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A Contrite Heart

"I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite." (Isaiah 57:15b ESV) Recently I knew something was amiss between the The Prince of Peace and...

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What IS Prayer, Anyway?

What is prayer, anyway? Critics say it is a crutch. It is something the Christians do to make them feel better, because it is just that: Something they can actually do in a situation where they are helpless! Unfortunately I suspect that many Christians have only a...

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Does God Answer Prayers Today?

"It was a devastating car accident," a member of the Bible study said. "The healing was miraculous. I had broken bones. They healed with no need for casts. I had cuts on my face. They healed with no scars. And doctors said I would lose my teeth as they had turned gray...

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Dirty Dishes

"It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy." (Romans 9:16 NIV) One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn as an adult is to rely on God's mercy instead of my own drive, desire or effort. Just a few minute ago, I was washing the...

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Feeling your Prayers are…Ineffective?

In a recent email, a friend made the statement that he often considers his own prayers to be relatively ineffectual. I have to admit that I was a tiny bit relieved to receive this email...So it isn't justmy prayers that aren't answered! Yes, I can certainly relate....

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The Hug

It never ceased to amaze me how a simple kiss could take away the tears from my toddlers’ eyes. How can something so small make such a change? The answer of course is that it showed someone cared, and that was truly all that really mattered in the eyes of my toddlers....

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Waltz In

While I was praying, simple conversation with God, I found myself asking for something. Again. I thought, "I am constantly making requests! Wouldn't you think the Lord would get sick of that? I just waltz in, any time of the day or night I feel like it, and pray. I...

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Three Steps to Have Your Prayers Answered

Did anyone tell you there's no right or wrong way to pray? They're correct. But there is a wrong sense of conviction as we pray. When we ask God for blessings, we often use a mousy attitude. We request limited blessings. And imagine only what our human mind can hold....

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