Independence Day Giveaway

We’d love to build a relationship with you, so in honor of Independence Day, we’re excited to offer a huge giveaway contest.
One winner will receive:

  1. One signed copy of American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot by Joshua J Masters
  2. A second signed copy of American Psalms that we’re asking you to give to an active service member or veteran.
  3. And (drumroll, please.) a $50 Amazon gift card.

ALL eligible entries will receive:

  1. A Special Independence Day Prayer download from American Psalms on July 4, 2017.
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The Two Question Prayer: When You Don’t Know How to Pray

<VIDEO: The Two Question Prayer by Joshua J Masters>

What should you pray when you don’t know what to say anymore? What do you do when you feel like you’re out of prayers? As a pastor, I’ve had a lot of people tell me they’re tired of praying.They’ve asked God to change their circumstance, fix their relationships, or transform their lives—but they still don’t feel connected to God.

I’ve experienced that same drought of divine intimacy myself, and it’s often because I’m focused on an outcome rather than my relationship with God. During those times, I’d obviously tell you I desire a closeness with God. But in reality, my heart and actions would reveal a secret hypocrisy. Is it possible that we feel disconnected from God—that He’s not answering our prayer because we’re asking the wrong questions?

What if we changed the focus of our prayers from us to Him? What if we simply asked God two questions:

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Can Superhero Movies Speak to Christians? Part I

<VIDEO: The Bat Pastor reviews Batman v. Superman>

 

Can Superhero movies speak to a Christian’s mission in the Kingdom of God? As we prepare for the release of the new Wonder Woman movie this week and the Justice League movie later this year, The Bat Pastor thought this would be a good time to revisit the review he did for Batman V. Superman: The Dawn of Justice.

 

In this video, the Bat Pastor takes a Biblical look at the popular movie. He discusses the true theme of the movie and how you can find the real Dawn of Justice! (c/f Galatians 6:9, Psalm 37:5-6)

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A Prayer for Memorial Day

Comforter and Councilor,1 We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken…

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The Genesis of Your Dream

  When did God whisper your dream to you? How did you know it was from Him? While attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC), many people asked how I got into writing. The truth is, I don’t remember…

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13 Reasons Why and Discussing Teen Suicide

<AUDIO: Addressing Teen Suicide in the Media Podcast> As the pastor who oversees Celebrate Recovery and the Landing at my church, I was recently asked to join a podcast discussion about teen suicide and its portrayal in the controversial Netflix series,…

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How to Start Praying for America

 

<VIDEO: A Prayer for America by Joshua J Masters>

Today is the National Day of Prayer, but with all the negativity swirling around the politics of our country, many aren’t even sure how to get started.  The first step in praying for the nation is committing to do so. I’ve often pondered how important it is to pray for America, but I wasn’t actually doing it. I had a ton of ideas on how others should be praying, but planning a prayer life for someone else is as effective as calling football plays from your couch. Decide you’re going to get off the spiritual bench and do something yourself.

The most important element in developing a spiritual discipline is making a commitment to the process of letting God change you. Once you’ve made that commitment, you want to be sure you remain accountable. Make a covenant with God to pray for the nation, then ask other Christians or your small group to keep you accountable. Here are a few things to keep in mind when praying for America:

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After Easter

[VIDEO: After Easter by Joshua J Masters]

It’s the week after Easter. Our holiday clothes are back on their hangers, and our empty tomb memes are falling further down our social media pages. The leftover ham is tucked snuggly into the refrigerator, ready for its role in a much less grand series of lunches. Life will return to normal this week. But should it?

 

Life for the disciples didn’t return to normal after the resurrection. They could not say, “What a lovely Resurrection Day,” pretending the significance of Christ’s return would merely last a day. They tried to return to a normal life.

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