This post is a short update with a little house-keeping.
For 35 days in 2011 I had the privilege of evangelizing, teaching, preaching and discipling throughout Eastern Europe. This included Romania, Serbia, Hungary and SOZO Festival/England. It was a very intense and high-impact mission. God really blessed our work.
We’ll be announcing more details on our 2012 Missions Projects soon. I’m very excited about the doors God is opening to more nations including Asia in 2012.
Recently some friends and I had a good conversation about prayer. They felt inhibited to pray publicly out loud. Grew up that way.
Learning to pray in public is a good thing. God invites the conversation, it builds faith and encourages others.
An easy and biblical way to form your prayers is to make a “prayer sandwich.”
I first heard this recipe taught by Bob Webber. (See all of Robert Webber’s Books.) It’s an approach modeled in many of the Psalms (see 103) and other places in scripture such as Jehoshaphat’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 20.
To make a prayer sandwich, Praise, Ask, and Thank.
Some times, it’s so much easier not to bother with church. This was the challenge posed by worship leader Tyler Braun in his thought-provoking post, “My Selfish Church”.
“In reality I could put in my favorite Gungor album and hear a lot better music than most any church in town. I could find a podcast sermon that would probably be a lot better than anything I could hear at my church. What’s the point of making such a sacrifice to attend church?
What follows below are my thoughts from a “call to worship” meditation, re-edited for today’s blog. It begins by answering the question with a question.