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Prayer: What, Why, and How Ken Boa Simply defined, prayer is a dialogue between God and His people. Prayer often involves individual and group needs and concerns; however it’s much more than merely asking and receiving. Prayer is part of a relationship, which means it involves a dialogue, not merely a monologue. While God wants us to talk to Him about our problems, plans, and concerns, there are also times when we should be silent before Him and rest in Him so we can be sensitive and receptive to His desires and direction. Prayerful meditation upon a text of Scripture…

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Fear of the New Thing Brooke Keith Benji used to have this fuzzy blue puppy blanket that instantly got him to sleep. It was a miracle worker. Mommy’s helper. The only thing that got me a break. Well, that was until I misplaced it. We spent weeks looking beneath sofas and even inside vent ducts. Then we started trying to find substitutes but none ever quite fit. This also meant weeks of bouncing, endless nights of playing lullabies on a loop, and trying desperately to find anything to get normal back. I’d all but forgotten about the blue blanket months later…

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The Birth of Jesus in the New Testament: One Event – Four Narratives Dr. Corné Bekker Most people, when they think of the Christmas story, think of one biblical narrative that includes the holy family, the midnight hour, a barn, various farm animals, shepherds, angels, wise men and a quiet, little town called Bethlehem. It might come as a big surprise to learn that many of the elements people often treasure as part of the nativity story come from Christmas carols and that the true source for this event, the Gospels in the New Testament, deal with the story of…

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by Ken Barnes “He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth — the Lord God Almighty is his name.” Amos 4:13(NIV) In many of our spiritual struggles, it often seems like our pleas with God go unheeded. The movement of God’s Spirit, like the wind, though unobservable, always accomplishes its intended purpose. One day this fall, the pressures of life seemed to be encroaching increasingly upon me, and God appeared to be a bit hearing impaired. The wind was blowing…

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Peace: Finding God’s Complete Rest For Your Life It’s a search that drives men and nations to great extremes — the search for peace. So much of our time, energy and resources are consumed with trying to find and keep peace with family members, friends and neighbors. But often, no matter how hard we try, peace eludes us. The war in our minds and hearts rages on and on. Where can we find peace? The War Within If you are having trouble finding peace in your life, you must first understand the source of the conflict that is troubling you.…

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