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How Prayer Really Works

Watch the entire devotional series from this past week as Pastor Jon talks about the power of prayer by looking at an experiment that tests prayer.

Friends & Family

Father of grace

A few years ago, I heard a pastor and his son speak at a men’s conference. The son told the story of when he…

Life’s Challenges

SLOPPY!

My light almost went out in first grade. For some reason, I never went to kindergarten. If you read Robert Fulghum’s poem “All I…

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So . . . Does Prayer Work?

Spoiler: The focus is not on the results of prayers.

Who is God?

I want you

“I want you!” Maybe you’ve seen that slogan on a poster with Uncle Sam pointing his finger at you, recruiting you to serve in…

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How Specific Should Prayer Be?

Are we supposed to be specific in our prayers? Well, Pastor Jon says, remember who our God is.

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Wrong Way to Pray?

If it doesn’t seem like our prayers are working, it’s tempting to think we’re doing it wrong and we need to earn God’s attention and favor. Here’s how we can be confident in our prayers, Pastor Jon says.

Prayer

Don’t call me Grandpa

One of my early thrills of grandparenting was choosing a grandparent nickname.  Now, I called my own grandparents Grandpa and Grandma. Titles, really. So…

Life’s Challenges

Counterculture

When you talk to baby boomers about their high school and college days, they may get a dreamy look in their eyes as they…

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The High Stakes of Prayer

We’re very quick to pray when the stakes are high—when it’s our health, our security, and our protection that are on the line. But the stakes are actually much higher than the good results we want.

Life’s Challenges

wRESTle

If I’m honest, the list of things that have caught me by surprise in the past 18 months is pretty extensive. While I tend…

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Apparently Prayer Doesn’t Work?

“Thoughts and prayers.” When there’s an awful tragedy and we offer our thoughts and prayers, the power of prayer sometimes gets called into question. And so what should we actually expect when we pray?