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Transcend the errors in our thoughts

Praying Hands Christian Stock ImageGreat Redeemer, thank You for Your Living Word that abides within us. We’re sorry when we’re silent about our sins and all the ways that we stray from You. We pray that You would speak truth into our silence and open our ears to hear the whispers of Your Holy Spirit by anchoring us in Your Word.

Open our eyes to the glimpses of our own humanity so that we can understand “that there is not one thing that we can do to make God love us any more, or any thing that we can do to make God love us any less” (Rev. Ed Bacon). All we need to do is seek the One who is always seeking us.

Transcend the errors in our thoughts so that we can “put away all bitterness, wrath, malice and anger… (Show us how to) be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving of one another, as God in Christ has forgiven us” (Ephesians 4:31-32). Yes, we “sin continually. But Christ has died, and forever lives (within us), as our Redeemer, priest, advocate and King” (Martin Luther).

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Let our sins fall down

Tree in front of my friend Jeff's grave at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV.

Tree in front of my friend Jeff’s grave at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV.

Almighty God, thank You for time. Each moment is created because of You. So as the leaves fall down to the ground, let our sins fall and be swept away by the winds of Your Holy Spirit.

We’re sorry for messing up, for acting before thinking, for doing things to others that we would not want done to ourselves.  You know all of our sins but You do not call us by our sin…You call us by our name with the full authority of Love. Love, that knew us before our creation. Love, that still knows us today. And Love that will be with us until the end of time.

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety or possessions – we cannot be free” (Thich Nhat Hang). But because of You, Jesus, we can let go of all these things and be led to new possibilities, new opportunities and to a new life.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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These prayers make a difference

LV Rescue Mission

LV Rescue Mission

Great Provider, “every good and perfect gift comes from You” (James 1:17). We thank You Lord for each moment from our first cry to our final breath.   Bring us to a new way of understanding grace and love. Wrap our minds around, “a new awareness, discovery and consciousness that grace is already living inside of us” (Rev. Ed Bacon) and that in each moment we become a new creation because of Jesus Christ.

Untie the knots in our minds and hearts that keep us from experiencing God’s love in the here and now, because we cannot hold onto anything that once was or never was. We are, however, held by the constant love of God that frees us to let go of all earthly things and allows us to follow the path that leads to salvation and eternal life.

Your sacrifice on the cross and triumph from the grave frees us from the prison of our own false thoughts. “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it” (Max Lucado) then we have faith that these prayers will make a difference.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Use words only when necessary

Memorial of four girls killed in the 16th Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963

Memorial of four girls killed in the 16th Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963

Author of life, reconnect us to the human story by anchoring us in Your truth. The truth, that tells that us that we are all beloved children of the most high God. We have been right, we have been wrong, but we have always belonged to You O Lord.

Thank You for Your forgiveness and mercy. Deconstruct our insatiable need to conform to a world that is not our home. Teach us how to unlearn anything that is not of God. Bring us back to where all humanity is one family in the kingdom of God.

Unite our hearts so that we will love and serve all people living in the margins of life. “We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church” (Unfundamentalists Christians). So let us “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15) using our words only when necessary.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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