Too Good To Be True?

When I was a young man I remember feeling like I never won anything.  For example, when I was in high school, I went with some friends to the state fair and we were waiting in line for one of the rides.  One of my friends who was standing behind me looked on the ground where I had just been standing, and found some mon
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Prayer During Dark Times

How do you pray when times are dark, and you are hurting deep inside?  When you can’t see a happy ending to the problem facing your marriage, how do you pray?  When you don’t know how to help your child through a painful season of life, how do you pray?  When you realize that age has caught up with you, how do you pray
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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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