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Let me introduce you to my friend, Micha. Micha (pronounced "MY-cah") Boyett is a blogger, writer, and sometimes poet. She shares her story of rediscovering the simplicity of prayer in her recently released memoir Found: A Story Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer. Boyett and her husband live in San Francisco with their two boys. Follow Micha on Facebook and Twitter.

Over the course of the next 6 weeks, I've invited friends to share their words in this space as we explore the mysteries of prayer during the Summer Bible Study.

Prayer is an invitation to lift our souls to the God-Already-Here. by Micha Boyett

As a girl, I learned to thrive in my church culture. I was sweet, a hard worker, the sort of second grader the grown-ups asked to pray out loud. I was the kid who racked up the most gold stars on the class chart.

I knew the rules for pleasing God.

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Free 40-Day New Testament Reading Guide to Refresh to Your Daily Routine

Are you ready to experience some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year?

During the 40 days leading up to Easter, over 50,000 people from around the world joined the #LentChallenge—a fast and furious adventure through the entire New Testament.

Even if you didn’t participate during the #LentChallenge, you can still read the New Testament in 40 days, too. We’ve created a free PDF download reading guide  for the New Testament that can be used throughout the entire year.

And if you did join us for the #LentChallenge, we have something special for you, too. After slews of requests, we created a PDF reading guide to read the entire Old Testament in 40 days. Continue Reading...

The ONE Way to Improve Your Teaching and Writing

Sometimes referred to as the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon was famed for preaching at his church in London to crowds of more than six thousand people. With more than twenty-five hundred of his sermons published, this famous preacher has more books in print than any other pastor in history.

In one account from Spurgeon’s life, a young pastor approached the famed preacher and asked if he’d listen to him teach and provide feedback of his presentation.

Spurgeon agreed.

The young pastor preached a passionate sermon. He waited in excited expectation for Spurgeon’s response.

Spurgeon observed that while the sermon was well-delivered and well-prepared, it was poor.

The young pastor pressed Spurgeon to know why. Continue Reading...

5 Wild Facts about the Early Church

Like a rollercoaster, our #LentChallenge has led us up a steep climb the past three weeks. Clicking us to the top, we’re about to take a whirlwind, spiraling adventure through the remaining books of the New Testament—all of which have one thing in common: the early church.

Beginning with Acts and winding through the epistles, we are about to catch a snapshot of church history, witness the power of the Holy Spirit, and fall even more in love with God along the way.

Are you in?

I hope so.

Even if you’ve fallen a wee-bit behind, that’s okay! Keep reading. You’ve got this.

Here are 5 wild facts about the early church that you should read before you buckle your seatbelt: Continue Reading...

Bet You Didn’t Know These 5 Facts about John’s Gospel

A couple of years ago, I fell in love with John’s poetic and captivating writing style. I poured over his gospel in preparation for the 6 session DVD Bible study, Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John.

You know,

If you want theology, read Paul.

If you want ethics, read James.

But if you want love, read John. [Tweet this]

Before we begin, here are 5 things you should know about John’s Gospel: Continue Reading...