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Top Posts I Read The Week Of May 12th

So, over the past couple of weeks my heart has been struck by the need to study more on prayer. As Christians and leaders, we tend to be willing to do almost anything for God except pray. I cannot tell you the last time I talked to someone and they were overflowing with great things to say about their daily prayer time. After many conversations I do not think this is because we do not love God. We simply do not know how to pray or what prayer actually does. Therefore, this week’s top read posts is going to be all about some great prayer blog’s I have read this week.

The following are The Top Posts I Read The Week Of April 20th:

1. 50 Great Prayer Blogs
2. Three Keys to a Better Prayer Life
3. 6 Tips for a Better Prayer Life
4. The All-Time 10 Best Tips on Prayer for Beginners That I Have Ever Heard
5. What’s the Secret to a Great Prayer Life?
6. 8 Ways to Pray
7. How to Pray Better in Public and in Private, Too (Tim Keller)
8. A Better Way to Pray
9. 12 Secrets to praying more effectively
10. wikiHow to Pray Effectively (Christianity)
11. How to Pray Effectively (Rick Warren)
12. Tim Keller’s 5 Steps for Effective Prayer
13. How to Develop a Dynamic Prayer Life
14. 10 Tips to Help Your Prayer Life

Here’s the question for the day. What is one tip you would give someone to help their prayer life take a step forward?

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Keep Your Guard Up

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

One of the best decisions you can make is how much of secular culture you are going to allow in your life. There isn’t anything wrong with enjoying life, however not everything that is fun is good for you. Be on your guard. Watch out for subtle signs of your guard is dropping and do not give you enemy any space to attack you.  

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Follow Me and I Will Make You

Matthew 4: 18-20 ESV– “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
These verses give me so much hope about God and His movement in our lives. These are some of my takeaways>>>
1. Jesus knows right where you are.
-This was not a casual stroll for Jesus. He knew right where He was headed. Same in your life.
2. God has a plan for your life.
-He has something He wants to do in you.
3. You are right where you need to be for God to use you. 
-The Bible is full of people that God didn’t bring them out of situations in order to use them:
-Moses- raised in Pharaoh’s house to lead a nation to freedom
-Easter- right place to bring freedom to the nation
-Joseph- the devil meant for evil God meant for Good.
-God can use you you right where you are at, doing exactly what you are doing for His glory.
4. You’re a working progress.
-We are not yet made into everything that we will be.
-Don’t get discouraged because you have not arrived you.
-You are a work in progress.
5. Jesus tells us exactly what to do in order to be taught by Jesus, “Follow Him.”
     -Make His Word part of your life.
     -Spend Time with Him- The First Fifteen
     -Give yourself away
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
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Three of My Favorite Study Bibles

What is a Study Bible? A Study Bible is a Bible with extra notes to explain what you just read. Many of them go even further than that. They will have maps to show you the region it was written, character studies of famous Biblical people, currency conversion charts, and so much more.

If you are serious about getting deeper in your walk with God, you need a Study Bible in your life. Here are three I highly recommend:

The Life Application Study Bible

Why I like it: This was the first type of Study Bible I ever used. I still have wonderful memories reading through the pages of my Study Bible and learning so much from the commentaries. It is still one of my go to Bibles for devotional reading. (along with the others on this list.)

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Publishers Notes: Today’s best-selling study Bible―the Life Application Study Bible―has been updated and expanded. Over 300 new Life Application notes, nearly 350 note revisions, 16 new personality profiles, updated charts, and a Christian Worker’s Resource make today’s number one selling study Bible even better.

FEATURES: Over 300 new Life Application notes and significant revisions to nearly 350 others
16 new Personality Profiles
Most charts revised to clarify meaning and importance, plus eight all-new charts
New information on the intertestamental period
Christian Worker’s Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader’s ministry effectiveness, includes: How to Become a Believer, How to Follow Up with a New Believer, Mining the Treasures of the Life Application Study Bible, So You’ve Been Asked to Speak, and Taking the Step to Application

The New Spirit Filled Life Bible

Why I like it: Dr Jack Hayford and many others use the margins of this Bible to teach us how to apply God’s Word in the context of New Testament theology.

