Censored prayers make God vomit. That’s my description of censored prayers. If you take that description, then this follows: God is vomiting all the time. Why? Because Christians can’t seem to stop praying these censored prayers to Him and so He has to vomit them.
God hates censored prayers because:
1. They are not real. It’s that simple. God hates counterfeits of any kind. Do you wonder why Jesus was constantly denouncing the Pharisees? That’s the reason. They weren’t real. They always wore masks to hide their real self and Jesus couldn’t stand that. So, He exposed them. He could see what was behind their masks and it wasn’t pretty. When we wear masks in our prayers and pretend to be holier than we really are – or prayer simply out of ritual or duty, God will vomit those prayers. Worse still, if we pray to impress God or others using high and lofty words while our hearts are unengaged, we only incite God’s hatred and the results are always regrettable. Continue reading →
I am writing to respond to a blog post entitled, The Pastoral Ministry of Shaking Hands, written by Pastor H. B. Charles Jr. which was recently shared on Tim Challies blog. I reluctantly read it with caution because it touches on a topic that I have been wrestling with issue for a number of years. Reading the blog post confirmed my deep seated convictions on what Pastor Charles Jr. calls “The pastoral ministry of shaking hands.” I simply do not agree with his rationale for this mainly because I believe that the practice that he is advocating is mainly cultural not biblical. This “pastoral ministry of shaking hands” is mainly a creation of the American culture than it is of the Apostles in the New Testament church. The practice is very foreign among many Christians outside of North America (although some are now copying it simply because it’s coming from America and thus it must be right). For this reason (mainly), I do not think that it should be expected of every pastor. In all fairness, the Bible does not necessarily condemn the practice (although I believe good biblical grounds may be found against it). But it is also fair to say that the Bible does not sanction or prescribe it for pastors and congregations for that matter and we shouldn’t either. Continue reading →
Our hunger for God will not be confined to our closets. As we know him and delight in all that he is for us in Jesus, our joy in him reaches beyond personal experience on a quest to be reproduced in others. One of the simplest ways we realize this is by taking serious how we pray — by wanting and asking for others the same things we want and ask for ourselves.
The people who make a difference are those who are different. The non-conformist type, you know! Those whom everyone hates and loves at the same time. They thrive best when swimming against the stream NOT when they are simply going with the flow. Do you know anyone like that? Continue reading →
Spiritual Leadership is not won by promotion, but by prayers and tears.
It is attained by much heart-searching and humbling before God; by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold uncompromising, and uncomplaining embracing of the cross, and by an eternal, unfaltering looking unto Jesus crucified.
This is a great price, but it must be unflinchingly paid by him who would be a real spiritual leader of men, a leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth and in hell.
I came across this very interesting true story written by Helen Roseveare who was a missionary to Africa for many years. I hope that you will enjoy it and be blessed:
One night, in Central Africa, I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all that we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying, two-year-old daughter.
We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive. We had no incubator. We had no electricity to run an incubator, and no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. Continue reading →
Tim Challies on his blog recently wrote about this very topic. As a young and inexperienced pastor, I couldn’t agree more. I often remind the congregation that the Lord has entrusted to me of this very thing. And I am thankful that they do this often.
The Apostle Paul often asked the mission churches that he worked with to pray for him. See the following examples: Continue reading →