Prayer – Contemplative and Conversational

David Hartono

READ : Matthew 6:5-15 Ever since we migrated to this great country thirteen years ago, my wife and I have always looked forward to Thursday. We set aside Thursday afternoons to take our two children to their favorite restaurant, McDonalds. While we eat our meal, we engage in pleasant conversation. They tell us their story, and we tell them our story. Prayer is like our conversations. There are many types of prayers. I enjoy contemplative prayer, especially when I am …

Click on Harmony

David Hartono

READ : Psalm 133:1-3 Many years ago when we lived in an apartment complex, we could overhear our neighbors arguing. Sometimes the husband would yell at his wife, or they would shout at their child. When that happened, even we felt stressful and tense! Feuding creates disharmony, disunity and tension, but unity creates a harmonious and pleasant atmosphere. One of the marks of spiritual growth is unselfishness. A selfish attitude creates disharmony because it always imposes its own way. Christian …

Poor Me!

David Hartono

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Sing a New Song Unto the Lord

David Hartono

READ : Psalm 96:1-13 No one wants to have the reputation of falling into a rut. Such a person lacks new ideas and experiences. In our spiritual journey, we should experience God’s blessings anew on a daily basis. Remember the Old Testament story when God supplied Israelites with manna? God instructed them to collect manna daily and to leave none of it for the next day. By this he intended to teach Israelites to trust him and experience him daily. …

A Sure Escape From Worry

David Hartono

READ : Matthew 6:25-34 Who never worries? My guess is that all of us have experienced worries many times in our lives. When Jesus taught us not to worry, he meant that we should not worry continually because our Father in heaven will take care of us. Seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness means that our desire is focused on God. Understanding this alters our ways of looking at things because our heart will always be thankful for whatever we …