Praying when you don’t know how

By , August 19, 2019

“Lord, the one you love is sick.”
John 11:3 (NIV)

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One of the simplest, yet most complex spiritual exercises we can engage in is prayer. A child of 3-4 years may compose a wonderful prayer to their Creator while a saint of God in their mature years may be at a loss of words concerning how to pray for a specific issue.

What are we to do when we have no idea what God is doing with us or a loved one but we are so concerned that somehow He intervened in the situation. Occasionally I am asked to pray for a person’s situation and I am at a loss about how to ask for something specific for the one in need.

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Hopeless or full of hope?

By , August 18, 2019

“On him we have set our hope
that he will continue to deliver us…”
2 Corinthians 1:10

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When a book has gone through 73 printings in English in less than 40 years selling almost 2 ½ million copies, and been translated into 19 other languages you must admit it has something going for it. Such is the story of Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. The first portion of the book deals with the horrors he experienced during several years in a Nazi death camp.

Dr. Frankl had trained as a psychiatrist and neurologist and practiced for some years before entering the death camps as a Jewish prisoner. In Man’s Search for Meaning, he tells the reason why a man who appeared to be as healthy as one could be—under such dire circumstances—could one day lie down and die in 48 hours. It actually happened to one of the men he knew when he gave up any hope of release from the camp.

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“Why Mommy, why Daddy?”

By , August 17, 2019

“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully…”
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)

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It seems the work of a lifetime to understand how our children are wired. I had a wonderful time raising my two boys and seeking to help them learn all they could about the amazing world in which we live. One son was most interested in human biology and the other in computer sciences.

Then—when I married a younger widow with three small children in midlife—I looked forward to engaging their young minds in creation as well. Now I am seeking to get good literature on the world around us for my grandchildren to read so they too can marvel at what God has made for us, and to give them further reasons to worship Him as I do.

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A storm, a cleft in a rock, and a playing card

By , August 16, 2019

“…they hid among the rocks”
1 Samuel 13:6 (NIV)

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One of the truly great hymn writers of the Christian church was Augustus Toplady (1740-1778). He was an Anglican priest and apparently had a remarkable experience one day as he was travelling and a violent rain storm occurred.

Toplady took refuge in a cleft of a rock along the way and it provided him with some shelter from the fury of the storm. While waiting out the storm from his place of safety some thoughts came to mind of how God is a rock and shelters His people from the storms of life.

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Getting Into the Right Hands

By , August 15, 2019

“Into Thy hands I commit my spirit”
Luke 23:46 (KJV)

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Having had several surgeries with several surgeons I admit to having a fascination with their hands. Odd, isn’t it?

I like to see a surgeon with hands that seem very deft and quick in motion. I know that all the education and experience of the doctor will be expressed in those hands as they work effectively on my medical issue.

Jesus is at the very end of His public ministry and had already spent several hours on the cross experiencing the hell His people deserved. Now it was finished and He could physically die and be buried to rise the third day according to the will of His Father in heaven.

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