Prepare The Way – Part 1

Each year at about this time, in the days leading to Christmas, we hear these same words. This year, as last year, we are in the midst of wars and rumors of wars.

This year, as last year, we see violence and destruction and oppression. This year, as last year, we can look within and sense uncertainty and fear, and, if we are honest, the absence of peace. Most of us want peace. Not everyone wants peace, but most of us want peace. The dissonance comes because there seems to be so little of it.

Our time could be described in the words of the eighth century prophet, who critiqued those who would go around announcing, “peace, peace, when there is no peace.” Today, will light the candle of peace and we will read the scriptures about peace and we will await the coming of the promised prince of peace. And I find myself returning this year with the same word, the same gift, the same prescription: the peace of the Lord.

Blessings,

Pastor Erik

Dangerous Prayers – Send Me

Believe your big risks will be rewarded. Believe what you ask for is possible. If you’re ready to see a spark in your life, pray boldly. Pray daringly. Pray with fire. And remember God’s listening to your Dangerous Prayers.

This three-week series teaches us to pray bold prayers.

This Week – Send me.
God, I know You want to use me to show Your love in this world. Give me eyes to see needs of others and a heart that dares to get involved where You are working. God, my life is Yours. Whatever You want, wherever You lead—here I am, Lord, send me.

Dangerous Prayers – Break Me

Believe your big risks will be rewarded. Believe what you ask for is possible. If you’re ready to see a spark in your life, pray boldly. Pray daringly. Pray with fire. And remember God’s listening to your Dangerous Prayers.

This three-week series teaches us to pray bold prayers.

This week, part 2 –“Break me”.
God, I know You give grace to the humble. So I ask You, God, to do a deep work in my heart and break me. Break me of my pride. Break me of my selfishness. Break me of anything that keeps me from knowing You. As hard as it is to ask, God, do whatever it takes to break me.