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The Top 4 Prayer Apps for Your Phone--and They're All FREE

Prayer is a spiritual discipline we simply can’t live without.

Through prayer, we express our adoration and affection to God. We make requests or petitions to God. We confess our brokenness to God and ask for forgiveness. We thank God for His presence and work in our life. Through prayer we learn to make our home in Christ no matter what situation we’re facing. [Tweet this]

The 4 Best Prayer Apps for Your Phone

Yet how often do we offer the well-meaning “I’ll pray for you,” and it slips our mind all too quickly. Or carve time to spend in prayer, but dart to daily to-dos.

I recently stumbled across some incredible apps that will encourage and support you in prayer times. I hope you’ll find them helpful. Consider adding them to your daily Advent devotional-- a chance to lift up the requests of others.

Here are the 4 of the Best FREE Prayer Apps: Continue Reading...

What To Do When Giving Thanks Isn’t Easy

Writing to the church in Thessalonica, Paul instructs them to express gratitude at all times.

He writes, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Continue Reading...

From the Desk Of Leif: Will You Pray For Us?

Over the last few months I’ve watched Margaret, face this great adversity courageously and with way more energy than I could believe possible. One of my favorite pet names for my wife is Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) because she’s full of so much energy—bounding with ideas, always ready for the next adventure and that has continued during this time as well.

If only you could see my wife with her boxing gloves on.

The adversity we’ve been facing has stripped her of much of her energy, but I stand in awe that time and time again she keeps getting back up—even after those dirty dog bad days that follow chemo.

I don’t crash Margaret’s blog very often (except for recipes), but I feel compelled to ask you to pray for us today.

Will you join us and #PrayForZero? Will you ask God to completely heal my wife so that zero cancer cells are left in her body? Continue Reading...

When Your Faith Feels Stale

Margaret —  August 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

PIXIE DUSTThe dictionary defines wonder as being filled with “admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel."

In so many ways, those are the fruits of life with God. We are created to live in such a way that our lives are acts of worship where we express our adoration, affection, and appreciation of God at every turn. The presence of God and His work in our world should leave us awestruck.

Now let me be clear: experiencing the wonder of God isn’t about landing a crazy story to tell our friends or experiencing pimply goose bumps. The wonder awakens us to dive even deeper in our relationship with God.

That’s why I offer the following definition: Continue Reading...

5 Secrets On How to Encourage People Join Your Small Group (and Stay Plugged In)

Leading a small group or Bible study can be one of the most rewarding choices you make—pouring into others, fostering community, diving into God’s Word and the opportunity to hone your leadership skills. Small groups are places where people are pastored, encouraged, loved on, and do life together… when people show up.

On occasion, creating and growing a healthy small group or thriving adult ministry can feel challenging. Maybe your group is having a case of the:

Jam-packed-schedule blues.
Lack-of-commitment flu.
No-one-actually-reads-the-material bug.
Or Why-won’t-they-come virus.

You’re not alone.  Many small groups, Bible studies, churches, and ministries wrestle with these issues:

Here are steps to take to encourage people to join your small group (and stay plugged in): [Tweet this] Continue Reading...