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Stay Humble, Stay Hungry, and Stay in Tune With God!

When I pray some or all of our Core Prayers at Centre Grove, I often add the challenge to stay humble, stay hungry, and stay in tune with God!

I’ve written about the need to stay humble and stay hungry before. We must stay humble, knowing that we can do nothing apart from God. We must stay hungry, drawing closer and closer to God. We must also stay in tune with God!

I love the note in Acts that says, “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the regions of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit kept them from speaking the word in the province of Asia” (Acts 16.6, CEB). God was able to guide them—and prevent them—because they were in tune with God!

If we ever stop being humble or hungry or in tune with God, we’re in big trouble. And, God’s work in us and through us will be hindered. We must stay humble, stay hungry, and stay in tune with God!

Centre Grove’s Core Prayers

Some churches have a Core Purpose. Some have Core Values. Perhaps churches should also have Core Prayers! After writing my post on (personal) Core Prayers awhile back, it struck me that Centre Grove UMC has (community) Core Prayers. I included them in that post, but here they are again … God, give us hearts like… Continue →

Protecting Your Church

On Sunday, I challenged our church family to protect the church. I read several statements from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Warren begins, “It is your job to protect the unity of your church.” He notes … Unity is the soul of fellowship. Destroy it, and you rip the heart out of Christ’s… Continue →

Equipping Vital Congregations

At the 2015 Annual Conference of the Susquehanna Conference, I had the honor of being part of a team presentation on Equipping Vital Congregations. The presentation was facilitated by Janet Durrwachter (First UMC, Williamsport). Other team members included Jaime Carpenter (Christ UMC, Selinsgrove) and Rev. Rich Morris (Hicks Memorial UMC, Duncansville). Jaime talked about “Passionate… Continue →

Every Stronghold Must Come Down!

We sang many songs in worship at Centre Grove on Sunday. Some words from “Victor’s Crown” really resonated with me … Every high thing must come down. Every stronghold shall be broken! We don’t want anything to prevent us from experiencing and accomplishing all that God desires! There are spiritual forces at work. Paul writes… Continue →

Core Prayers

Are there certain things you find yourself praying over and over, such as when you pray for yourself, your family, and your ministry? I do. I have a list of some things I pray regularly. These have become some of my core prayers. I’m sure there is no perfect list of core prayers, and I’m… Continue →