Praying Through the Month of Ramadan

May 16th – June 14th

 

For Christians, Ramadan is an opportunity for concentrated prayer on behalf of our Muslim neighbors. Seek God on behalf of the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.

 

To help you pray, there are some verses and prayer prompts for each day of Ramadan. Click HERE to begin.

Click HERE for another, more detailed prayer option that focuses on a different people/culture each day.

Larry

About That Holy War…

As we run into the topic of divine war or “holy war” in the book of Joshua,  here are 2 articles that I have found very helpful concerning the morality of God’s actions in waging war against the people of the land of Canaan.  This is a topic often raised by skeptics of our faith.  Hopefully these resources can help you help your friends with their concerns and questions:

No More Mr. Nice God? The Destruction of Jericho

This past Sunday (4/8/18), I (Carson) mentioned that I would post a couple of articles that deal with the difficult moral issues surrounding the Canaanite conquest.
First, here’s a link to a relatively brief article found in the Apologetics Study Bible by Mark Durie.
Second, if you are more into video-watching instead of article-reading, the Bible project video has a few helpful points regarding the destruction of Jericho. (And an article to boot in case you accidentally find yourself reading!)
And lastly, here’s a few thoughts of my own that might be helpful to you as we consider why God would have ordered the destruction of an entire group of people.

Forsaken And Cursed For Us…

On Sunday (3/11/18) we explored the significance of Jesus’ cry in Matt. 27, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  If you would like to read more about the forsakenness/cursedness of Jesus on our behalf on the cross, this link to a sermon by R.C. Sproul is a powerful and weighty exploration of those themes.
You can read it here:
Or you can watch it here:

Short Scripture Prayers

Over the years I have complied a list of short Scripture Prayers that are useful in my own praying.  You can easily write the ones you would like to use onto a 3X5 and carry them with you or you can pull them up on your phone or even commit them to memory!  They are good stimulus to praying God’s good and perfect will for our friends and family and for our own souls.

Enjoy!

Short Prayers for Meditation

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Vll:  the Last Words of Jesus

This is the title to our new series on Sunday mornings at NW. During the season of Lent (which began this past Wednesday), we will be reflecting together on the last sayings of Jesus while on the cross.  They are, as you would imagine, words that reveal to us the very heart of Jesus for us that we are then to share with others.

I’ve linked a short devotional on the seven last words of Jesus written by the folks at Breakpoint.org.  I hope it will help you ready yourself for worship each Sunday as we consider together…”that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3.117-19)

In addition, we have a boatload of resources available to you and your family to use during lent.  You can access them here.

If you are looking for a daily Lenten devotional to use personally, here is one I am using: