional, “AMEN!”

Over time I realized you don’t need to recreate the ambience of a raucous school pep rally to honor God. You just have to want to. True worship is a “pedal to the metal” reality—whatever form it takes. God seeks authentic, heartfelt praise. THAT’s what He wanted me to know.

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds!” – Psalm 66:1-3 (NIV)

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” – Psalm 34:3 (NKJV)

Strike up the band!


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