It has been my desire to bring glory to God and praise to Jesus through this blog. I want to start this post by thanking you for following the blog. It gives me a chance to serve God in a special way, and you are a huge part of that.
According to my statistics page, though the site has been steadily growing in visitors over the past months, there was a huge leap in visitors in February! If 25 more people come to the site, I will have broken 1000 views in a month (the highest ever!) That’s all because you have been liking and sharing the articles with your friends. I am humbled and so very thankful! Glory to God!
Starting this week I’ve added a new feature to the blog — a podcast! You may have already noticed that the past few posts have had audio attached to the top. The podcast will be an easy way to get access to all of these audio clips from multiple devices. Most often these clips will be from my preaching and teaching ministry, but I also want to include audio book reviews, devotionals and other special features. I’m definitely open to suggestions for content!
There are lots of ways to listen:
- On the Blog: The audio will be at the top of the post, so you can listen at your computer.
- On your Favourite Device: Take AOTCN with you on your favourite device. Click here for instructions.
- On iTunes: If you like to use iTunes to organize your music and podcasts, click the banner above, or this link.
- On Almost Anything Else: I’ve set up the podcast using Feedburner so no matter what you want to use, you’ll probably find it here.
How You Can Help
It would be great if you would keep up the good work of liking and sharing the Art of the Christian Ninja. Here’s some ways to pass it around:
- Like & Share on Facebook
- Retweet on Twitter.
- Use the “Share This:” feature at the bottom of each post (which gives you 14 different ways to share including E-Mail, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+!)
Another way you can help is to give me feedback! I love hearing from you:
- What was your favourite post? Least favourite?
- What do you think of the length and style of the posts?
- What topics would you like covered that you haven’t seen already?
- What would you like to hear on the podcast?
- What are you curious about?
- How can I minister to you best through AOTCN?
Thank you again for all of your support and I hope to keep serving you in the future.
After being challenged by the elders to study and pray about Pastoral Prayers I have decided to write and give a new prayer each week during the church service. I’ve thought a lot about posting them here and have decided to do so in hopes that people will experience a new way to pray and be encouraged through them. Feel free to use them privately or in your church’s worship time. This prayer is from June 30, 2013.
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!…
Within Your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God, Your praise reaches the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.” (Psalm 48:1a , 10)
We come before you in song,
in our tithes and offerings,
and by giving attention to your Word
because you are worthy of our attention, our praise, our faith, our prayers and our lives.
We praise you this morning as a community of people in need of your mercy,
We confess to you that we have not lived as we should have this week.
We have idols in our hearts,
have grieved your spirit,
have trusted in our own strength,
and, at times, have forgotten your very existence by not being mindful of your presence.
We have indulged our own selfishness and have not loved one another as we are meant to.
We have indulged addictions that you have told us to give up.
We have indulged feelings that you have told us were harmful as we wallowed in bitterness,
We have indulged Satan and given into temptation willfully and mindfully.
You gave us the way out, and we didn’t take it.
We confess our sin and our error, and once again we repent from it.
We need your forgiveness Lord.
We need to be cleansed.
We need your supernatural strength to live a holy life.
As individuals and as a community we come before you trusting your promise that “if we confess our sins, [You are] faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
We trust in your faithfulness.
We know that as a just God you poured out the punishment for our sins onto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We know that because of His sacrifice we can be purified.
Purify our church.
Purify our souls.
Purify our community and our city.
Make us clean.
We pray for those in authority over us,
those you have raised up to lead this community, city, province and nation.
Help them listen to you and govern well.
We ask you to bless the other churches in our area as they praise you and listen to your word.
Grow them in number, and deepen them in spiritual maturity.
And for us here this morning Lord, illuminate your word and draw us into a deeper, stronger faith.
Build up our relationship with you and each other.
Give your special attention and healing to the sick who cannot be with us.
Give your supernatural joy to those who are grieving and hurting this morning, Lord.
Lay a heavy hand on those who need to feel your presence today.
Bring conviction to the prideful and elevate the humble among us.
We pray this in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen