Prayer Note #32 — A Prayer for a Day of Fasting for Guidance

A Prayer for a Day of Fasting O Lord, you are my Lord. To you I say and an unconditional "Yes." To myself and the world and the devil, I say an unwavering "No." Grant me ears to hear you today. Grant me discernment beyond mere human wisdom. Grant me utter submission to your kingship … Continue reading Prayer Note #32 — A Prayer for a Day of Fasting for Guidance

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Prayer Note #31 — For the Day’s Living and Working

My Lord, I want to devote everything I do today to your service to the advance of your kingdom.  I don't want merely to go through the motions, to get to the end of the day having checked off everything on my "to do" list but having done it in my sleep with no thought … Continue reading Prayer Note #31 — For the Day’s Living and Working

Prayer Note #30 — On Depression

[from my prayer journal, January 9, 2009] I'm very tired this morning, Lord.  I have been for most of the week.  I've been back to swimming for exercise after a bit of a lay-off.  So, I suppose the physical tiredness that I feel is partly to do with that.  But, Lord, my tiredness seems to … Continue reading Prayer Note #30 — On Depression

Bible Note #10 — 1 John 1:5-10 — Light & Darkness, Truth & Deception

1 John 1:5-10 "Light" and "darkness" are paralleled by "truth" and "lying or deception" in this passage.  The truth as a concept here is multi-layered  It is in some places the truth about God.  In other places it is truth about ourselves. Ironically, we ourselves are often both the deceived and the deceiver at the … Continue reading Bible Note #10 — 1 John 1:5-10 — Light & Darkness, Truth & Deception

Sermon #9 — “I’m Afraid: Expecting Too Little” — Matthew 8:18-27

This sermon is a follow-up to "Sermon #8."  In it, I explore some of the things that cause us to expect too little from God and so live with aching, paralyzing fears, which we could let go of in Christ.  Click here to see the text of Matthew 8:18-27.  Also, in the course of the … Continue reading Sermon #9 — “I’m Afraid: Expecting Too Little” — Matthew 8:18-27

Pastor Note #32 — “Forgive Me!”

Forgive Me!   Forgiving is not one of the easier parts of the Christian faith.  In fact, it’s something that I myself struggle with from time to time.             I know, I know.  You’re saying, “Not you!  Surely not you!  You are such a nice guy, such a nice, easy-tempered guy.  I simply can’t believe … Continue reading Pastor Note #32 — “Forgive Me!”

Prayer Note #29 — “Thanks You, Heavenly Father” — a Communion Hymn

Thank You, Heavenly Father Gary A. Chorpenning   Thank you, Heav’nly Father, for this meal, broken body of your Son our Lord. Thank you, Holy God, for wine poured out, blood of Jesus spilled for our foul sins. Refrain: Life out of death, hope from despair, sacrificial cross to throne of grace, Bread of his … Continue reading Prayer Note #29 — “Thanks You, Heavenly Father” — a Communion Hymn

Sermon #8 — “I’m Afraid: Fear, Faith, Fulness” — Matthew 8:23-27

With this sermon I begin what I intend to be a three-part series dealing with fear and Jesus' frequent statement "Don't be afraid."  In this sermon, I talk about Jesus' act of stilling the storm on the Sea of Galilee.  During the worship service in which I preached this sermon, we read Psalm 27 responsively.  … Continue reading Sermon #8 — “I’m Afraid: Fear, Faith, Fulness” — Matthew 8:23-27