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Political Leaders and the Covenant

June 15, 2014

Political Leaders and the Covenant Government corruption is a staggeringly huge problem. Every year, more than one trillion dollars is paid out in bribes around the globe. A recent study rated Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan as the most corrupt countries in the world. Corruption hampers economic development, cripples judicial systems,...

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Prayer and Evangelism

February 18, 2018

Prayer and Evangelism In a business-school paper, researchers demonstrated that people value products more when they participate in their construction. Titled “The ‘IKEA Effect’: When Labor Leads to Love,” the paper studied the satisfaction reported by people who purchased from the Swedish retailer IKEA, which sells inexpensive furniture...

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  • Evangelism February 18, 2018

Hope and Prayer

July 29, 2015

Hope and Prayer In the Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin pointed to the Psalms as an example of persistence in prayer. Calvin observes, “For in the Psalms we can often see that David and other believers, when they are almost worn out with praying and seem to have beaten the air with their prayers as if pouring forth words...

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Mature Faith and Prayer

February 26, 2019

Mature Faith and Prayer A classic Christian prayer for healing reads: “O Lord God of our salvation, to whom no sickness is incurable, we pray that in your compassion you will drive away from your servants, who look for your heavenly medicine, all illness; show forth in them the might of your healing power, and make them whole both in body...

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Prayer and Hope

July 8, 2015

Prayer and Hope Most of us feel ambivalent about our prayer life. We believe in the importance of prayer, but we do not think that we pray well. Like the disciples who asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, we know there is room for improvement. Prayer is mysterious—but it is not rocket science. In today’s passage the apostle Paul describes...

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Paul's Opening Prayer and Affirmation

May 2, 2016

Paul's Opening Prayer and Affirmation In an interview about his book The Church Awakening: An Urgent Call for Renewal, pastor and author Chuck Swindoll worried that the church today is too focused on entertainment rather than worship. He offered this perspective as a corrective: “When you come Sunday, you’re going to focus on One who is eternal,...

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Intercession: Prayer for Unity and Mutual Forbearance

May 2, 2013

Intercession: Prayer for Unity and Mutual Forbearance Square Inch Church, a growing Christian Reformed Church congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gathers for dinner after weekly Sunday afternoon services. Their “love feast” looks like a lot of church potlucks—mixed and matched bowls of salad, loaves of bread, and pots of soup—with one...

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Congregational Worship, Prayer, and the Gospel

July 6, 2013

Congregational Worship, Prayer, and the Gospel A classic medieval prayer for political leaders reads: “O God, almighty Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, grant that the hearts and minds of all who go out as leaders before us, the statesmen, the judges, the men of learning and the men of wealth, may be so filled with the love of thy...

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Intercession: Prayer and the Armor of God

May 5, 2013

Intercession: Prayer and the Armor of God Simone Weil was a French philosopher in the early part of the twentieth century. Despite being raised a secular Jew, she developed an interest in the beliefs and practices of Christianity as she got older. While she never formally joined a church, she wrote in stirring terms about her personal relationship...

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Intercession: Prayer for Protection and Spread of the Gospel

May 8, 2013

Intercession: Prayer for Protection and Spread of the Gospel Hannah Hurnard, author of the classic Christian allegory Hinds’ Feet on High Places, once wrote, “An intercessor means one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellow men that he is like a live wire closing the gap between the saving power of God and the sinful men...

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