It’s easy to forget prayer’s purpose. If we’re not careful, we can turn prayer into a genie session where our wish is God’s command, a therapy session where our goal is simply to feel better, or a list of empty phrases on repeat. In the Psalms, prayer’s purpose was to connect with God. Continue reading Pray to Connect
For years I’ve obsessively cracked my knuckles. I hate the habit. I’ve tried everything to stop—from paying my kids a certain amount for each time (which they loved) to popping my wrists with rubber bands to hypnosis via audio recording. Nothing worked. Continue reading A Secret to Forming the Habit of Giving Thanks
Ever since I saw the movie “Aladdin” as a child, I wanted a genie in a bottle. How cool would that be? I could wish for anything—literally anything—and receive all my little heart desired. Continue reading What if You Had a Genie in a Bottle?
Jesse Duplantis, a Louisiana based televangelist, claims God told him to buy a $54 million Dassault Falcon 7X Jet. In his own words, here’s how the conversation with God went: “He said, ‘I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X Jet.’ So I said, ‘Okay!’”¹ Continue reading Does God Tell People to Buy Jets?
Yesterday, Cincinnati city leaders admitted to an emergency response failure in the recent death of Kyle Plush. Pinned by a seat in his minivan while reaching for his tennis gear, the 16-year old called 911 twice but tragically suffocated to death waiting for police to rescue him. Officers couldn’t find him in time since they lacked key information from the 911 calls. Continue reading Why Doesn’t God Always Answer Our Spiritual 911 Calls?