Entries by sarahp

Receiving and Giving God’s Grace – Why Prayer…

“Saying grace” is not something we do to “keep God happy,” Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said last weekend. “That is the opposite of grace.” Instead, grace is the unconditional love and forgiveness God has given us through the sacrifice of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, so that we wouldn’t suffer the price owed for […]

You Have a Purpose – Why Prayer…

Over the last four days, we have looked at the definition of grace and what it means to say grace, like when you are exhausted from trying to get it right, when you feel like you are experiencing something amazing, or when you feel angry and bitter. But last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder told […]

Gardening the Soul – Why Prayer…

As we continued on the journey, Why Prayer…, last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder dove into the deep end of the business of every follower of Christ.  He had the audacity to say, “When you feel angry and bitter … SAY GRACE.” Clearly, he has not walked a mile in my shoes. He made it […]

Amazing Isn’t Average – Why Prayer…

I knew something special was happening, but the delivery was more than anyone expected. Mr. Carter started with a reverse 360 windmill. The night was over before it even began, but the show went on anyway. Each proceeding moment matched the momentum of the previous one. That 2000 NBA All-Star weekend was my favorite. It’s […]

Say, Grace – Why Prayer…

Romans 3:23 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. How you decide to respond to the above verses is the […]

From Mess to Message – Why Prayer…

One of my favorite things about the Bible is that there are so many stories of God choosing the least likely individuals to accomplish his will. Reading how God uses these unlikely heroes is encouraging to us today. It gives us hope that God has a purpose for us no matter where we come from […]

Be Open to God’s Calling – Why Prayer…

I grew up in the church. Involvement was mandatory. We had to be front and center for all to see. I ushered on Sundays, performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, and was given solos in the choir. Anyone who knows me in my adult season would be surprised by those things. So when the opportunity presented […]

Pray for More Workers – Why Prayer…

Think about what you pray about most often. For me, my most frequent prayers are for safety and guidance, especially as it relates to my kids and husband. Every time I pray in a moment of desperation or concern, I always feel God asking me, “Why am I only just now hearing from you?” But […]