(This is an ongoing series about prayer in Whole Life Worship) One of the most profound prayers in the Bible is found in Mark 9. A father watches helplessly as his son is being tormented by demonic powers. Jesus’ disciples cannot cast it out. Jesus comes onto the scene, having just been transfigured in glory … Continue reading Lord, I Believe. Help My Unbelief!
One of my spiritual friends shared with me his desire to glorify God by controlling his eating habits. We had been praying that God would help him to do this. My friend shared later that week he had not been able to eat very much because he had some gastro-intestinal problems. We looked at each … Continue reading Uncomfortable Answers to Prayer
(This is part of an ongoing series about prayer in Whole Life Worship) I love to pray. And fortunately for me, prayer is essential for Whole Life Worship, as the concept is predicated on the foundation of being in a relationship with God. One cannot be in a relationship with God without prayer. To me, … Continue reading The Jesus Prayer
Some of you astute and devout readers (wow, thank you!) have noticed that I’ve re-blogged a couple of entries in the last week. These were blogs from the beginning days of wholelifeworship.com. I realize that I probably should have said something about it. I’m kind of new at this blogging thing, so I appreciate your … Continue reading To Re-blog or Not to Re-blog? That is the question
Over the years we have seen a number of reality TV shows that demonstrate outward change: “Extreme Makeover”, “Ugly Duckling”, “Loser” to name a few. On these shows, we see a radical change in people and places: a house gets remodeled, a face gets rearranged, a body loses excess poundage. But have you noticed that … Continue reading Worship and Transformation
I love that song “Heart of Worship.” It really speaks to the crucial issue of what worship is all about. In this day and age of “consumer oriented music” our churches have been caught up with consumer oriented worship. Matt Redman’s song is a reminder that worship is: All about Jesus, not about us; and … Continue reading More Than a Song; But How Much More?
On Wednesday morning, I prepared myself for the “Unexpected Opportunity” of having dinner with President Park, the first female President of South Korea. I had no idea what to expect; whether I would actually get to meet her or just be in the same room with her, whether anything would be said in English or … Continue reading An Unexpected Opportunity – part two
How do you feel about your prayer life? Do you sense that you are in a rut – that every prayer seems to begin with “Lord, bless this” or “Lord, bless that”? Are your prayers becoming a spiritual grocery list – asking for things for yourself or for others? Do you notice that your prayers … Continue reading Growing Up in Prayer
I remember a day when the winds cleared away the smog and clouds from the sky. As I looked to the mountains, my breath was literally taken away. Although I have looked at these mountains many times, I never really saw what now was obvious to me: the clear definitions of the canyons, ridges, and … Continue reading The Attitude of Wonderment
Rene Descartes, one of the most brilliant mathematicians who ever lived, coined the phrase, “I think; therefore, I am.” While many have used this phrase in a way to glorify human preeminence, Descartes’ statement involves a key Biblical principle for transformation: that our minds are central to “becoming”. How we think, how we process reality, … Continue reading Mind Over Matters