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When Life Is Tough, Use These 4 Ingredients Of Christ-Like Prayer

Gethsemene was one of the darkest moments of Jesus' life. He knew He was about to be betrayed. His closest friends had fallen asleep rather than support Him. He was beginning to anticipate the coming separation from His Father. Gethsemene is also the moment of one of Jesus' most famous prayers. Mark's gospel records it like this (Mark 10:36) “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” What can we learn from Jesus' prayer? I noticed four specific movements in this short verse. I believe we can discover four important truths about prayer from each movement. 1. He addressed God as Father. "Abba" is an intimate word, similar to our English word "Daddy". This is the same way He began the Lord's Prayer. We should take heed. Because God is our Father we can depend on Him to always give us GOOD GIFTS. 2. He acknowledged God's power and sovereignty. By saying "al

Here's a tool guaranteed to make your life better

Psalm 19 is one of the great works of poetry in the Bible. The entire psalm is about how God reveals Himself to us. The first half describes God's revelation of Himself in nature. David uses examples from creation to highlight God's creativity, orderliness, and reliability. The second half lists the benefits of God's written revelation. David was speaking mostly of the Law (Genesis-Deuteronomy), but the principles can also be applied to the entire Bible. Below are 6 ways God's Word can change your life: God's Word can Revive the Soul (get a fresh start) God's Word can Make the Simple Wise (make better decisions) God's Word can Rejoice the Heart (find joy in hard times) God's Word can Enlighten the Eyes (gain a healthier perspective) God's Word can Warn your Servant (avoid bad choices) God's Word can Bring Great Reward (live as God created you to) Psalm 19 is a motivational chapter (it's much better than any mo

4 Leadership Lessons to Learn From King David's Failure

2 Samuel 6 tells the story of David's efforts to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. His first effort failed miserably. He didn't take the time to consult God or God's regulations for transporting the Ark. Instead of having the Ark carried by priests, he placed it on a cart pulled by oxen. In transport, one of the animals stumbled and Ark began sliding off the cart. The man who reached out his hand to steady it was immediately struck dead (no man was allowed to touch the ark). After a time of repentance and mourning, David tried again and did it the right way. The day began with sacrifices and ended with celebration. Wise people learn from the mistakes of others. What can we learn from David's mistakes? As I read this story, Here are 4 LEADERSHIP LESSONS DAVID LEARNED TOO LATE. 1) Listen to God. Check His Word for wisdom. 2) Pay attention to details. Obey in small things. 3) Think of the people you lead before you think of yourself. 4) Take respo