The Fast We Choose

Isaiah 58:1-9a As we get closer and closer to Lent, I’m going to be putting more of my conversations around prayer into what I hope is a more practical application. Two weeks ago, I touched on this: the very act of lighting a candle can become a form of prayer. There are going to be […]

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Prayer of the Humble Walk

Micah 6:1-8 One of the questions that I received when I started down this path of exploring prayer in more depth was “What is the power of prayer?” It came with the question about the purpose of prayer, which I touched on a few weeks ago, yet the purpose and power of prayer are really […]

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A Candle Prayer

Isaiah 9:1-4; Matthew 4:12-23 Lately my son Ian has become very concerned about lights. He will tell you if a light is on or off, although distinguishing between the word “on” or “off” is a matter of context because it sounds the same. When arriving at my parent’s house for supper, he goes through the […]

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Waiting on God

Psalm 40:1-11; John 1:29-42 Last week I began the conversation about prayer, or more specifically how we aren’t really comfortable with it. We live in a professional culture where we pay other people to do other tasks for us. In many respects, when it comes to things like installing a furnace, creating a will, or […]

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The Gift of Prayer

With a brief reference to Matthew 2:1-20 I remember a handful of weeks after I started at my very first pastoral charge. I had been called as the “Second Minister” to St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Cornwall, Ontario and had only just arrived in the middle of March 1997. It took over two weeks for […]

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