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Devoted to Prayer?

When you think about activities of the Church that reveal its priorities, what comes to mind? Preaching the Bible? Observing Communion? Helping the poor? Healing the sick? Teaching our young the fundamentals of the faith? Evangelism? Foreign missions? Baptism? How … Continue reading

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Prayer When Hope Has Been Exhausted

The prophet Hosea, in chapters 8 and 9 of his prophetic book, proclaimed a message of warning and impending doom to his contemporaries in Northern Israel. The ominous nature of what the future held emerged in images like “reaping the … Continue reading

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A Prayer to the God who Distracts

Biblical writers employed metaphors and similes to describe the God whom no one has seen. We know well passages that envision God as Father, Lion, Creator, Shepherd, Warrior, and Refuge. In recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to passages … Continue reading

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A Prayer When We Are Running Away from God

Hosea’s wife did not respond to his love. She left him for a life of prostitution. But then as Hosea chapter 3 begins, God calls Hosea to go love his wife as God loves his people. When Hosea finally found … Continue reading

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A Prayer When Afraid

Did you ever notice that the words “Don’t be afraid” are spoken when you are most afraid? In Mark 4, a storm arises while Jesus and his disciples are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. His disciples are … Continue reading

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We Give Thanks This Week

We give thanks this week. Despite fires that ravaged parts of California, Christians there give thanks. The Paradise Church of Christ building was totally destroyed, except for its sign. On the other hand, pictures of Pepperdine University, a college associated … Continue reading

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Putting On the Armor of Light

You put on your armor when it is time to go to war. Soldiers preparing to deploy, or receiving the news that the enemy is approaching their camp, know a rush of adrenalin. There’s a sense of urgency. They check … Continue reading

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