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Ed Underwood (@edunderwood) on the Dangerous Prayer That Saved His Life

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In his book, When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances, Ed Underwood notes that many of our prayers amount to reports. We spend a lot of time telling God information He already knows. We rattle off our theology about God in prayer. We describe circumstances to God. But according to Ed Underwood, we need to stop giving God our reports and start giving Him our requests. Rather than timidly dancing around the subject with God, be bold and ask for what you need for yourself or others. Follow along as Ed Underwood explains this to a student grappling with the concept. Book Excerpt Karen objected to one specific line in the lecture: Stop offering information to the Lord, and start telling Him what you want … before it’s too late. “I just feel it’s wrong to make Christians think that somehow they could miss something by not asking for it. I pray...

Shauna Niequist (@sniequist) on Learning to Swim in the Surrender of Faith

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I wanted Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life (because I loved the cover), but Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way was the one on sale so I picked it up instead. I’m glad I did because my life is going through a bittersweet phase right now. I had never read (or heard of) Shauna Niequist but if I had any doubts about her or her book, they disappeared when I opened to the first essay and discovered to my delight she used my favorite metaphor for faith. Faith is like floating on water. Unfortunately, I tend to flail around like a drowning person. But if you relax and trust the water to hold you, you will float effortlessly. Here’s an excerpt from “Learning to Swim.” Book Excerpt I learned about waves when I was little, swimming in Lake Michigan in navy blue water under a clear sky, and the most...

Gregory L. Jantz (@GregoryJantzPHD) Speaks to Those Who Have Been Wounded by Hope

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We’ve all experienced a hope that was unfulfilled. Waiting is never easy. Hope begins to wane as we realize our hopes will not be realized. But for some people, unrealized hopes have become a wound and a prison that keeps them from hoping in God. The worst kind of pain comes from being afraid to hope in God because He seems to have disappointed us in the past. Dr. Gregory L. Jantz wants to speak to those who have been wounded by hope and feel they can no longer trust God. His book, Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now, deals with our excessities—the things, even necessities like food, that we turn to in excess (excess + necessities = excessities) to help us cope with the various voids in our lives. One of these voids people can try to fill is the loss of hope. If that’s you, check out the message Dr. Jantz has for you. Book Excerpt Prisoners of Hope I...

A Quest for More by Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp)

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A Quest for More Living for Something Bigger Than You Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp) 2007 217 pages Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback and ePub editions. I read the Kindle edition.   There really is no place for Christ in many people’s Christianity. Their faith is not actually in Christ; it is in Christianity and their own ability to live it out. –Paul David Tripp, A Quest for More, quote from Chapter Eight: In the Center of It All.   Never before have I encountered a book that stripped me of everything I believed without making me feel naked and forced me to see myself for who I am trying to be so I could better see the image of who God wants me to be. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You kept me awake at nights thinking about what I had read and how it applies to my life. It was like God...

A Bicycle: How God Provides for Us through Fellow Believers

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Losing Faith I’m going through a phase where I’m teetering on the brink of losing faith. In one sense I’m losing faith in God, but not how you might think. I believe God wants to provide for me. I believe God nudges others to help me. But people in our culture have become so self-absorbed, they don’t respond to promptings from God to sacrifice something to help someone. I guess I’ve lost faith that God has the power to overcome the selfishness of so-called Christians to move them in a way that would answer my prayers. Nik Ripkin Tells a Story of God’s Provision through Fellow Believers With this in mind, I purchased the book, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected. The author, Nik Ripkin (a pseudonym), had spent years working as a missionary and relief worker in Africa. After leaving war-torn Somalia in the 1990s, he was overwhelmed and devastated, wondering if God...