Prayer

How To Pray With Gratitude

I don’t know about you, but when I’m asking God for things, I get really specific. I get into the details and tell God what is happening in my life. I articulate how I need His help and sometimes overstep and offer Him options for what that help could look like. And yet when I’m thanking God, I often speak in generalities. God, thank you...

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How to Pray God’s Promises
How to Pray God’s Promises

I have learned that the power of prayer is amazing. A prayer can break strongholds. When you pray earnestly, everything you ask that is according to God’s will comes to pass. I have broken chains of evil through prayer and I believe with all my heart that no evil shall follow me but goodness and mercy. Prayer is my communication with God. Psalm...

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The Way to Rejoicing
The Way to Rejoicing

I gave a homeless man five minutes of my time, a smile and a chance to earn a few dollars. In return he taught me a valuable lesson. Honestly I had tried to avoid him at first. I saw him walking toward me as I pushed my grocery cart across the parking lot. He wore cutoff jeans, a t-shirt with holes in it and some beat-up sneakers. His curly hair...

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Prayer From a Parent’s Heart
Prayer From a Parent’s Heart

As I sit down to write this article I am reminded of the awesome honour of being a parent. God has granted me the privilege of raising three of His special little ones, but with the privilege comes great responsibility and a lot of hard work. Perhaps more than any other area of life, parenting brings with it the capacity both for boundless joy and...

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A Wonderful Work
A Wonderful Work

  Do you want the strength to face life’s challenges? Take our free online study and learn how to stand up to your fears with strength and courage.   All my life, I’ve been told that I was beautiful - by my parents, my family, and my extended church family. Never once in my life had anyone that I loved and respected planted...

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Why Church?
Why Church?

I’m excited to go to church. I’ve woken early, driven 45 minutes down the highway, and arrived at church with time to shake the greeters’ hands, make small talk in the foyer, and find a comfortable seat. How very spiritual of me. I listen to great worship music, engage with a thoughtful and informative speaker, and  leave with the five-hundred...

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An Old Testament Lesson on Contentment: Hannah
An Old Testament Lesson on Contentment: Hannah

I’d been praying for a husband for a long time. In fact, I adapted Hannah’s request for a son in I Samuel 1:11 to my situation: "O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a [husband], then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his...

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Oil Changes (and the Wonder of Prayer)
Oil Changes (and the Wonder of Prayer)

“Fill ‘er up.” “Yes, sir.” As a high school student, my first job was a mystifying experience. I was officially a gas emissions technician, but you would recognize me as the guy walking up to your car to fill your gas tank.  If you were really nice, I might have even washed your windows. “Hey, can you check the fluids?” What...

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