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Prayer

For the past decade I’ve been wrestling with the subject of prayer.  What is prayer? Do our prayers affect change? And especially, the James 5 idea of “the prayer of faith.”  Growing up, many of my leaders either taught or inferred that God will heal you — implying you just have to believe and have enough faith.  Now that I have more experience and have had time to consider it, I believe they were trying to teach us to pray with confidence and persistence — two attributes that are necessary for prayer.  Of course, if the healing doesn’t occur, what do you do then? This was my hang-up.

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Whose Voice Are You Listening To

Recently, I opened up my Bible and a piece of paper I tucked in it years ago caught my attention. On the paper were some thoughts had written down regarding the lies our Enemy tries to get us to buy in to. It was a timely reminder for me and I thought I’d expand on the thoughts.

This particular thought is from Isaiah 36-37.  Let me catch you up real quick. The Assyrian army came to attack Judah and conquer it.  The Assyrian army at the time was a massive power and could completely overpower Judah. One of the leaders of the Assyrian army gave a message to Hezekiah, king of Judah, saying, “Who are you putting your trust in.  You should just give up. Are you trusting in Egypt, they are unreliable. Are you putting your trust in your God, you have been unfaithful to him he will not save you.” Then to add to the insult he tells Hezekiah, “I’ll give you 2,000 horses if you can find that many men to ride them.”  

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What If?

Do you ever read the Bible and think, what if?

What if Peter hadn’t denied Jesus three times?

What if Paul hadn’t stood his ground so firmly for a grace only salvation message for the Gentiles?

What if Abraham didn’t take Hagar into his bed?  What if he didn’t have Ishmael as a son?

There is another story in 1 Samuel 13 that I think “what if”?  The battle lines were drawn with the Philistines. Their army was mammoth and the Israelite army was starting to quake in their sandals.  Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel to offer sacrifices to God and seek Him. Instead of waiting, Saul became anxious and offered the sacrifice himself.

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Love Wins!

As I write this I’ve never seen our country more disunified than it is right now.  Racial tension is at an all-time high for my lifetime (I realize others who lived through the 60’s have seen more).  And let’s not even mention political tension.  The proverbial lines in the sand are being drawn on both sides of most major issues.  Hatred is overshadowing love.  And even some of those who preach tolerance have let the pendulum swing to the other side.

Of course, any historian will tell you this is nothing new.  In fact, compared to the time of conquering empires, such as Alexander the Great, it’s quite peaceful.  However, at least in my lifetime, I’ve never observed such hatred from those on both sides of the issues.

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