Why does Jesus need two tries?

One of the passages I find most interesting in the Gospel of Mark is found in chapter 8:22-26. They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on hi
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The Practice of Prayer

Praying is one of the privileges and callings of God’s people.  We are commanded to pray for ourselves, for others, for the government, and for many others.  God tells us that we should be thankful in our prayers, that we should confess our sins, and that we should “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In his book
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Preparing For Christmas

Advent Devotions (click here) When I was a kid, our family would get out an Advent wreath with 4 candles, and Advent calendar, and some type of Advent devotion book.  The whole purpose was to help us prepare for the celebration of Christmas and the return of Jesus on the Last Day.  It was a good practice and helped me
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The Big Christmas Purchase

There are lots of ways to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family. When we are buying things for little children, we tend to purchase items that are small and educational, so that the little ones can learn to identify animals or sounds and have fun while they learn. But as children get older, and especially as they
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