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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15) There is a well-known passage of Scripture in the…

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Let us lift up our hearts and our hands unto God in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41) I have a memory which remains as fresh as when it occurred decades ago. In the little Texas town where I was raised, we lived in a neighborhood of chain-link fences in the backyards. No fences in the front…only in the back,…

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“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the…

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“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Luke 11:9-10) The eleventh chapter of Luke records…

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35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can…

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”  (Genesis 45:8a) Joseph’s life was not a straight line. He was blessed by his earthly father with favor, and by his heavenly Father with the ability to interpret dreams. This led to the displeasure of his brothers who probably thought they had been short-changed. They…

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You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress, (Psalm 59:9) Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. Praying without ceasing should be the default position of every believer as they live moment by moment. Many of our prayers are more self-reminders than news flashes for heaven. This prayer is the same.…

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) When I was in seminary, I took a course called Missionary Preparation. We had a guest speaker one day by the name of Bertha Smith. As a retired missionary, she still had…

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Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. (Psalm 25:4-5) Have you been in a conversation with someone who only wanted to talk about themselves? They talk about…

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The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.  (Proverbs 16:17) At breakneck pace, people are completely exhausted by the end of the day. The next day, they get up and do the same things all over again. In all of this harried activity, people find little or no…

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