Posts with the category “prayer”

Love First
by John Kelley on March 21st, 2024
It’s not a suggestion to love. It’s a command. If we are to love like Jesus did, we will find ourselves in some very unenviable situations. There will be times of discomfort. Awkwardness will happen often. Yet, despite all of that, when we learn to love like Christ, we see people differently.   Read More
Stories Matter
by John Kelley on March 20th, 2024
Our testimony is a powerful thing. People who do not read the Bible will rarely be impressed by your knowledge of scripture. They definitely won’t be moved by it. Your testimony, however, the story of how God rescued you and brought you out of death and into life, that story will move them.  Read More
Group Conversations With God
by John Kelley on February 15th, 2024
Jesus Christ Himself is there with us when we gather in His name. When we are praying together, the Son of God joins in with us. How amazing is that?  Read More
Breaking Bread Together
by John Kelley on February 14th, 2024
The people we spend the most time with tend to be the people who affect WHO we are the most. It’s no wonder that God would want us around each other in the Church as much as possible.  Read More
We All Need Space
by John Kelley on February 1st, 2024
There was an artistic hand involved in the creation of everything around me. There was an intrinsic beauty that couldn't be explained by a big bang or random evolution. I was in the midst of a masterpiece created by the Master Himself.  Read More
We Make Our Own Noise
by John Kelley on January 31st, 2024
God is a provider. He makes sure our NEEDS are met. We just need to trust him. It's so easy to see what's going on in our lives and think that God just isn't there. Let me assure you. God is there. He's never left.   Read More
Jesus Sneaks Off
by John Kelley on January 30th, 2024
Jesus understands the human mind. He was human. He understands how easy it can be to get distracted. He knows how hard it is to keep focus when there's a whole lot of crazy going on around us. He also knows that His Father deserves our attention. All of it.   Read More
God Is NOT In The Fire
by John Kelley on January 29th, 2024
As disciples of Christ, it's beyond important for us to slow down and simply be quiet. Finding times throughout our days and weeks can be difficult, but they are needed. We need to tune out the noise and focus on God.  Read More
Food Is Overrated
by John Kelley on January 26th, 2024
When we fast, we are unlocking shackles that tell us we need our food at all times, on all occasions. We’ve convinced ourselves that our slave owners aren’t real, and we are just fine where we are. Fasting says otherwise.  Read More
Fasting Develops Focus
by John Kelley on January 25th, 2024
One of my favorite movie trilogies growing up was the Karate Kid. I always loved watching Daniel Larusso overcome the odds. He was the epitome of the underdog. He was gangly, awkward, and had a short fuse. He always doubted himself, and it was always Mr. Miyagi that would bring Daniel around to what he was actually capable of. In the Karate Kid 2, Daniel had traveled to Okinawa to help Mr. Miyagi ...  Read More
Emptied of Ourselves and Filled with Christ
by John Kelley on January 24th, 2024
Every day we are exposed to innumerable images, sounds, and thoughts that are in direct competition with what God wants for us. Fasting allows us to shut down that noise and focus on something better. Removing the need for food forces us to depend on something else to get us through the day.  Read More
Giving God Our Meal Times
by John Kelley on January 23rd, 2024
A common misconception about fasting is the idea that we just don’t eat. That’s only part of the equation. When we fast, we need to take that time when we would normally be eating and commit it, intentionally, to God. Otherwise, we’re just starving ourselves with no purpose.   Read More
What is Fasting All About?
by John Kelley on January 22nd, 2024
It’s a way to get clarity when seeking Wisdom from God. We remove all other needs and place them in God’s hands so that we can better discern what His will is for us.   Read More
by John Kelley on January 5th, 2024
God isn’t just our “God.” He’s also our Father, and fathers want what is best for their children. There are just some things that we cannot do for ourselves, and we genuinely need supernatural intervention.  Read More
by John Kelley on January 4th, 2024
We shouldn’t go to God in a selfish manner, acting like He’s some kind of supernatural Santa Claus. A thankful heart leads to joy. A selfish heart leads to anxiety, frustration, and discontent.  Read More
by John Kelley on January 3rd, 2024
If it’s so important to confess sin to one another, then how much more important is it that we confess our sins to God? Now I know you may be thinking, “God already knows everything. Why would I have to confess to Him, when He already knows?” The truth is, He demands it.   Read More
by John Kelley on January 2nd, 2024
Adoration helps us appreciate, and feel honored when we get the opportunity to have a one-on-one with God Himself. If you really think about it, how amazing is that? We GET to talk to GOD!!!!  Read More
What Is Prayer?
by John Kelley on January 1st, 2024
Prayer is not something that God judges based on the eloquence of our dialogue. God isn’t sitting back and grading us based on how well we quote scripture throughout our prayers to Him.  Read More