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Pray: How Hard Do You Have to Pray to Get an Answer?

posted by smcswain

PRAY HARDEST I just drove past an electronic billboard located in front of a local church. The following message flashed brightly for those passing by: “Pray Hardest When It’s Hardest to Pray!” I thought to myself: “Clever. Memorable. But is it […]

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The Problem with Most Prayers…Including Yours and Mine

posted by smcswain

THE PROBLEM WITH MOST PRAYERS The problem with most of our praying – my prayers, too, mind you – is this: we pray because we are looking for a way out. But why? Precisely because nobody likes pain. Nobody looks […]

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Prayer…Does God Answer Prayer? Ebola Survivor Thinks So…

posted by smcswain

Prayer…Does God answer prayer? Apparently so, according to the Ebola Doctor, Dr. Kent Brantly, who was himself an Ebola survivor. You can view his full remarks in a recent press conference he held soon after leaving the hospital. I am […]

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What’s Wrong with Much of Organized Christianity Today?

posted by smcswain

J. S. Spong says this: 1. God is still envisioned as a “being” supernatural in power, dwelling somewhere external to this world, usually depicted as “above the sky.” 2. Prayer is largely an effort to manipulate God to conform to […]

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What More Must God Do to Get Your Attention?

posted by smcswain

I love these words of Mark Nepo in The Book of Awakening: “God starts in everything unseeable, but comes to us plainly in the things of this world.” And then, he offers this prayer: “Close your eyes and pray for […]

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Your Natural Habitat…the Chamber of Stillness

posted by smcswain

I was reminded today that the ocean is a natural habitat for a fish. Just as air is to a bird and the earth is to a tree. “But what about you and me?” I wondered. “Is there a natural […]

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Golden Rule: Try a Little Kindness Today, Won't You?
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posted 9:28:48am Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

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