“Surrender isn’t about WHAT; it’s about WHOM.”

Surrender.  What does it mean?  What does it look like?  Is it just something that we talk about, and read about, and sing about?  Or is it something that we actually do?  And how do we know if we’ve done it or not?  Is it possible to kinda surrender some things but not really surrender everything?

That was our topic in Part 4 of INTO THE WAR ROOM.  We focused on the issue of surrender and saw how it might be the most important part of our prayer strategy.

As Miss Clara taught us in the War Room movie, “If you wanna win, you’re gonna have to first learn to surrender.”

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Dear loyal blog followers,help wanted

As you’ve probably noticed, I recently started using a new tool called Periscope and I am having a TON OF FUN with it!  If you haven’t tried it, you can get a feel for how it works by checking out the two demo scopes I’ve done thus far.

The beauty of Periscope is that it is a) super easy to use (just download the app and you’re pretty much good to go), and b) it allows for LIVE INTERACTION between the speaker and the audience.  You can ask questions or make comments and I can respond on the spot, in real time.  Trust me, it’s VERY COOL!

So moving forward, my plan is to do a live 30 minute scope every WEDNESDAY at 12:30 pm EST.  I’ll still be writing a blog post in the morning, but then the scope will be a chance to expand on the subject and answer questions about it.

But here’s where I need your help.  I NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE CONTENT.  

What subjects are you interested in hearing me talk about?
What aspects of my life would you like to learn more about?
What subject have you always wished you could ask me about?

This is your chance.  I’m open to pretty much anything.  No suggestion is a bad one.  This is your chance to help plan the content of my blog.

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My Morning Ritual

September 30, 2015 — 4 Comments
I’ll be a doing another LIVE 30 minute broadcast on Periscope today at 12:30 pm EST to discuss this post and answer all your questions about my morning ritual.  Download the app and follow me at FrAnthony to join in.


That’s how most people admit they feel every morning when they begin their day.  You know the feeling too don’t you?

It’s feeling like you’re behind before you’ve even started your day because you snoozed three times this morning.  It’s feeling like you’re lacking energy because you skipped your morning workout and grabbed a donut for breakfast at work.  And worst of all, it’s feeling like you didn’t really connect with God today and you can’t remember the last time you actually did.

To me, there’s nothing worse than starting off my day in a frenzy…feeling rushed, unsettled and unprepared before the day has even begun.  THAT IS THE WORST!

But the flip side is this: nothing feels BETTER than having a great morning.  Getting up early… spending time in prayer… eating a healthy breakfast and working out… diving deep into my Bible and feeling like I’ve spoken with God today!  Nothing feels better than “winning” in the morning and feeling ready for the day ahead!

My belief is this: if I can win in the morning, then I can win with the rest of my day. 

If I can control the first 1-2 hours of my day and accomplish the most important things during that time (important ≠ urgent), then the chances of having a “good day” are pretty high.  But if I lose with the first hour of my day – if I fail to get up when I wanted, and fail to spend time in prayer, and fail to read my Bible in a quality manner, and fail to do the things I need to do to get ready for my day – then it feels like I’m playing catch up before the day has even begun.

I’m not alone am I?

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Part 3 of INTO THE WAR ROOM gave me  chance to talk about one of my favorite subjects and one of foundational principles of my spiritual progress:  PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE.

You can’t get far in any series on prayer without discussing the relationship between prayer and Scripture.  They are two sides of the same coin and I believe you can’t really do one (properly) without the other.

So check out the video above as I share why I believe that praying with Scripture can change your prayer life.  I also share how I specifically use Scripture in my prayer routine and how that might help you get started in yours.


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The Mystery of Answered Prayer

September 23, 2015 — 3 Comments
I’ll be a doing a LIVE 30 minute broadcast on Periscope today at 12:30 pm EST to discuss this post and answer your questions.  Download the app and follow me at FrAnthony to join in.

Secret of prayer

What’s the secret behind answered prayer?  Why do some people get their prayers answered and others seem to get nothing?  How come in the movie, The War Room, that lady prayed for 15 minutes (in movie time) and her whole life got fixed, while others pray for years and get absolutely no where?

Is there some secret that we’re missing?

If we’re honest, we’ve all wondered about that at some point in our lives.  It’s great to talk about the power of prayer and what prayer can do in our lives, but every one of us could tell at least one story of a prayer that never got answered… one that we prayed and prayed and prayed, yet every prayer only seemed to take us further and further from our desired result.

Why is that?  Is there something that we’re missing?  Why do some people seem to have “the magic touch” when it comes to prayer while the rest of us suffer through life – dazed and confused and left wondering “why me”?

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For those of you who have been waiting for the video of this past Sunday’s message – Part 2 of INTO THE WAR ROOM – I’m sorry to let you know that unfortunately, it didn’t record.  Sunday was just one of those days where anything that can go wrong did go wrong and the end result – I’m sorry to say – was that the message didn’t record at all.


That’s the bad news…

But fear not!  There’s good news too!

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“Why is there SO MUCH that we believe about prayer,
but SO LITTLE that we do about it?”

The long-awaited INTO THE WAR ROOM series kicked off yesterday and it started with a bang!  The goal of this series is to INSPIRE you to stronger and more vibrant prayer life, and also to EQUIP you with the tools you need to make it happen.

We got the ball rolling by talking about the importance of having a plan when it comes to prayer (as we do with just about every other area of our lives) and three essential characteristics that your plan must entail.  I shared a little about my personal prayer plan and hopefully that encourages you to come up with your own.

Check out the video above and see for yourself.  And then it’s time to get working on your battle plan!

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