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Publishers Notes: Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed leaders to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. This outstanding resource offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. This Bible addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship.

Features include: Kingdom Dynamics – 41 themes throughout the Scripture that give us values as we advance the gospel throughout the world
Word Wealth – More than 550 key terms defined and brought to life pulling the language from the original Greek and Hebrew to everyday English
Truth-In-Action – Practical charts pulling out practical application from every book of the Bible
Detailed book introductions
Verse-by-verse study notes

Maxwell Leadership Bible

Why I like it: John Maxwell was a pastor for years before becoming the Leadership Guru we all know him for today. He actually said the reason he resigned being a pastor was because he noticed that the business world was a wasteland when it come to faith. He endeavored to change that. What I love the most about him is he writes his leadership books with ideas straight from the Bible and the business experts call him a genius. He always says, “It was there for over 2,000 years. I just put in a way they would read.” This Bible will give you great leadership principles to go along with your reading.

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Publishers Notes: “John Maxwell is a nationally respected expert in leadership. This Bible provides an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership. Now, you can get The Maxwell Leadership Bible in the best-selling New International Version. Plus, this 2nd edition includes new updates.

In this Bible, Dr. Maxwell explains what a godly leader is and how God is glorified when you accept the role you’re called to. It includes great articles and insights that will become an invaluable part of your leadership library. You’ll find 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader with lessons about Biblical characters who exemplified each. Over 100 biographical profiles feature stories that share God’s truth about leadership.

John C. Maxwell, a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker, has been called America’s #1 leadership authority. To date, he has sold 25 million books. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations ¬– The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP — have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries.

This edition includes new empowering, inspiring tools to equip you to be an even better leader: Complete NIV Bible text and translators’ notes • Book introductions • Articles describing the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader • Notes throughout the Bible that connect with the Laws and Qualities • Indexes to the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader

The Maxwell Leadership Bible offers principles of leadership that will greatly impact the way you guide others. Order your copy today.

This Bible offers supplemental information on the following topics: Leadership Laws, Servanthood, Teachability, Vision, Control, Convictions, Correction, Credibility, Criticism, Decision Making, Delegation, Discipline, Encouragement, Equipping, Ethics, Planning, Power, Practicality, Pride, Priorities, Purpose, Responsibility, Restoration, Spirituality, Standards, Stewardship, Submission, Teamwork, Tolerance, Trust, Values, Wisdom”

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Why is This Happening to Me #todaysdevotion

“But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the LORD about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked. And the LORD told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.””‭‭Genesis‬ ‭25:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Rebecca had an issue and asked God, “Why is this happening to me?” God’s answer shares with us three things. 

1. There’s always a reason. Many times we can feel like everything is falling apart and for no reason. Never let that evil imagination lie to you. There’s always a reason. God doesn’t waste anything. 

2. You may not like the answer. The problem with asking direct questions is sometimes you get direct answers. Realize that God loves you like a loving Father. However, like a loving Father He doesn’t always give us what we want but always what we need. The better question isn’t why but will we trust God even when we do not understand. 

3. God’s purpose is greater than the moment. The answer she received possibly left her more confused than when she started. We know the rest of the story but she didn’t. This Word from God may not have made sense in the moment. That’s a great lesson for us. Many times we go through seasons and situations and wonder why God doesn’t take us out in a moment. We are left asking, “Why are you taking so long?” “Why do you seem distant?” “Why did this happen?” We must remember God doesn’t waste a single hurt in our lives and there is always a purpose in our pain. 

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Life is bigger than right now

Text: Genesis 5

I love the way the Message translation begins with…

This is the family tree of the human race. -Genesis‬ ‭5:1 MSG‬‬

It can be easy to get so busy, keeping your head down and slowly living your day that you can forget about the grand scope of life.

Life is so much bigger than work deadlines, soccer practice, date nights, losing the next 5 pounds, the next movie release, etc. There’s nothing wrong with this pursuits but of we get so focused on the little details we forget that life is bigger. We are part of the human race. We are the prized creation of God. We are loved by Him and NOW is NOT all there is. There’s more to your life than your daily to do list.

Action: Today, don’t ‘miss the forest for the trees. Realize your life is bigger than your daily to do list.

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