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When Times Are Difficult

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10) When times are difficult, it is good to remember the promises of God.  But that’s easier said than done, because our […]

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Talk Less, Listen More

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians4:2 “Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 The busyness of […]

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Praying Starts with God, NOT Us!

In his book, Pray: A Study of Distinctive Christian Praying, Charles Whiston writes: “Because of our chronic egocentricity we think of ourselves as initiating prayer. We seek after God to gain his attention, to have him come into our presence, to respond to our desires and do our will. We will pray far better if […]

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What We Really Need is….

Every person on earth has some issue going on for which they need insight or a solution.  Those needs are real and often immediate, but the greater need we all have is to know the depth of God’s love and power.  The apostle Paul understood this when he prayed for those he loved.  Slowly read […]

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Changing How We Pray

One short reminder from the lips of Jesus should change the way we pray. “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”  (Matthew 6:8) Say to yourself several times, “My Heavenly Father knows what I need before I ask Him.” What an awesome truth!  We think we know what we need and we […]

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Who is Praying for You?

Years ago my mentor asked, “Who is praying for you?” to which I replied, “I think several people.”  With pen and paper in hand, he said “Share their names with me.”  Seeing me struggle, he suggested I ask at least one person per day to commit to pray for me.  And the next time we […]

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The Main Business of Our Day

“Pray without ceasing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17 In other words, start your day with God and stay vibrantly connected throughout the day.  Paul Billheimer in Destined to Overcome wrote, “The content of all true prayer originates in the heart of God.  So it is He who inspires the prayer in the heart of man.  The answer […]

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Make Room for God

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16In one of his books, Jess Moody tells of meeting Rose Kennedy (mother of President John F. Kennedy) many years ago at a Bible study he […]

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Imagining God’s Presence, The Essence of Life

Solomon concluded his search for the meaning of life with these words: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.   For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”   Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 What does it mean […]

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