The Bible’s instructions on prayer sometimes seem at odds, so it can feel confusing whether God gives us whatever we request or whether there are provisos on this promise.
“If you need healing,” wrote Gloria Copeland on her husband’s website, “you can’t sit back and wait for God to drop it down on you. You have to do what it takes so you can rise up in faith and take what rightfully belongs to you!
Clearly, the church needs accountability and restoration for people struggling with imbedded sin, but just as clearly, some approaches do more harm than good.
Mars Hill Church in Seattle became notorious in 2014 when its senior pastor was forced to step down from leadership. One of the more infamous aspects of church life there was the often abusive atmosphere in their ‘redemption groups.’
When our lives are completely upended and we are faced with impossible circumstances, how do we find the faith we are told we must have in order to move mountains?
In the book Joy in the Sorrow, Guy Delcambre described one of the most shattering days of his life as “a day like any other: ordinary, just as I had come to expect. For me life was easy, predictable, and measured. Whatever difficulty I did encounter, I could handle. I was in control.”
Discovering the gifts that our heavenly Father has given us are only half the battle; the other part is learning how to use them fully. Are we ready for that?
Dr. Roger Barrier, retired senior pastor of Casas Church in Tucson, shared a story of an experience that his wife, Julie, had on a missions trip in Brazil.