Pray Through Pentecost – 05/23/2015

  Fear. Fear drives us to do some crazy things. Fear is a powerful thing. It can keep us from making the right decision. It can keep us trapped in a way of life that is keeping us from seeing all that God designed us for. So many of us keep from stepping out in…

Pray Through Pentecost – 05/22/2015

As I’ve been thinking through what to share with you during this season of waiting we are in, I have realized there is a great deal we can do when we feel like we can’t do anything. So often while we’re waiting we feel powerless, as though we are at the mercy of someone or…

Pray Through Pentecost – 05/21/2015

  When we find ourselves in a season of waiting, there are some things that happen. One of those being, doubt. It can be hard to keep the faith when you’re waiting for something to happen. I have been there several times. Gasp – your pastor has had seasons of doubt?!?!?! Absolutely. We all have….

Pray Through Pentecost – 05/19/2015

  After the two men dressed in white told the disciples to stop standing around, looking into the clouds, the disciples went back to Jerusalem. They went to the upper room and “they all joined together constantly in prayer.” As they were in this waiting period between Jesus’ ascension and the day of pentecost (they…

Pray Through Pentecost – 5/18/2015

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens Eruption. It’s because of this eruption that I am fascinated with volcanoes and earthquakes. And I think the reason is that we lived about 20-25 miles away from it when it blew. I would love to tell you how much I remember about that day….

Pray Through Pentecost – 5/15/2015

  Yesterday (Ascension day) was the last day in the book for this time of prayer we have been going through as a church. However, pentecost isn’t until May 24, so we still have a little over a week of time together in praying together. The hope is, that this will develop a lifestyle of…

Pray Through Pentecost – 2015

  We are in a season of prayer at SixEight Church. We do this every year between Easter and Pentecost Sunday. It’s a good time to pray, because we’ve just gone through the busiest 5-6 month period for the church. So, as we come to the end of that busy time, it’s time to make…

Pray Through Pentecost – Nearing the End

We are nearing the end of our focused, season of prayer as a church. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we can or should stop praying. In fact, I hope it means that we’ve developed more of a lifestyle of prayer and that we’ll continue on as church in praying for God to show us…

SixEight Food Pantry Makes The Front Page of the Columbian

As you know, last year during our season of prayer we call “Pray Through Pentecost” was when God brought us a food pantry. Since that time, the pantry has grown, pretty much every week since then. Now the pantry is helping far more people than they ever had at their previous location. To read more…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 12 #PTP #Alittlemoretoday

Do you remember that series we did last fall? Sun Stand Still? During that series, we talked about the idea of praying Sun Stand Still prayers like Joshua prayed. Do you remember? If not, let me remind you: On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 3 – #PTP #alittlemoretoday

Yesterday, we talked about how our vision as a church is to be a church of disciples making disciple-makers. And that a part of being a disciple is making more disciples. It’s actually woven into the DNA of a disciple. That’s our vision. Disciples making disciple-makers. Today, we are going to spend some time focusing…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 2 – #PTP #alittlemoretoday

Day 2: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am…

Pray Through Pentecost – Round 2

On Sunday, we just started a season of prayer as a church. It’s something we call Pray Through Pentecost. This year, Pentecost is on Sunday, June 8th, so we’re going to spend the next few weeks praying together as a church. This isn’t new to us. It’s also not a new idea in general. After…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 35

We are supposed to do good works No, we can’t earn our salvation, but we are supposed to do good works. And there is a point of doing good works. And it comes from Jesus’ himself: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 34

Beginning Is Easy How many times have you started a project, but quickly realized it was going to take you a lot longer than you were anticipating? All of a sudden, all this energy and excitement for the project vanishes and you find yourself needing something else to be able to keep going. What you…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 33

Around Every Corner… There is an opportunity to fall into temptation. You don’t have to go far to find it. In fact, you may be sitting at your temptation right now. While, I don’t want to get into a comparison game with what things were like then as compared to now, I could imagine there…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 32

God calls us to believe beyond… God doesn’t ask us to do what only He can do. But He does ask us to believe beyond what we are capable of doing and seeing. And sometimes, we need God to help us with our unbelief and give us a greater faith. They called on God for…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 31

It is not a question… …of whether or not we will have trials and troubles. It is a question of how we will respond to them. Trials and troubles and tribulation and a guaranteed part of living in a fallen world. But, we don’t have to be bound by them. We don’t have to be…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 29

Have you ever gone for a run… …only to be sorely disappointed with just how out of shape you are. You get about 30 seconds into your run, and you’re sucking wind like Dog who has just chased a car down the road for a couple of miles. You didn’t even know your tongue was…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 28

It’s easy to lose hope… While there are probably countless benefits to living in the connected society that we find ourselves, it is also not without it’s downsides. One of the biggest being, we also have access to all the bad that is going on in the world. They called on God for a deeper…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 27

Yes, Jesus Loves Me For many of us, that was one of the first church songs we ever learned. I don’t know if it’s because we learned it at a young age, or that it’s never really communicated to us – but I fear that we all take the Love of Christ too lightly. Myself…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 26

If you think wisdom is an Old Testament thing… …you couldn’t be more wrong. The word wisdom appears at least 50 times in the New Testament. Understanding – 18 times. Knowledge – 44 times. Righteousness – 77 times. All these words are part of or the product of wisdom. None of them are independent of…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 25

(In case you’re just joining us for this journey of Pray Through Pentecost, I wanted to remind you that what we’re doing every day here on the blog is going through some of the prayers the early church prayed and praying for the same things. We’re also praying thee times a day the prayers that…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 24

