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Praying using the words of others

When you praying using the words of others it is sometimes this is called “rote prayers.”  Somehow that seems to have a negative connotation. We are talking about written prayers often passed down for centuries through the church, the puritans, the saints, and others.  In short, today we are exploring the idea of praying with other…

Connected – May 20

How do we pray? How do we express ourselves to God? What exactly is prayer? Has prayer become something personal in your life or is it still something vague your parents taught you as a child or you only participate in at church? Where to we begin when we pray?   Pastor Adam breaks down The…

Listening Prayer

Many of the methods of prayer being presented in these devotions have a lot of cross over.  The importance isn’t in what they are called or how they are categorized. Our prayer is simply to present ways to draw near to Jesus in order for you to grow in your prayer and spiritual journey.  Remember,…

Praying With Scripture

Praying scripture is a way to be in scripture and prayer at the same time. John Piper says, “If we don’t form the habit of praying the Scriptures, our prayers will almost certainly degenerate into vain repetitions that eventually revolve entirely around our immediate private concerns, rather than God’s larger purposes.”   The early church prayed…

Connected – May 13

We have direct access to God at any time. We don’t need a special signal, or special equipment, and no power is needed. In fact, there is NOTHING required. Of course that in itself can mean we take it for granted. Sometimes when access is difficult, we seem to value it more. Once it is…

Hot Seat – May 6

This week is the last in the “hot seat” series. The questions tackled this week were those that were not neatly categorized in any of our previous topical weeks. Dig into scripture this week that deal with questions pertaining to mental health, pleasing God, God’s will and tithing.   MONDAY: How does the church deal with…

Hot Seat – April 29

The “hot seat” topics were chosen by folks who were in and around Rockhills Church during the past few months. Today’s topic was the one asked about most often:  why do bad things happen to good people?  Why is there suffering?   Al Hassler explained the most common secular logic proposed by philosophers and others is:…

Hot Seat – April 22

Jesus is the perfect embodiment of grace and truth. You are not. I am not. No matter what the topic, but particularly when it comes to topics that get personal, political or religious, we tend to err on one side or the other. Truth or grace.  Conservative or progressive.   Jesus taught hard lessons. The Bible…