I was privileged to see the new faith-based film, The War Room, in a pre-lease showing last night. I encourage everyone to see this film. A little slow at first, it builds in interest and by the end you’re shouting, “Hallelujah.” It’s a powerful call to Christians to enter the “War Room” of our prayer closets to pray for the Church, our nation and the next generation.
As Christians, our true source of power does not rest in our political system or political leaders, nor in our economic power or influence, but in God alone. And our battle plan must come from Him if we are to take back the Church, our nation and the next generation. Continue reading →
Salted caramel mocha coffee drinks, salted caramel biscotti, salted caramel gelato–bring it on! There’s just something about the rich caramel taste seasoned with salt that’s extra special. Without the salt, it’s just sort of a run-of-the-mill drink or dessert. In fact, I’ve been known to drive straight through the Starbucks line without ordering anything when I find out they’re out of the salt!
Webster’s Dictionary defines salt as: a natural white substance that is used especially to flavor or preserve food. In the Bible, Christians are defined as “salt.” In Matthew 5:13, Jesus says; “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” In other words, Christians should have a preserving and flavoring effect in our society. Continue reading →
Living in the 21st century presents some challenges when it comes to prayer. Not that prayer has changed—but our culture and the way we live our lives has. While most Christians say they believe prayer is a very important part of their spiritual life, many struggle with boredom, doubt and discouragement. In addition, many admit to not knowing how and what to pray.
Many believers are hesitant to admit they have trouble with prayer because they secretly believe most other Christians have a more satisfying prayer life than they do. But surprisingly, dissatisfaction with one’s personal prayer life seems to exist across a broad spectrum of Christianity.
In a 2005 poll released in Facts & Trends Magazine, only 16% of Protestant ministers across the country were “very satisfied” with their personal prayer life. Another 47% were “somewhat satisfied;” 30% were “somewhat dissatisfied;” and 7% were “very dissatisfied.”1 Continue reading →