Book Review: Prayer Points

This is a very nice book as far as its aesthetic value is concerned. I like very much the compact size and the faux leather appearance. The cover is also imprinted with a verse of Scripture (Psalm 145:18) and some trees along the spine. The copy I received also contains a small dust cover which… Continue reading Book Review: Prayer Points

Jesus, the Psalms, the Cross, Lenten Reflection #8

I wish I could do this for a living–blogging or writing or spending all my time thinking about Scripture and helping others discover kernels of delight and morsels of joy. There's so much to take in on every page and it sincerely makes me happy to share it with others. My Psalm reading is still… Continue reading Jesus, the Psalms, the Cross, Lenten Reflection #8

How Long?, Lenten Reflection #7

Here I am in the midst of the Lenten season. I have been reading my Bible, trying to pray, avoiding social media, and really working hard to get myself into a routine that is conducive to good faith practice–that is, I've been working real hard to root our sin and draw closer to Jesus. It… Continue reading How Long?, Lenten Reflection #7

Reading the Psalms as a Man, Lenten Reflection #6

Along with other reading I am doing in the Bible, for example, just today I finished reading the book we call Isaiah, I am reading the Psalms and the Proverbs. I'm not sure I remember exactly where I picked up on the idea, but when I read the Psalms and the Proverbs I do so… Continue reading Reading the Psalms as a Man, Lenten Reflection #6

Renewing the Mind, Lenten Reflections #4

Another of my theme verses during this Lenten season is Romans 12:1-2. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and please to God–this is true worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing… Continue reading Renewing the Mind, Lenten Reflections #4

Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

In a little book I have called Answering God, author Eugene Peterson writes, "But the first requirement of language is not to make us nice but accurate. Prayer is not particularly 'nice.' There is a recognition in prayer of the fiercer aspects of God…Psalm language is not careful about offending our sensibilities; its genius is… Continue reading Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

Book Review: Aloof

Title: Aloof Author: Tony Kriz Illustrator: Jonathan Case Publisher: Thomas Nelson Year: 2014 Pages: 228 [Disclaimer: I was provided a reader's copy of Aloof through the Thomas Nelson BookLook Blogger program. I was not compensated for my review and I was not asked to write a positive review. My review is only to be fair… Continue reading Book Review: Aloof

500 Words with Luke’s Gospel: Praying

I will be honest: I struggle with prayer. Eugene Peterson wrote in one of his books that's quite OK if we struggle and that when we don't have words the Holy Spirit prays for us. Many people struggle, yet for some reason I find little comfort in that. For some reason this is the one… Continue reading 500 Words with Luke’s Gospel: Praying

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

I have posted new prayer thoughts and homiletical points at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal. Here’s an excerpt: I have studied through Mark in depth five or six times and taught it in various situations at least four or five times. It is my favorite Gospel of the four perhaps because of it’s quick pace, literary… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts is Up

Friends, In this newest post, I continue my series on developing the language of prayer by looking at six very short (one or two line) prayers found in the Old and New Testaments. Prayer, says Eugene Peterson, is one of the best ways to express the rather gritty nature of our humanity. We should think… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts is Up

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts is Up

Friends, I have posted prayer thoughts for this week. The focus here again is Psalm 40 and this is part 2 of the 3 part series I am writing on Psalm 40. I hope you will stop by and be encouraged in the Word. Click the link below and be transported as if by magic… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts is Up

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts is Posted

Friends, Continuing my series of posts at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal, Prayer Thoughts, I offer you my latest post: Prayer Thoughts, Septembr 8, 2008. In this post, I offer prayer thoughts on the following Scriptures: (Adoration) 2 Samuel 7:1-29, (Confession) Joshua 7:1-26, (Thanksgiving) Isaiah 7:1-17, (Supplication) Matthew 7:1-29. Thanks for stopping by. jerry

Prayer Thoughts Update at a Pastor’s Prayer Journal

Friends, Tonight I updated A Pastor’s Prayer Journal with a new entry on my ongoing series of prayer thoughts. In this latest post I share prayer thoughts from the following Scripture: Revelation 18-19 (Adoration), Psalm 38 (Confession), Psalm 95 & 100 (Thanksgiving) and Ephesians 6:10-20 (Supplication). If you are seeking help praying the Scriptures, this… Continue reading Prayer Thoughts Update at a Pastor’s Prayer Journal

New Feature at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal

Friends, I have started to regularly update A Pastor’s Prayer Journal. I am in the process of developing a seminar on prayer. I delivered my first session this past weekend at Family Camp at our local Christian campgrounds. The session was titled: Praying the Scripture. (I will be producing a semi-transcript of the hour long… Continue reading New Feature at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal