Goal: Allow God to Control My Thoughts

[Today in Christian radio] Dr. Tony Evans said, “If God is controlling your thinking, then you will feel like God wants you to feel because emotions piggyback off of thoughts.” Worry is an ingrained thought pattern that leads to anxiety and depression. It is mentally exhausting and wreaks havoc on our bodies. We are simply not meant to carry that heavy load. Naturally, rainbows and unicorns do not float into our brains. It is deadlines, bills, responsibilities, etc. We need God to take control. He is our only hope. Dear Lord, We lay down our thoughts, worries, anxiety, and negative thinking on the altar. We give You control of our thoughts for this moment and every moment to come. We praise You that You are happy to bless us with holy and righteous thoughts. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*This quote was taken from Dr. Tone Evan’s sermon called “Overcoming Emotional Strongholds.” Listen to the whole sermon here: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/the-alternative/listen/overcoming-emotional-strongholds-586606.html

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

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Goal: Talk It Out With God

[Today in Christian radio] Rick Warren said, “If you don’t express [negative emotions] to God, it’s going to come out…in a compulsion, in an addiction, in an affair, and some other self-destructive behavior.” As Christians, we learn to exchange disappointment for contentedness, gratitude for complaining, and other positive emotions for negative ones. This is a step in becoming a mature Christian, but we must first honestly confess our negative emotions to God. Otherwise we are simply repressing those emotions (which is not healthy either). Dear Lord, help us to identify and express our emotions to You. Let nothing stand between us, Lord. Thank You, Jesus, that You can handle our pain. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*This quote was taken from Rick Warren’s sermon series called “The Courage to Keep Going, Part 1.” Listen to the whole sermon here: http://pastorrick.com/listen/player/?bid=4dc01d07-5849-4023-9fb4-f9953ae0c67f

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Pass the Baton

Dr. Alex McFarland said we should always “be diligent about passing the baton of faith to the next generation….” I am deeply in love with Jesus Christ, but I sometimes feel unsure if we are effectively communicating the beauty of His character to young people. Are we giving our love and attention to the next generation? Are we sharing our testimonies and Biblical wisdom with them? Are we praying enough for them? Dear Father, anoint us to say and do things that will inspire faith in the next generation. Give us a wide area of influence—over our own children, extended family, neighbors, friends, and young churchgoers. Thank You, Lord, that it is Your good pleasure to answer this prayer. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*This blog quotes Dr. Alex McFarland when he was a guest on Focus on the Family’s radio program series called “Helping Your Millennial Child Reconnect With God. (Part 1 of 2)” You can listen to the whole message here: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/helping-your-millennial-child-reconnect-with-god-pt1

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Discern Responsibilities

[Today in Christian Radio] June Hunt reminded us that God calls us to help others with burdens that are too heavy to carry alone, but we are not called “to relieve others of their own rightful responsibilities.” Christianity is a combination of accepting our own responsibilities, helping others, and giving our cares to God. Burdens can come in the form of financial, emotional, spiritual, as well as others. It can take some serious discernment to know when and who should carry what burden. Some of us end up carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders while others never fully mature because of their dependency on others. Dear Father, I pray You would help us to discern responsibilities. You have many people so we should never overwhelm ourselves with burdens or take the place of God in someone’s life. Help us to the burdens we are not called to carry at the cross because You said our yoke is easy and our burden is light. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*This blog quotes June Hunt’s radio program called Hope for the Heart. You can listen to the whole message here: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/hope-for-the-heart/custom-player/?bcd=2017-03-29

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Redefine Sin

[Today in Christian Radio] Dr. Mike Fabarez said, “You can go out and make decisions in gray areas that you think, ‘Hey, there’s nothing wrong. No one’s getting hurt. This is fine.’ But if you made those decisions without reference to your Creator….then you are not living out your life the way it is supposed to be.” This is a statement we as Christians need to hear because we are susceptible to the influence of modern culture. Society teaches us that there is nothing wrong with behavior that does not harm others, but Christians cannot live by that rule. First, sin is ruinous even when it harms only ourselves. Secondly, our Creator is grieved when we sin against Him. Lord, help us to let go of the non-spiritual thought that we can do whatever we want as long as it does not harm other people. I pray we would base decisions on Your will in every matter of our lives. Thank You that You are pleased to help us in this way. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

You can listen to the whole message by Dr. Mark Fabarez on Focal Point’s site here: http://focalpointministries.org/product/the-black-white-on-gray-areas-part-3b/

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Stop Screaming

“It’s a sin to scream at a woman,” said Dr. Gary Chapman on a radio program that aired today. This bold statement seems profound because this is not a typical Sunday sermon. Many of us treat strangers more kindly than our own household. Nearly all of us are guilty of screaming at our spouses or children in situations that could never be justified as righteous anger. Lord, I pray we would treat our family members more courteously than we would treat our friends, coworkers, or fellow church-goers. Give us strength to battle unrighteous anger, wisdom to handle situations without losing control, and humility to apologize when we mess up. Thank You, Jesus, for hearing our prayer. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

You can listen to the whole message by Dr. Gary Chapman on Focus on the Family’s site here: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/building-the-bridge-to-forgiveness-pt2

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Be Represented

[Today in Christian Radio] Pastor Kevin DeYoung serves on a school district’s sex education advisory board to represent the Christian perspective. He said, “You all want to be inclusive?…Are you inclusive of people like us?” This is a profound statement because of how well it supports the desire for Christian perspectives to be purposely included—not only on a school board, but everywhere in society. Christians deserve the right to have our perspectives represented whether we happen to be a minority or a majority in any given place. Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters to enjoy representation so that we can obey Your commandments.  Thank You that Your commandments lead us to the fullest life we can imagine. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*Pastor Kevin DeYoung was a guest on Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine. The radio program entitled “Is Attending Church Relevant?” can be heard here:  http://familylifetoday.com/program/is-attending-church-relevant/?autoPlay=y

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.