In Every Decision It’s easy to think that our need for discernment only refers to the spiritual decisions we make in our lives. But, what we don’t realize is that every decision affects our spiritual being. That’s why we need to call on God for a mind of discernment. They called on God for a…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 23

We Have No Concept We don’t really understand what it was like back in the days of the early church – on many different levels. For one, it’s hard for us to even imagine what it was like 20 years ago before computers had really taken off. It’s hard for us to imagine not being…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 22

The Source There are so many different churches and denominations and variations of the denominations that it’s pretty much impossible to keep track of them all. And the fact, however sad it may be, is that unity is not generally the first word that comes to mind when you think of them all together. In…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 21

All About We We live in a competitive society. We all want to win. Well, most of us. It’s not a bad thing to be driven. In fact, I would say that – when it comes to the real mission God has for our lives – we could all use some red bull. But, when…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 20

It’s not that there isn’t a harvest… It’s easy for us to think that the reason we don’t see a lot of people coming to Christ is because they just aren’t there to harvest. I know a lot of people who think they’d love to see people come to Christ, but they’re just not out…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 19

The Need for Leaders One thing that arises when the church starts to grow is the need for leaders. Leadership is a very necessary part of God’s design and structure for the church. As we see throughout scripture, God has used many different leaders to accomplish His will throughout many generations. From Abraham to Paul,…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 18

Do you need wisdom? Have you found yourself in a situation in life where you just need wisdom? Where you don’t know what to do, you don’t know which way to turn? Has your boss asked you to do something that might be unethical, but you’re not sure? Or maybe your boss has asked you…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 17

A different way to live Have you ever stopped to think about where the money the disciples used to buy things came from? I guess the reason we don’t really know where they got their money was because it wasn’t all that important. I mean they were walking around with God in the flesh, so…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 16

I’ve got to be honest with you… I have a hard time with this one. I want to hide in my theological corner and cling to the descriptive not prescriptive philosophy of the book of Acts. “This was just what happened then, we’re not supposed to do this now.” And I don’t know. I really…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 15

Have I Mentioned… …that you really should read the book of Acts. These things really happened, yo! If you’ve wondered about what a real move of God looks like, you should devour this book. They called on God for miraculous deliverances. So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 14

This is and interesting one. Unfortunately, it has been abused a lot of times. And because of that abuse, there has been a reaction that has caused it to be avoided entirely. We’ll get into some of that in a bit, but for now, let’s see what it is. They called on God for the…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 13

If you haven’t read through the book of Acts you should, because there’s some crazy stuff that happened during the early days of the church. Especially the story that happened just before the passage we are going to look at today. As we have journeyed through the prayers of the early church we have seen…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 12

We are all in this together. Not just life. We are all in this mission together. That’s why we talked about being a battleship instead of a cruise ship. Not that we view ourselves as being at war with the world, we are not. But on a battleship, everyone on board has a mission, a…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 11

Have you ever been praying and then had something happen that seemed to be a result of your prayer? Have you ever been praying and then the door of your room shut unexpectedly? Or the lights flickered? It makes you think that there are things going on that are greater than ourselves. Can you imagine,…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 10

Yesterday, we talked about praying for God to give us the right word of truth to speak. Today, we talk about praying for boldness in making that proclamation. They called on God for boldness in proclamation. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 9

I’ve heard it said that the word of God, which is represented by the sword in Eph. 6 is the only offensive weapon spoken of in the famous spiritual armor passage. I imagine you could use a shield to defend yourself as well, but it is the only truly offensive weapon. Of course, you also…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 8

If you’re starting to sense a theme in the prayers of the New Testament church, you’re sensing correctly. The more you read the New Testament, the more you’ll realize the whole motivation in Pauls’ life, the life the the apostles and the life of the members of the churches was spread the gospel. They wanted…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 7

Persistence. This verse comes right after Jesus had told the disciples a parable about the “persistent widow.” In this parable, the widow is persistent in asking the unrighteous judge to give her justice against her adversary. And even though the judge isn’t a god-fearing man, he grants the widow her wish because she is persistent….

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 6

For some reason, so many facets of Christianity are afraid of the Holy Spirit. I don’t really understand it. I do in part, but not completely. There have been a lot of abuses of the Holy Spirit that has caused many to be cautious of it. There have been many who have used the Holy…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 5

Today as we continue on in our Pray Through Pentecost series, we continue on in a similar theme as yesterday. While we talked about God’s Kingdom yesterday, we focused on the difference between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of me. Today, we join with the early church in praying that the Gospel will…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 4

Today’s prayer focus is one that we should most certainly resonate with. This is a huge part of our lives as followers of Christ. And as you may have figured out by now, this is a big deal to me. As we join with the early church in today’s prayer focus… They called on God…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 3

As we go through this time of prayer, I also wanted to draw our attention to the various things the New Testament church prayed for. One of the things they prayed for (and there will be several pulled from this) was from the Lord’s Prayer. As a part of their prayers, the exalted God’s name…

Pray Through Pentecost – Day 2

Today is the second day of our Pray Through Pentecost. If you want to know more about what we’re doing, you can view all the posts in this series by clicking here, or you can listen to yesterday’s talk. For today, I just want to get us started off with the framework we will use…

Pray Through Pentecost

We are about to embark on a journey as a church. It’s not a new journey for churches to go on. In fact, this is a journey that started the first church. After Jesus had come back to life, he spent 40 days with the disciples before he ascended to heaven. During this time he…