Today's Word for Pastors...

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. - Philippians 4:6

Today's Preaching Insight...

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

I believe Jesus has something to teach us about prayer. The first thing Jesus has to tell us is that our goal in prayer is not to feel good but to do good. Doing good is the goal of Jesus. We need to understand that we have this turned around. Shallow Jabez pray-ers become spiritual couch potatoes, summoning God to run their errands while the world moves on toward hell. If you understand the prayers of Jesus, Jesus brings us in, gives us strength in season and out of season to do His work and His will. The only thing the disciples ever asked Jesus to teach them was to pray, "Lord, teach us to pray." I wonder why they did that.

To read the full article: "Jesus and Prayer: Programming the God Machine?" by William L. Self, click here.

Today's Extra...

Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

In northern New Jersey, police picked up three suspected burglars who were believed to have left a crime scene with only $2 in change. How did the police find them? They left behind keys to their car. Police believe the suspects only got away with the money in a piggy bank.

How did the keys give them away? The police used the keys to set off a car alarm. The car had the registration in the glove compartment. 

If the men turn out to be judged guilty, they will be living examples of the biblical principle, "Be sure your sins will find you out."

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