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This Sunday – Nov 15

I try to pray for my kids and their families daily, sometimes twice, first thing in the morning, and when I go to bed.  And, I will pray for them during the day as needs might occur to me. I’m often too mindful of how little I prayed for them and with them when they lived with us – except those ‘Help me, God,’ prayers that are essential when you are a parent.

In the morning I find myself a bit more attentive to God about how to best pray for them.  Sometimes I will say a general prayer of blessing, but often something occurs to me about each of them that results in a custom prayer.

But, many times a theme emerges, a theme about their experience with the love of God.  I imagine them enjoying a great sense of God’s love, and that shapes my prayer.  As I pray that, I become aware of what might be obstacles to them experiencing God’s love and I pray for those things.

 “Lord, ______ is swamped with enormous responsibilities right now.  Break into their crowded day and surprise them with your love.”


I think that a campaign is developing in my life about experiencing God’s love.

This Sunday, at the Gathering Church we will look at one of the most famous passages since the Reformation, Ephesians 2:1-10, the saved-by-grace-not-by-works passage.  Although, we will not be looking so much at the mechanics of a restored relationship with God, but, rather, the motivation of God described in the passage.

 My new mantra:  We want to love well because we have been well loved.


  1. I am thrilled that this is your new mantra.  Your sermon last Sunday was one of the most powerful I've ever heard.  My soul has been fed all week by this lesson, and I can't wait to hear more.

  2. I was really moved by the teaching this past Sunday.  You did a wonderful making that passage of scripture real and applicable to life.  Thank you for speaking what God felt we needed to hear!