Why Pray?

Posted in Christian Living, The Bible Says..., Thinking Theologically on September 28th, 2014 by (771 views)

Prayer is the heartbeat of the Christian faith.  We need it in order for our faith to grow, to flourish, and over the long haul, we need it for our faith to survive.  Christian prayer – that is prayer to the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit – is how […]

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Beyond giving up chocolate – Some paths to Spiritual Growth during Lent

Posted in Christian Living, Church Life on March 3rd, 2014 by (940 views)
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Unlike many of the members of my church congregation, I did grow up observing Lent, since that is part of the Presbyterian tradition where I was raised in the faith.  At my church, around this time of year, we talked about what we could “give up” for Lent.   One year when I was a […]

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When God is Deaf

Posted in Sermon Snippets, The Bible Says... on May 11th, 2010 by (1,161 views)
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A preview to this Sunday’s sermon on Psalm 13 Recently, Pastor James lamented in a blog the fact that he and the band made a few people deaf one Sunday. This week, I am being reminded of the time when I lamented the silence of God in my life; it seemed that God was deaf […]

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Waiting for God?

Posted in Christian Living on May 10th, 2010 by (1,123 views)
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“Most of us use, ‘I’m waiting for God to reveal His calling on my life,’ as a means of avoiding action. Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday? Or to go on your last vacation? Or exercise this morning? Probably not, but you still did it.” -Francis Chan […]

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Praying Without Words . . .

Posted in Christian Living on June 20th, 2009 by (973 views)
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It has been a full year since I (James) began as a pastor at SPCC, and I’ve spent some time reflecting on that year. One thing that struck me is that I had come from a church that emphasized listening for God to speak and believing that God still spoke through what they called prophecy, […]

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