Friday, May 20, 2011

Bible Application for Android. Iphone Has It Too!

I've been using Bible and I think you might like it. Check it out from your Android phone:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Still Here...

Going through a little bit of life right now.  But we are still here. 

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Time to Take a Break

     John Piper (the Pastor of a very large church in Minneapolis, Minnesota), announced in March of this year that he was taking an eight month sabbatical from preaching, speaking, and writing.  The sabbatical began in May and will continue through December 31st, 2010.  You can read his official statement at this link: john pipers upcoming leave .  This includes no book-writing. No sermon preparation. No preaching. No blogging. No Twitter. No articles. No reports. No papers. And no speaking engagements.  Instead, he would use the time to invest in his relationship with his wife and family.  He basically said that he needed the time to do some spiritual soul searching and resting without the pressures of ministry.  This is a pretty big event in the life of his church and his ministry.  It was also the first one that I have ever heard about to this magnitude. 

I don't know a lot about John Piper myself.  I have really only become familiar with him over the past two years.  But I do know that the life of a full time Pastor/arthur/international speaker is a stressful one for them and their family.  Indeed, many times it is the family that suffers the most.  Think about the big names in ministry and social justice.  Both Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr.  spent more than twenty days out of each month traveling and speaking all over the world.  Both of these men left wives and children at home to fend for themselves while they did what they believed God was leading them to do.  This leaves a major strain on a family.  I have also watched local pastors wear themselves out on a daily basis for the sake of their calling.  Even without traveling extensively, most Pastors I know are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.   Some of them even sleep in their offices at the church sometimes because they stay at the office working so late into the night.

And the danger of overworking yourself while neglecting your family doesn't just exist in ministry.  The business world creates the same type of workhorse as well.  The average NFL coach works a twenty hour day!  The average US worker probably works a fifty or sixty hour week as well.  While we are chasing after the brass ring at work, we are allowing the garden of our homes to be overgrown with the weeds of stress and frustration without us being there to tend them.  Again, I have seen these examples in person where one spouse is away on business constantly while the other spouse stays at home taking care of the rest of the family.  If left unchecked, this constant stress will lead to affairs, divorce, or resentment by one or both parties. 

Genesis 2:2 shows us that God rested on the seventh day after the creation.  Luke 5:16  shows us that Jesus took time out to rest and refocus after teaching and healing the people.  If the Father and the Son can find time to rest; then certainly we can as well.  Don't get me wrong, not everyone will like the fact that you take a break.  On many occassions, the disciples and others would get upset with Jesus for not being available when they thought he should be there.  Martha (the sister of Lazarus) told Jesus to His face that her brother would not have died if He would have been there in time.  But Jesus knew the importance of taking time away.  We should use His example in our own lives.  Make sure that you take time out to nurture your garden.  Others may not like it.  But the gardens of your life will be so much healthier as a result.

Peace and Love,

Rev. Mike

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Proper Prayer Acronym (A.C.T.S.)

I was trying to remember this acronym while writing about prayer the other day.  Then I heard it on the radio when I was driving to work this morning... Thanks Chip Ingram!

The proper prayer includes A.C.T.S.

A- for adoration
C- for confession
T-for thanksgiving
S-for supplication

Read this link that I copied off of  I think it says everything properly.  Please note that everything below this line was taken from the site.


One structure for prayer is given by the acronym "ACTS", representing adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication (or intercession.) This is one order, where we start off focusing on who God is, and praising him for that. Others find a CATS pattern helpful, beginning by clearing out of the way the things that sadden God in our lives, before we can go onto praise him. Let's look briefly at each in turn :

Adoration is to adore God, to worship him and to fulfil the commandment to love him with all of our heart, mind and soul. As we spend time in adoration, we praise God for who He is - our Creator, our Sustainer and our Redeemer. (more about praise and adoration.)

Confession allows us to clear away the things in the relationship between you and God which are displeasing to Him. All of us have sinned. St John writes in his epistle "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (I Jn 1:8,9) (more about confession.)

Thanksgiving. From childhood we are brought up to say "Thank You" when someone does something for us, or gives us a gift. Each moment God is blessing us, every minute we can recall the wonderful things that God has done for us, and the gifts that we have been given. And so, we need to be constantly thanking God for his blessings. In writing to Timothy, Paul makes it clear that we also need to be giving thanks for everyday, worldly things " I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." 1 Tim 2:1. (more about thanksgiving.)

Supplication or Intercession. Finally we come to ask God for our needs and the needs of others. There are many demands on our prayer time - many topics and issues that we could pray for, so we need to choose, and to be specific. (more about topics to pray for)

Pray for others. In the epistles of St Paul, we read of him praying for those he has led to faith, and asking them also to pray for him. So, you too can pray for other Christians, and encourage them to pray for you. Pray for your familiy members, and for neighbours and friends. It's also good to pray for those who don't know Jesus to come to faith - many Christians have come to believe in Christ through the prayers of others.

Pray for world issues : for peace in difficult situations, for leaders and those in influential positions, for global issues such as care of God's environment, justice for the poor, relief of suffering in less developed countries, and other issues that come to you.

Pray for your own needs too. It's easy to neglect this, but Jesus encourages us to do so in the Lord's Prayer - the model for prayer that He gave us.

Pointers for Prayer : The ACTS pattern - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication - has been a helpful structure for many Christians. You can either use this pattern in an unstructured prayer time, or you could use a daily pattern for prayer that combines a structure with the freedom to pray by yourself..

Peace and Love,

Rev. Mike

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