There is no human man on earth whom I admire more than my father, Mike Mitchell. One reason I respect him so much is because when he was involved in full-time ministry, there were many, many times in which he would arrive at the church building very early in the morning, sometimes hours before a Sunday morning worship service would begin, sometimes very early in the morning on a weekday. Once he arrived, he would go into the auditorium and sit in the same pew, in the same spot, that an individual member of the church or a family who attends sits…and he would pray for them. He would sit where they sit, and he would petition God on their behalf. If they were struggling spiritually with sin or doubt, he would pray for them. If they were undergoing a physical or emotional hardship, he would pray for them. If there was in fact nothing bad going on in their life, he would still pray for them. One does not do things like that with regularity as he did without having a deep love for their brothers and sisters in Christ.… Read More Do I Love My Church Family Enough to Pray For Them?
Have we ever stopped to consider about what exactly we pray? Have we ever thought about those for whose benefit we pray? It’s worth considering. After all, we should want the Lord to be pleased with our prayers and answer them positively.… Read More My Thoughts on Prayer
For example, there’s a lot about prayer we can learn from studying the book of Psalms. Most of them are, in effect, prayers put to music. Psalm 141 is no exception. This is a psalm on which I try to model my prayers when trouble comes my way because it teaches me so much about how God wants us to depend upon Him during the difficult times.… Read More What Psalm 141 Teaches Us About Prayer
Topics: vain repetition in prayer, the difference between disciples and apostles, whether it’s sinful to salute or honor national flags, why we refer to God’s Word as the “Bible,” the mark of Cain and the origin of his wife and the other inhabitants of Nod, whether it’s sinful to use church funds to benevolently help… Read More August 2015 Bible Questions & Answers
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1 – Scripture of the Day (March 3, 2014) Believe it or not, this passage comforts me greatly. Here we have Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God himself, being tempted by Satan! And he overcame those… Read More Then Jesus Was…Tempted By The Devil
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 – Scripture of the Day (January 22, 2014) Whenever I read this passage of scripture, I’m reminded of a scene from Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Then Miss Watson she… Read More Whatever You Ask In Prayer, Believe That You Have Received It, And It Will Be Yours…
After miraculously feeding five thousand men and walking on water, Jesus went to Capernaum. When the crowds Jesus had fed discovered he was gone, they followed him and, upon finding him, asked when he had arrived (vs. 22-25). Jesus knew that they wanted only another free meal, and so admonished them, “Do not labor for… Read More My Thoughts On John 6:22-27
We live in uncertain times. I think all of us can agree with that. Words such as “bankruptcy,” “job loss,” “job insecurity,” “personal debt,” and “fiscal cliff” seem to dominate the news lately. Dwelling on all of these things adds a tremendous amount of stress to our lives. As a result, we develop feelings of… Read More The Peace Which Prayer Brings
As a father, I think a lot about the command given to fathers in Ephesians 6:4. This is a command that God did not give to mothers, although mothers also are to bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Prov. 31:26-28, 30). The command in Ephesians 6:4 is given to… Read More What Makes A Good Leader?