If I Really Want to Follow Jesus, Do I Have to Go Off to a Solitary Place to Pray?

If I Really Want to Follow Jesus, Do I Have to Go Off to a Solitary Place to Pray?

July 27, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In the devotions of the last couple of days, we considered the question, “If I really want to follow Jesus, do I have to get up early to pray?” I believe that the biblical answer to this question is “No,” though I would never discourage anyone from the excellent discipline of getting up early to pray. Yet, those who insist that all Christians must get up before the sun to pray are wandering into legalism that doesn’t fit with the example or message of Jesus.

If I Really Want to Follow Jesus, Do I Have to Get Up Early to Pray? Part 2

If I Really Want to Follow Jesus, Do I Have to Get Up Early to Pray? Part 2

July 26, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s devotion, we considered the question, “If I really want to follow Jesus, do I have to get up early to pray?” I suggested that the answer to this question is “No,” though the practice of early morning prayer is an excellent one to develop. But, those who insist that all Christians must get up before the sun to pray are pressing the example of Jesus in Mark 1:35 too hard. Some of us are wired to give God our best in prayer at other times during the day.

Planting New Paradigms

Planting New Paradigms

July 24, 2016By Deidra Riggs

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5   My paternal grandfather was an agricultural extension agent in rural Virginia, long before I was born. In his role, my grandfather traveled around from farm to farm, teaching … Read More

The Gift of Confrontation

The Gift of Confrontation

July 23, 2016By Deidra Riggs

Confrontation is a sticking point for many people. Upon reaching an impasse with someone in our family, our workplace, our neighborhood, our church, we’d much rather avoid than confront. It feels easier to sweep the event under the rug or to press it down inside of us. At face value, this seems like the less painful option.

More often than not, however, the thing just won’t let us go. Each time we see that person or think of them, the impasse rises up to meet us. Thank God He has given us clear instructions for moments such as these.

Are You Thirsty for God?

Are You Thirsty for God?

July 22, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Have you ever been thirsty? I mean really thirsty. I’m not thinking about ordinary thirst, the kind you can quench with a quick drink of water. Rather, I have in mind an aching, desperate thirst. Have you experienced anything like this?

The Best Reason Why You Should Pray

The Best Reason Why You Should Pray

July 21, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Most Christians I know struggle with prayer. Oh, to be sure, among my friends are those who faithfully pray each day. Some even spend an hour or more in intercession for others. But these folk are the exceptions to the rule. The rule, it seems to me, is that we don’t find it easy to pray.

The Urgency of the Kingdom of God

The Urgency of the Kingdom of God

July 20, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

The NIV translation of Mark 1:23 begins with the phrase “Just then.” This phrase translates the Greek adverb euthus. If you were to look up euthus in a Greek-English lexicon, you’d find meanings such as “immediately” and “suddenly.” “Just then” doesn’t quite get the sense of the original, I’m afraid. It misses the feeling of urgency, the feeling that things are moving at a quick and exciting pace.