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7: Getting to the Son in Prayer

faith Dec 28, 2019

We’re in this prayer coaching series in which we’re asking ourselves questions about our prayer life. We’re trying to understand four areas: our current situation, our ideal future, the obstacles in our way, and a plan to get there.

Some people resist this approach because it sounds too methodical or mechanical to apply to prayer. Prayer is too mystical, relational or organic to turn such questions toward. Prayer “just happens” and you can’t plan it,...

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6: When Good Things Get In Your Way

faith Dec 28, 2019

In a previous post, we asked you to identify the obstacles that are in the way of the prayer life you’ve always dreamed of. This “obstacles” question (what’s in your way?) is important to ask, but only after you’ve examined the state of your current prayer life (how is it now?) and thought about the prayer life you want to have (what do I want it to be?).

This is after all, a coaching series on prayer. You can’t coach without asking vital questions....

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5: What's Getting in Your Way?

faith Dec 28, 2019

The Bible says, “Be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power.” (Eph 6:10)

If something’s worth doing, something else is going to jump in your way. Expect it. It’s rare that anything of value comes without a fight. You might say that salvation and grace come freely, but that’s not true. Do you know what Jesus went through to offer you new life?

Only after overcoming every temptation common to man, only after giving himself up to torture and death, and only after...

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4: The Chief Outcomes of Prayer

faith Dec 28, 2019

If you want to do God’s will, you’ve got to prioritize prayer. There are some things from God you can’t learn by reading them or listening to others; they come by personal experience alone, experiencing God like only you can.

And the way to experience God like only you can is to pray with your own voice.

That’s why Psalm 77:1 says, “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice, and He gave hear unto me.”

Twice the Psalmist says he cried out...

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3: What’s Your “Dream” Prayer Life?

faith Dec 28, 2019

Psalm 84 says, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty.”

So you may have dreams for different parts of your life—your dream marriage, your dream children, your dream friends, your dream job, your dream house, your dream body, your dream bank account, your dream retirement. We could go on.

But let me ask you—have you thought about your "dream" prayer life?

Psalm 84 says, “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD.”

We have many...

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2: This Is the Key to Life

faith Dec 28, 2019

We’re in this series on taking a coach approach to prayer. Last week you answered some questions about your prayer life. This week I’m going to share something personal. Usually a coach doesn’t divulge much about his own life—the coach approach is all about the client.

But the point is worth making, and the story important to tell, in making it.

A few Christmases ago, I visited the hospital with chest pains. I was 36 with a wife and three children at home. The chest...

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1: The "Present" Question About Your Prayer Life

faith Dec 28, 2019

If you want to get more from your prayer life, you’ve got to work on your prayer life. It’s that simple. There’s no magic pill. A way to work on your prayer life is by taking a coach approach to prayer.

Taking a coach approach means you get curious about your prayer life. You begin by asking, “Where am I now?” This is the “present” question. It wonders about your current reality. What is the present state of your prayer life? How are you getting...

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3 Ways to Kick Job Misery

engagement Dec 28, 2019

I’m on a kick to read books on employee engagement. My reading list for the New Year is full of them. As the head of our company’s human resources function, my role is help drive employee engagement. The reason is simple—when employees are engaged, everyone wins.

So how do we drive engagement?

In his book, The Truth About Employee Engagement, Patrick Lencioni shares three causes of “job misery” (what a wonderful, yet terrible term). If you’ve ever been...

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5 Reasons People Don’t Pursue Spiritual Gifts

faith Dec 28, 2019

Although spiritual gifts are one of God’s ways to build a healthy Church, many Christians aren’t operating in them.

  • They don’t know what a spiritual gift is.
  • They don’t know what a spiritual gift is not.
  • They don’t know what their spiritual gift is.

And consequently, the Church isn’t benefiting from their gift nor is the individual experiencing joy from operating in their gift. The Body is dismembered.

But the Bible exhorts us to pursue spiritual gifts...

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7 Things Christians Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who’s Depressed

faith Dec 28, 2019

When I was a senior in college, I struggled with depression.

It started as a deep gray feeling, then widened and darkened into a black abyss. I lived with five of my college friends, but felt all alone. It got so bad I dropped out of school and entered treatment.

The doctors said I had suffered from low grade depression for years. I don’t know if this was true, but it’s what they said. Apparently I had a knack for coping. But this current season of depression, this slick and...

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