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Teach Us to Pray 05: Holy Presence

Teach Us to Pray 05: Holy Presence

We cry out together, as Jesus' followers and family, for God's holiness to make itself known in undeniable ways in our fallen world.

Phil Ware and Andy Johnson remind us how important reverencing God is when we pray.

Teach us to Pray 04: Abba Father

Teach us to Pray 04: Abba Father

How do we combine both reverence and familiarity, respect and intimacy?

Phil Ware and Doug Peters remind us what it means to pray to God as our Abba Father and then give us some pratical ways that we can experience God as Abba in our prayer life.

Teach Us to Pray #3: Together Experience

Teach Us to Pray #3: Together Experience

When Jesus taught on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, he shifted from individual prayer in private to prayer shared with others

Phil Ware reminds us that prayer is a together experience in much of experience and God calls us to share this experience together, then Grady King gives us some added insight and an exercise to help us through the next week.

Teach Us to Pray #2: Prayer School

Teach Us to Pray #2: Prayer School

Growing in prayer, feeling a connection with the Father, and being formed to be a useful vessel for Jesus to use to bless others is a journey.

Phil Ware continues his series on Lord Teach Us to Pray focusing on learning from Jesus.

Teach Us to Pray #1: Devotion

Teach Us to Pray #1: Devotion

When Luke summarized the heart of the early church, he chose to highlight one particular word —

Phil Ware continues his series on prayer this week, focused on the early church's devotion to prayer that they learned from Jesus.

Teach Us to Pray Intro: Don't Just Do Something...

Teach Us to Pray Intro: Don't Just Do Something...

'I wish I had time just to sit around and pray,' my friend said. He walked away in a huff!

Phil Ware begins a series of messages built around the disciples' request to Jesus to teach them to pray with today focusing on our need to pray first.

Jesus Smiled

Jesus Smiled

Our God is the God of surprising opportunities, fresh hope, and new life.

Phil Ware reminds us of John Mark's failure when he deserted the mission field and the mission team and describes how God used this mess and the grace, mercy, and love of godly men to bring great good out of potential disaster.

Three Fires

Three Fires

Jesus doesn't abandon us in our fire failure.

Phil Ware reminds of three fires in the life of the apostle Peter and what they can mean for us.

Skipping Communion?

Skipping Communion?

Jesus didn't pray for unity just so Christians could sit in a happy circle, hold hands, and sing Kum Ba Yah around the campfire at church camp.

Phil Ware reflects on the words of Jesus, the actions of the apostle Paul, and the example of a couple of men in his life, all focused on the theme of reconciliation.

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Affirmation?

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Affirmation?

What I had missed was the human element of this event in Jesus' life. The heavenly Father was affirming his Son!

Phil Ware shares insight into affirmation of God's leaders from the life of Jesus and the ministry of Paul.

Resurrection 2.8: With Christ

Resurrection 2.8: With Christ

Maybe you're like me and have imagined these kinds of things as you've read the story of Jesus.

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on a way we can share with Jesus in his saving work even if we were not present when it happened years ago.

Resurrection 2.7: Let the Clouds Remind You!

Resurrection 2.7: Let the Clouds Remind You!

As followers of Jesus, the clouds hold a message of hope for us, not just a warning.

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on Jesus' return in the clouds which is guaranteed by his resurrection from the dead.

Resurrection 2.6: The Lord of Fresh Starts

Resurrection 2.6: The Lord of Fresh Starts

Wouldn't life be better if we could have a fresh start after making a mess of things?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 focusing on Jesus' loving confrontation of Peter about his arrogance and failure and then restoring him back to ministry.

Resurrection 2.5: Sarcastic Ridicule

Resurrection 2.5: Sarcastic Ridicule

Jesus knew the sting of sarcastic ridicule and unbelief from his family

Phil Ware continues his Resurrection 2.0 series reminding us this week that Jesus' own family did not believe until after his resurrection.

Resurrection 2.3: Unless...!

Resurrection 2.3: Unless...!

If Jesus was truly raised from the dead, then this new reality would call for Thomas to radically re-orient his life

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on Thomas.

Resurrection 2.2: Sometimes, I Doubt!

Resurrection 2.2: Sometimes, I Doubt!

Do doubts mean I don’t believe?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 focusing this week on the doubts of early disciples, and our times of doubting sometimes in our world.

Resurrection 2.1: In the Breaking of the Bread

Resurrection 2.1: In the Breaking of the Bread

What if this song speaks the truth about Jesus' promise to meet us in our world today?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and the vital importance of Jesus' resurrection for our life as his disciples today.

Resurrection 2.0: The Empty Tomb

Resurrection 2.0: The Empty Tomb

They stood there, stunned and perplexed.

Phil Ware begins his series on Jesus' resurrection appearances called Resurrection 2.0

Cruciformed #8: The Land of In-between

Cruciformed #8: The Land of In-between

That unsettling

Phil Ware finishes up his series on CRUCIFORMED and the way of the cross that Jesus shows us in the Gospel of Mark.

Cruciformed #7: He Knew

Cruciformed #7: He Knew

He knew that people were fickle. They could cry out, “Hosanna!” one day, then cry out, “Crucify him!” a week later.

Phil Ware continues his series on CRUCIFORMED focusing on the events of Jesus' last week from his Triumphal Entry to his resurrection.

Cruciformed #6: The Gamble

Cruciformed #6: The Gamble

As Jesus journeyed into Jerusalem that last time, he had reached the point where he was going to gamble everything on the cross.

Phil Ware continues his series of insights on living the CRUCIFORMED life Jesus calls all disciples to live on his way to the cross.

Cruciformed #5: The Power of Small

Cruciformed #5: The Power of Small

Jesus’ disciples were clueless. Even worse, they were unwilling to accept that the role of exaltation for Jesus and his followers involved the cross of Golgotha!

Phil Ware continues his series on the Cruciformed disciple, focusing this week on the power of the small.

Cruciformed #4: Only by Prayer

Cruciformed #4: Only by Prayer

Unlike the father of the boy with the tormenting spirit, we don’t confess our unbelief and then ask for help in believing more is possible.

Phil Ware continues his series of posts from the discipleship section of Mark chapters 8-10, this time focusing on the boy the disciples of Jesus could not heal.

Cruciformed #3: Listen to Him!

Cruciformed #3: Listen to Him!

In a world full of noisy distractions and competing messages, how do we know which voice we should obey and which sign we should follow?

Phil Ware continues his short series on becoming a cruciformed people -- disciples transformed by the cross of Jesus -- by talking about the focus on the story of Jesus' transfiguration.

Cruciformed #2: Beyond Our Blurry Vision

Cruciformed #2: Beyond Our Blurry Vision

As we journey with Jesus down his way of the cross, something grabs our hearts. That drawing power reaches through the centuries.

Phil Ware continues his series from the Gospel of Mark called Cruciformed, formed into the likeness of Jesus who went to the cross.