Getting Away for a Prayer Retreat

Marty at Outside Preaching EventI have been looking forward to January 13th.

Tomorrow I am getting away for a long over-due time of prayer and reflection and a bit of planning. The day will be warm. The place I have booked looks inviting and offers lots of locations to walk and pray and I am turning my phone off.

Pray for me.

I need your prayers. Pray that God would refresh my heart, guide my thoughts, and purify my motives. But most of all, pray that I would draw near to Him.

“Our prayers often resemble the mischievous tricks of town children, who knock at their neighbor’s houses and then run away; we often knock at Heaven’s door and then run off into the spirit of the world; instead of waiting for entrance and answer, we act as if we were afraid of having our prayers answered.” 

–anonymous quote

Pray that I wait patiently on the Lord for “entrance and answer.”

Great Thoughts on Heaven

From J.C. Ryle

J.C.-Ryle_1-256x300“The man who is about to sail for Australia or New Zealand as a settler is naturally anxious to know something about his future home, its climate, its employments, its inhabitants, its ways, its customs. All these are subjects of deep interest to him. You are leaving the land of your nativity, you are going to spend the rest of your life in a new hemisphere. It would be strange indeed if you did not desire information about your new abode. Now surely, if we hope to dwell for ever in that ‘better country, even a heavenly one,’ we ought to . . . try to become acquainted with it.”

A voice of wisdom from another time.

Questions:

  • What are you learning about your next and eternal home?
  • If heaven’s joys are enhanced by seeking “His kingdom and His righteousness” now (Matthew 6:33), how are you preparing for the best that eternity has to offer?

An Open Letter to My Cranky Ana-Baptist and Reformed Young Friends

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I hope the picture gets your attention but I hope even more that this brief article helps our church and your church get off the criticism of other churches band wagon. Critiquing others isn’t going to change the world. Living passionately for and like Jesus will.

It’s Empty Headed to Think that Criticism Rather Living Like Jesus is Going to Change the World There is a vicious new sport in our culture that is destroying spiritual passion among many of …

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Choosing “Us” Over “Me and My”

“WE” need this because we are driven by the individual passions of this age. And my fear is that we don’t even have antenna for understanding what we are missing and failing to comprehend about what it means to be “in Christ.”

We are called to a communal NOT an individual life.

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GUARDING ONENESS

“Draining the cesspool of self-centeredness” is the key to a happy and growing marriage. Here’s a great post from one of my former seminary classmates. Curt is a godly man who has known his share of suffering. Wise words here.

Curt Heffelfinger

How to Deal with the Killer of Unity in Any Relationship

My mentor and friend surprised me the other day. I asked if he could recommend a go-to resource on marriage. I figured he would point to any number of more recent publications by major evangelical authors. Not so.

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He suggested Larry Crabb’s 1991 publication Men & Women: Enjoying the Difference (Zondervan). It just so happens I have a copy in my library. I read it years ago. Never hurts to take another look, so I pulled it off the shelf and began reading again.

It took only twenty-eight pages before these words hammered me:

We will not move very far in our efforts to develop good marriages until we understand that repairing a damaged sense of identity and healing the wound in our hearts is not the first order of business. It is rather dealing with the subtle, pervasive…

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Necessary, Normal and Natural–NOT!

Going to do some training at Manchester Creek Community Church on the 29th of January 4:00-5:30 PM on this concept. Helping our people understand these issues is how we will begin to penetrate our neighborhoods with the gospel.

Indisputable 21st Century Facts: Relationships in our neighborhoods with our neighbors are characterized by three things, They are not natural They are not normal They are not necessary The …

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