Category Archives: Prayer and the Early Church

God Answers Prayer

God answers prayer. I have recently been so strengthened to see how God answers prayer, whether in church sanctuaries or hospital rooms. As we pray, God speaks through his Word into the concrete situations of people’s lives to give encouragement … Continue reading

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Praying Together

At Wellspring the past few weeks have not only been marked by increased attendance but also an unusual presence of God’s Spirit.  Why? Are our innovative strategies paying off? Is it the musicality of our worship team? Is it the … Continue reading

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Rising Up Against the Disorder of the World

How do we respond to the brokenness of our world? Theologian Karl Barth says, “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”  This past week I’ve been grieved by the … Continue reading

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We are Praying (Eph 3:14–21). (Wheaton, August 6, 2017; Warrenville, Aug 13 sermon summary)

We want to do good. We really do! Our problem is usually not absence of desire but strength to do the good that we want. We want to love our neighbors, serve others, help the hurting, but we struggle simply … Continue reading

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Passionate Prayer (Luke 22:39–48)

  Sometimes our knees buckle because of the challenges before us. Jesus, though, could stand with confidence before the cross because he knelt in agony at Gethsemane. The victory at Calvary was won in the garden of Gethsemane. If we … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Burden of Leadership

We must not underestimate the burden of leadership. In 2 Cor 1:8–9, Paul says, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt we had received the sentence … Continue reading

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