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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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Come Sit by Me

"Come near to God, and he will come near to you." (James 4:8 NIV) Out of the mouths of babes! At the park, while watching Bubble Man move his apparatus so that the wind would blow hundreds of iridescent bubbles at a time, my great-granddaughter patted the grass, and...

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Bengali? Or Bengali?

Google translate got me into trouble yesterday. I typed in the word "Bengali", pulled out the response written in such beautiful shrift and pasted it into my document. It was to be the hyperlink to a document that a friend had painstakingly translated into Bengali,...

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Lawn Mowing? Or Lawn Care?

I have a love/hate relationship with my lawn mower. I love the way the grass looks once it is cut. The hate part? Pushing it requires work. It takes energy, it takes time... Besides, there will always be areas where the machine can't get -- like around the bases of...

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Home for the Holidays

"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your...

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Jesus Peace: Experiencing the Peace of the Christ Child…ALL Year Long! Introduction

Yes, it is that time of year again, the Christmas season. And the Christmas season is a season of peace, right? After all, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful...

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Jesus Peace: Experiencing the Peace of the Christ Child…ALL Year Long! Part 1: What IS Peace, Anyway?

Peace. It is a word that we so often hear, it is something we long for, yet it so often slips through our fingers. But just what is peace, anyway? According to the dictionary, peace is: - freedom from disturbance; - tranquility; a state or period in which there is no...

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Jesus Peace: Experiencing the Peace of the Christ Child…ALL Year Long! Part 2: Prerequisite for Peace

Last Saturday we saw that the difference between the world's definition of peace and the way God defines peace: While the world's peace is temporary, achieved by removing the symptoms of strife, we see that Jesus' Peace is a permanent tranquility, a state of mind that...

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Jesus Peace: Experiencing the Peace of the Christ Child…ALL Year Long! Part 3: Accessing Peace

On Tuesday we saw that the prerequisite for accessing Jesus' Peace is to give our hearts to Jesus. If you have never done so, we urge you to do so now. It is the only way to having that permanent tranquility, that peaceful state of mind, that is only achieved by Jesus...

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Jesus Peace: Experiencing the Peace of the Christ Child…ALL Year Long! Part 4: Is This Type of Peace…Even Possible?

Last Thursday, in Jesus' Peace, Part 3, we saw that if God is peace, then the closer we draw to Him, the more we can enjoy His peace. Thus the way to access Jesus' peace is to draw near to Him, to keep our hearts and minds focussed on Him, to make Him our refuge at...

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