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Should Christians pray before mealtimes?

This weekend at Riverview, I made a little comment that ignited a wee bit of controversy I was talking about traditions and customs that many Christians add to their faith and inadvertently elevate to the level of Scripture without critically examining why they do it.  One such custom is praying before mealtime.  I noted that many Christians are mortified when ...

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Book Review of Gospel by JD Greear

I finally got around to reading Gospel by JD Greear and I love almost everything about it. In fact my almost is so picky I hesitate to mention it.  But I must. And I suppose I should get the almost out of the way because I don't want it to get in the way of the rest of this fantastic book. The entire book has at its core a simple daily prayer that the author ...

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Tuesday Rewind: Men and Prayer

On some Tuesdays, I go back into the archives and dig up something that still relates today. Today, I bring back some thoughts on why men don't pray. (YouTube Link)

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Tuesday Rewind: An Open Letter to Pastors

On some Tuesdays, I go back into the archives and dig up something that still relates today. For the next 5 weeks, I am going to repost the Top 5 Posts from 2011.  Today's post is #1 and it comes from February 21, 2011.  I am so glad this was the most popular post on my blog last year, because it was by far my favorite and the one I felt most passionate about ...

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Tuesday Rewind: Easter Psalms

Each Tuesday, I fire up the Flux Capacitor and bring an old blog post back from the past.  Today, I'm doing something a bit different.  I am posting two old teachings that relate to last weekend's teaching at Riv. "Psalm 69: A Psalm of Cursing" "Psalm 22: A Psalm of Redemption"

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What To Pray For

The list of problems to pray for always seems longer than the hours of the day, and grows faster than they are resolved. How do you decide what (and how much) to pray for? It's hard for me to imagine praying consistently and repeatedly for every problem that crosses my radar, and I suspect your potential prayer list is significantly longer. (1 prayer request per ...

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Impressive Results

Someone at Riv recently sent me a bunch of questions about prayer because of some comments I had made on the subject.  His questions were really good, so I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s blog posts to his questions. So if prayer is so active, why is so much written and said on unanswered prayer (or how to pray so that your prayers are answered)? Or put ...

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An Open Letter To Pastors

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am blogging about stuff I can't get to during the weekend services.  Today, I am posting an open letter to my brothers who pastor in Jesus' church around the world.  This is going to be a longer post than normal but I feel like I have to address something and it's going to take more than a few words to ...

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Prayer

Each week at Riv, we get a lot of prayer requests. Some come in from people at the weekend services and some come in from our website. A group of elders and other leaders gather to pray through the requests each week but we wanted to open it up for more people to pray. A few months ago, we offered to email the requests to anyone who wanted to pray and it's ...

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Prayer

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am going to take some time to blog about some interesting stuff I wasn’t able to get to during the weekend services. This passage was particularly convicting for me during my studies: First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, ...

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