Why the Church? (part 2 of 4)

The whole reason the church is screwed up is that Christians have been looking at the things that we see, instead of the things that we do not see. We have become so fixated on what we see; we forget that we are members of a higher Kingdom. We examine the symptoms and ignore the solutions. We are living here, in a world that is suffering, filled with hate and bigotry, injustice and misery everywhere we look. And over here is a group of people, the church, who talk about love, compassion, sympathy, and help. Continue reading

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Why the Church? (part 1 of 4)

Hurray! I am overjoyed to be free from any pain or discomfort from the ear infection. So, I am finally returning to what I enjoy most: study the Scriptures! Continue reading

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The Way Prayer Works (part 6 of 6)

What does all this mean? Well, many have made interesting suggestions about the meaning of these four dimensions I just explained. Some see these dimensions in the cross; being represented in its height and depth and length and breadth. Others see them as representing God love. Continue reading

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The Way Prayer Works (part 5 of 6)

. . . firmly fixed in love (Ephesians 3:17)

Ah, love! You were overwhelmed with the cares of the world, but now, the feeling is beginning to return. It has been difficult, but once again, you sense something. You have become reassured with Jesus’ promise to be with you. You finally realize that you are loved and that He cares for you, and joyfully, that relationship will never change. Continue reading

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The Way Prayer Works (part 4 of 6)

All of these steps we are discussing are not your responsibility; it is God’s. Doesn’t that help? You don’t have to start it. He does. All you have to do is ask him for it (or someone else asks for you) — one or the other. Your prayers are nothing but a cry of helplessness: “Father, help!” That’s all it takes. Continue reading

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The Way Prayer Works (part 3 of 6)

When I think of the greatness of this great plan I fall on my knees before God the Father (from whom all fatherhood, earthly or heavenly, derives its name) (Ephesians 3:14-15) Continue reading

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The Way Prayer Works (part 2 of 6)

Paul always began with prayer. We must emphasize this point. We need to understand more about the ministry of prayer. I am convinced that we need a great deal more understanding of what prayer does and how it works. Evidently, Paul understood this, because he is never very far from prayer for those he was concerned. He understood that this was an essential ingredient to the solution of their problems. Not only for them but for him, as an apostle. He needed them to pray for him, and he asked for it again and again. Continue reading

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