How to Escape Prayer Meeting with Only Minor Injuries

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You can’t decide whether or not to attend the prayer group tonight. That’s because you already know they’re going to do contemplative prayer (mantra meditation)… or that they plan to hold pens and try to force God to write them a message. You’ve already attempted to explain that these are occult methods, but they’re not listening. If they’re all primed…

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“In Ragweed’s Name I Pray”

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In September 2019, there was a report of people at Union Theological Seminary praying to plants. They acknowledged (and confessed to) the plants as “the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor.” Some critics felt that these people had lost their minds. In my view, that would be preferable to what they actually lost:…

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Can Christians Do “Good” Contemplative Prayer?

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The people who claim that contemplative prayer is not of Eastern/occult association and those who gladly affirm its occult roots reference and recommend the same list of experts. The top experts classify contemplative prayer as unmediated, exclusive, wordless, and dangerous. This handout connects the dots for Christians who have questions about this practice. Get it here.  

“What Are You Gonna Do About This, Lord?”

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When in a threatening circumstance, you might consider doing a King Hezekiah thing. Remember when Assyrian King Sennacherib threatened Jerusalem? The phenomenal account is in 2 Chronicles 32:1-23 and Isaiah chapters 36, 37. Read all that to get the full effect. But the part I’m zeroing in on is Isaiah 37:14ff. King Hezekiah takes Sennacherib’s threatening letter to the Lord’s…

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Come on In!

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Hebrews 10:19-22 says, “Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of…

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