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– Rev. Joseph D. Thomas
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Spiritual growth is at the heart of the Christian faith, making it one of our primary reasons for being: to grow and help others grow in God’s love and goodness. There are a myriad of ways to grow in your spiritual life and we would like to help you find the right way for you.
A healthy spiritual life needs an environment that encourages people to pursue faith through asking questions about God, encountering people of compassion who manifest the fruit of the spirit in their lives, and who are taught about submission and obedience to Jesus. In such an environment, such a church, people can practice the three-legged stool disciplines and grow in the grace and mercy of the savior.
We believe that God has given us a mission to lift up those in our community. Please browse to see what our missions around Tucson are doing.
The work of the church should not be limited to the worship service, but our ministry must take place during the week. This is because the 1,000s of people we need to reach, do not come to our worship services. We need to accept that people are not coming to us we need to go to them.
The first step to spending time praying to God every day is to become more aware of your religious beliefs. Many people put so much importance on their religion, that they forget about the basic fundamentals of it. People usually hold on to their religious beliefs for too long and sometimes, they start to believe even more strongly in something that doesn’t make any sense. If you want to be a better person, it’s crucial that you learn to discard old beliefs that don’t make any sense to you. You have to develop new ones that are based on your personal experiences.
Some people feel the need to justify their religious beliefs all the time. They even go to great lengths to defend their religious beliefs when people question them. As humans, we have to learn to ignore other people’s bad manners if we want to get along in society. It is your responsibility to be civil with one another no matter what religion they practice or how strong their religious beliefs are.
Another good way to spend time daily in prayer is to read the Bible. Reading the Bible has a very valuable impact on the mind. When we read the Bible, it helps us remember the sanctity of life. We can also learn to be more compassionate and to love one another. We can spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible, and being more open-minded.
If you want to spend time daily in prayer, then you should start by going to your local library. There are many valuable books in the library that are written by true spiritual teachers. It is your responsibility to purchase these books and read them whenever you have the time. Reading the Bible will help you understand some of the most important events in history.
You can also find other books that are written by people who have experienced life’s experiences. In fact, there are quite a few books that have entire chapters dedicated to praying to God. These books will help you understand the importance of praying to God daily and how to go about it. If you do not have the time to go to a local library, then you can also check out the Internet. There are many websites that offer the opportunity to take a free look at the Bible.
A couple of things that people like about using the Internet is that you can easily find the most relevant websites when you use search engines. The other thing that you will like about using the Internet is that you can spend time daily in prayer by reading through the Bible or other spiritual books. It is your choice to choose which book you would like to read from the Internet. Many people like to start out reading the New Testament. Other people like to read from the Old Testament.
You can also find some websites that allow you to read free Bible verses. It is important that you spend time every day reading the Bible. You will be amazed at how much it will benefit you in more ways than one. As you spend time daily reading the Bible, you will also find that you are more likely to have stronger faith. The Lord knows exactly what your needs are. Therefore, you should be in tune with your needs.
There are quite a number of reasons why you should spend time daily in prayer. If you want to know more about these reasons, then you should spend time researching the Internet. There are many websites that offer information about this topic. Once you spend time daily in prayer, you will realize how wonderful this truly is.
Reading your Bible doesn’t have to be a duty. It can be fun, enjoyable, and incredibly relevant in your daily life. Even for the majority of Christians who do read their Bible on a daily basis, they do so out of a sense of obligation rather than desire.
If this is true, then I think it’s time to consider another option for reading your Bible; how you can take your Bible with you wherever you go. After all, it is infinitely more valuable to go with the flow than it is to plop down your privileges to attend church, sing in the choir, read the approved teachings, or sit in the honored guest speaker’s pulpit and listen to incense-filled sermons.
Reading your Bible should not be limited to “authorized” types. Think about a medical doctor or a military general. Is there anywhere that you would not be scoffed at for choosing to read on a military base or in a medicine factory? Yet, Christianity itself is made of layers and there is no definitive authority figure that designed the layers. Scripture itself is composite of many layers, writings, cities, laws, themes, ethics, and its entirety was shaped by collaboration. But I know of no one that designed “authorized” Bible translations, at least in any of the “new” translations.
Many of the earlier American translations of the Bible were stony and were hardly the most appetizing either. Yet, that was no excuse to toss them aside. They were the most helpful for the people at that time because they were the most intuitive. The new translations were purposed more as a business necessity-to help people speak and understand English. Even Scientific studies have shown that people who read-only “formula” types of addressed Bibles and studies them proved their own weak understanding of the text and viewpoint. And so, I feel the new version should be the most beneficial for the serious Bible student, and not replace the less demanding, but more expensive, hand-annotated versions.
One of my favorite features of the modern daily English translations is that they’ve brought our version of Scripture into the 21st Century. Many, however, argue that the changes from the 1611 English Standard Version to the 1980’s NIV (the works of Jerome, Trenchant, and others) are rises in interpretability terminology and are totally inaccurate. They argue that people have changed in the millennia since. Emboldened by events like, “The Message,” Teaching in the New Testament(Simon and Schuster), ActionScripture (Zondervan), World International Bible congregation, and others, they maintain that its words, not phrases, that are the essence of the Bible and that the changes are merely worded usage and diction.
This is a valid point, which can easily be proven by studying every example of a specific Bible word in its original context. But that said, there’s no substitute for experience and it’s in the word limits that many of us have experienced the most spiritual nourishment found in our daily devotion.
So begin by sitting down to read your Bible. Get off the web and begin the journey that will change your life forever.
Why does prayer not work for us any better than it currently does? It’s certainly not because God has no interest in what we have to say. Think about it. We know He is interested in hearing from us because He is the one who came up with this thing called prayer, and the sole purpose of prayer is for us to communicate with Him. Moreover, we are commanded to pray always (Luke 18:1). So why would God come up with the idea of prayer, command us to pray, and not be interested in our prayers?
Since the above scenario does not jibe with reason, I have concluded that the solution to the problem has to do with us. Furthermore, I believe that two Christians can pray the exact same prayer to the same God and get different results. So now am I saying that God is a respecter of persons? The answer is no; absolutely not (Romans 2:11).
But consider this verse: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16b). That is the rendition from the King James Version (KJV). The New International Version (NIV) records it this way: “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” In this article, I will use the KJV because I want to zero in on a couple of keywords that the KJV makes it easier to refer to. Please note that this verse makes it clear that the type of prayer being referred to “avails much,” meaning it accomplishes a lot.
According to the above-mentioned verse, effective prayer is powered by two forces: a righteous man and effectual fervent prayer. Of course, every one of us who has been born again through faith has been declared righteous. But that does not necessarily mean we walk in righteousness as a way of life. And it is the latter that the verse is referring to. That’s why I said earlier that two Christians can pray the exact same prayer to the same God and get different results. In other words, if one believer is committed to walking in righteousness and the other is not, God’s response to their prayers will be different.
Secondly, the King James Version refers to “effectual fervent” prayer. These two words are rendered from one Greek word which means to be operative, as in to work. A clear implication in this statement is that not all prayer works. So it’s not true that it does not matter how we pray. Sometimes, the way we pray makes it impossible for God to positively respond to our petitions. And so if we can identify and eliminate these hindrances to our prayers being answered, we will move in the direction of operative prayer. Here are a few examples:
Self-serving prayer– “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). Prayer void of faith– “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” (James 1:6-7). Iniquity in our heart–“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).
These are three major hindrances to effective prayer. Any of them can creep into our prayer life very easily. But if we are vigilant to eliminate them, and if we walk in righteousness, the Bible promises that our prayers will avail much.