Audacious Praying

Listen, my dear friends, when you perceive silence on God’s end during prayers, you mustn’t interpret it as dismissal and thus give up. Based on this passage, I would suggest that God’s perceived silence is actually an invitation to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking. … More Audacious Praying

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Identity Theft

“If we’re not set free from sin until we die, then Jesus isn’t our savior—death is.” —Georgian Banov Georgian’s quote above is one I like to revisit from time to time, as it puts life in perspective for me. I invite you to pause and reread his sentence slowly. Let the words marinate in your … More Identity Theft

Fall in Love with Jesus in Front of Others: Leading Worship

Hey, all! Something has been burning in my heart recently regarding leading worship. I have said over and over again in my writings and to various teams that the role of a worship leader is less about leading songs and more about leading people. Any talented musician can perform a nice song—and that’s well and … More Fall in Love with Jesus in Front of Others: Leading Worship

Quiet & Confident

Hey, friends! Psalm 57:7 in The Passion Translation rings, “My heart, O God, is quiet and confident. Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises!” Other translations render the psalmist’s heart as “steadfast,” “fixed,” “prepared,” “ready,” and “faithful.” The original Hebrew word here is kûn, a word signaling that something is set in place, ready … More Quiet & Confident

Hatred

I’m sure that most reading this would quickly say, “Oh, not I.” The idea of hating a person is foreign to the believer, and rightly so, for it is a disastrous poison. But I’d argue that no one often accepts full-grown hatred; instead, he accepts the subtle seeds of hatred. These seeds can be planted unknowingly, little by little, in the form of small cynicism or subtle bitterness or unhealed brokenness. And these ugly symptoms, if left untreated, will give birth to—yes—hatred. … More Hatred