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Prayer for Less Disputing

More than two hundred years ago, five Kentucky preachers penned a document (“The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery”) in which they opined that Christians should “pray more and dispute less.” Their words resonate with me when I … Continue reading

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Master, The Tempest Is Raging!

Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We set out on a “road trip” to explore the countryside of Northeastern Arkansas. I enjoyed the beauty of the hills and farmland through which we traveled. She took photographs of … Continue reading

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Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer

What does the homeless woman pray as she huddles under a cardboard shelter? What did the religious among the schoolchildren who drowned in South Korea pray as they sank beneath the surface? What does the unemployed veteran cry out to … Continue reading

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A Hymn That Taught Me How to Pray

When I was a teenager, our local church had singing classes on Sunday evenings. We sat according to the part we sang (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), learned new songs, and learned how to sing familiar songs correctly. In addition to … Continue reading

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Worthy of Praise

The prayers of Revelation have inspired hymns and praise songs. In my last blog, I quoted the hymn “Worthy art Thou” by Tillit S. Teddlie. The prayers and praise songs of Revelation chapter 5 inspired the words of that hymn. … Continue reading

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The Prayer that Sets the Stage for Revelation’s Calls for Fire

One passage of prayer introduces the prayers of Revelation. In its earliest paragraphs, its author addresses a prayer to Christ the liberator: “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made … Continue reading

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Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

  Words of familiar hymns acquire new meaning when we read them as the prayers they are. In 1723, Isaac Watts wrote a prayer that became a classic hymn when set to music. In a hymnal I perused yesterday, the … Continue reading

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Prayers

I pray some prayers repeatedly. I often intone them alone. Frequently, however, I voice them in unison with other believers. Even if the idea disturbs you, I suspect that you do the same, and may pray without realizing it. Now … Continue reading

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