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Worship Bombs: KYRIE ELEISON by Chris Tomlin

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When people who speak different languages start socializing with each other on a regular basis, it doesn’t take long before they start merging their languages.  Each fellow steals some words and phrases from the other fellow’s language and he starts teaching those new phrases to his pals.  The English language is a fabulous example of this.  If you buy an English dictionary,  you’ll find that it contains many words that aren’t English at all, but English speakers have adopted them with such enthusiasm, that they now consider them part of normal English.  Take sauerkraut, for example.  There’s nothing English about that word, it’s totally German.  If English speakers wanted to keep their language pure, they could redefine what sauerkraut is in English terms.  But if you go into an American food market, you won’t find cans labeled as containing “pickled shreds of cabbage.”  Even though that’s what sauerkraut means in English, the Germans make it sound so much tastier by the way they say it, so English speaking Americans have stolen the term.   Read more of this post

Sicking Jesus on the Devil: The Christian Addiction to Bossing God

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You’ve got a beefy guard dog who you want to teach to attack anyone who irritates you.  First you need to choose a special phrase that is going to be your attack command—perhaps an old standard like “sic ‘em!”  Then you need to spend many hours teaching your dog to associate certain behaviors with that special command.  It’s a lot of work training animals to behave the way that you want them to behave in certain moments.  How convenient it would be if your dog came pre-trained.  Imagine if the first day you met him, he said to you, “Hey, if you ever want me to attack someone for you, just say sic ‘em, and I’ll take them down.”  How sweet would that be? Read more of this post

Treating God Like God: Simple Steps to Improving the Way that We Pray

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Intercessory prayer has never been a respectful way to speak to God and it has never been effective in changing the way God that works with other people or demons.  We only think it has because humans are obsessed with the notion that they can find a way to lead their Creator instead of following Him.

Here’s a critical point to realize: you will not find good instruction on prayer in the Bible.  What you’ll find instead is a bunch of examples of how to pray wrong.  This is because the folks who do most of the praying in the Bible were not mature enough to model treating God with the proper respect.  The ancient Jews were obsessed with “the power of the spoken word,” verbal cursing and blessing, name claiming, and other such nonsense.  They had no use for reverential submission and they spent most of their history embracing defiant soul attitudes.  Today in the Church, you’re being taught to imitate folks who were acting like sorcerer wannabes and treating God with gross disrespect.  If you want to improve your treatment of God, you need to abandon the idea of imitating the ancient Jews. Read more of this post

Asking & Aligning: The Two Stages of Prayer

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God has created human beings with a need to repeat themselves. When we feel very strongly about something, we start saying the same things over and over again, often with very little changes to our wording. When learning new principles, we need our instructors to repeat their instructions to us. When we’re down, we need repetitive encouragement. When we’re insecure, we need repetitive assurances. A relationship in which both partners only verbalize “I love you” one time isn’t going to last long. Children who never hear “good job” more than once from their parents become frustrated and despaired. Read more of this post

Improving Our Prayer Language: The Only Ask Once Rule

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Think about the way you’ve been praying lately. If we played a recording of everything you’ve said to God over the last two weeks, would we hear you asking Him for the same things over and over again? Are there certain requests that you keep repeating? It doesn’t matter where you get your requests from. You could be offering requests to God on behalf of other Christians that you know. You could be on the prayer committee at your church. You could be asking God to grow you in certain areas or help you with certain fears. The source and subject of your requests—these are both important things. But in this post, we’re going to focus on this habit you have of repeating requests to God, because that is something which is very detrimental to your faith. Read more of this post

In Jesus’ Name, Amen: How does God feel about the traditional Christian sign-off?

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Growing closer to God involves a lot of critical thinking—a lot of stopping to ask, “Why am I doing this? What do I believe this will accomplish?” As a Christian, you have certain habits and routines that you don’t think twice about it. You picked up a lot of them in the religious culture of your church, and since you got them from church, you figure they’re good things. This is an erroneous assumption. Many of the habits and traditions you see Christians doing today are driven by some very wrong beliefs about God. When wrong beliefs go unchallenged and uncorrected, they become barriers to growth. It’s not your job to fix other people, but you can certainly put your own self under some healthy scrutiny and ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify wrong beliefs that need to be changed. Read more of this post

Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues

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Have you ever spoken in tongues? If not, you could be one of many Christians who fear they might not really be saved because they’ve never heard strange utterances coming out of their mouths. With quite a bit of help from leaders in the Church, Satan has turned tongues into some kind of litmus test that we can use to identify the truly spiritual among us. In this post, we’ll learn about what the gift of tongues is, how God uses it today, and why you have nothing to worry about if you never speak a strange word in your life. Read more of this post