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Empty Me

Father God,

Empty me. Pour out all of my selfish ambition and pride. Make me an empty vessel so that I may be filled with You and Your Spirit.
Tear me down and break me if necessary so that I can be built to Your likeness, to Your satisfaction.

Unblind my eyes so that I can see the world the way You see it. Make me aware of the dying and the suffering in the world so that my compassion for the lost will increase.

Father place in me the strength to say “Whatever it takes, Your will be done.”

You are God – from everlasting to everlasting.

I will pursue You until the heavens melt away and beyond.

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(Warning: This blog contains graphic content and may not be suitable for lukewarm Christians.) (more…)

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My cousin and friend, Mark Ellis, wrote an excellent article on his dislike for the denominations in the church: http://calcareviam.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/dirty-sandals/

Jesus prayed for Unity
John 17:20-23
“I’m not praying only for them. I’m also praying for those who will believe in me through their message. I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me. I did this so that they are united in the same way we are. I am in them, and you are in me. So they are completely united. In this way the world knows that you have sent me and that you have loved them in the same way you have loved me.  (more…)

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Evangelism is not confronting “Sinners” and telling them to repent. It’s not coercing someone to recite a prayer so they’ll escape the fires of hell. It’s not even thumping someone over the head with a King James Bible and exorcising their demons.
Evangelism is teaching people about the great news, that Jesus Christ has died (as a worthy sacrifice in the eyes of God) and rose again (as proof that His claims are true) so that all who come to Him – be they hungry, thirsty or weary – will not suffer condemnation and will receive pardon from their sins and eternal life in His glory. (more…)

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In my post A Narrow Path – https://deepcave.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/a-narrow-path/ – I laid a Biblical groundwork for what a true Christ followers faith looks like. Faith is only vibrant and authentic when our lives and actions match what it is we claim to believe. Faith is only real when our words and deeds resemble that which we claim to believe in – otherwise our faith is dead. (more…)

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In Francis Chan’s book  – Crazy Love – Pg. 133  Chan writes:

“Haven’t we all prayed the following prayer? Lord we pray for safety as we travel. We ask that no one gets hurt on this trip. Please keep everyone safe until we return, and bring us back safely, in Jesus’ name we pray, amen. The exact wording may vary a bit, but that is the standard prayer we recite before leaving on mission trips, retreats, vacations and business trips. We are consumed with safety. Obsessed with it actually….We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is, whatever would bring God the most glory, or whatever would accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the world. Would you be willing to pray this prayer? God, bring me closer to You during this trip, whatever it takes…” (more…)

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Quiet Mind

Sometimes the most intimate moments of prayer we have with our creator are the moments we just quiet our minds and listen.

Don’t babble, don’t talk, don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t speak. Just listen to the silence.

Sometimes the most powerful moments of prayer come when we listen to the Spirit breath and remember He is the great I AM from everlasting to everlasting.

 

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