Faith is a Person.

Many people see faith as a sort of currency we spend with God to get what we want or need from Him. The more of it you have, the bigger things you can buy. Many have blamed themselves for not having enough faith when things didn’t turn out the way they had prayed and hoped they would. In one church, I was told that […]

Why solitude is actually important.

Solitude is often avoided at all costs in contemporary culture, despite its biblical and historical precedent as an integral part of communion with God. The Bible records occasions when Jesus, Himself, withdrew into a solitary place. (See Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42) If Jesus thought it necessary to withdraw from the demands on his time and ministry, how much more important must it be to […]

Why doesn’t God rescue us from pain?

Jesus once said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). What is the truth about how God’s love for us is related to the personal pain we will experience in our lives? There are several strands in the cord of divine truth concerning suffering which offer a lifeline of hope for ongoing intimacy with God in the […]

What happens when you make a mistake?

Intimacy with God is challenging if you believe that you’ve made an irrevocable mistake that has brought His disapproval.  When we’ve made choices that we believe have fouled things up, it’s hard to really believe that God will give us the very best we might have had otherwise.  We sometimes tend to think that even though He will bless us, it won’t be as […]

How Meditation Cultivates A Prayer Life

Prayer was  a discipline, something to do because the Bible says to do it. I felt guilty about it, but I didn’t particularly want to pray much of the time. I wanted to want to pray, but when I prayed it was often an intellectual exercise aimed at producing a positive spiritual outcome. It was classic legalistic prayer — put something into it, just […]

3 Ways to Pray Without Words.

The question must be answered, “Do you really want to experience intimacy with God through prayer or is it simply a wish, a nice thought in theory? I have tried to make clear in various teachings that it isn’t by your own self-discipline that intimacy through prayer grows. However, grace doesn’t mean that we are inactive in matters of spiritual progress either. To the […]