Prayer is spiritual work; and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea. Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier…
This semester we'll be dwelling on the theology of prayer, as well as giving ourselves to its practice. But here's the thing. Prayer isn't easy. Rarely is it a glorious and effortless spiritual experience. Here's what E. M. Bounds has to say:
If you've been around campus the past few days, you've maybe noticed a question chalked on the campus sidewalks: DOES IU WANT JESUS ON CAMPUS?
Wondering what this question means? I'll give you a hint: Indiana University is making a push to oust committed religious student organizations from its campuses. For decades, Jesus Christ has been more and more an outlaw here in Bloomington in particular, but this new University-wide policy signals a bold step for the University in making war on Christ and His kingdom.
Find out more at the CNCF Fall Kickoff in Woodburn 101 this Thursday at 8 PM (after CultureFest).
NOTE: This sermon manuscript (edited and polished) is part 6 in this semester's Killing Sin preaching series. Listen to the sermon here. Check out part 1 [read|listen], part 2 [read|listen], part 3 [read|listen], part 4 [read|listen], part 5 [read|listen], part 7 [read|listen], part 8 [read|listen], and part 9 [read|listen].
In 1942, three years into World War II, an experimental airborne regiment was formed. It would be one of the first times any military would deploy soldiers out of planes in enemy territory so they could descend into battle with the aid of a parachute.
The soldiers in this regiment—all volunteers—went through rigorous battle drills and ruthless physical training. They suffered under the command of an officer who was extremely strict and unrelenting in pushing their bodies and minds…