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Things That Hinder Prayer (1)

When we talk about prayer we are very pleased when we have our prayers answered the way we wanted and in a timely fashion. We are very happy with God when we see our prayers being answered. But when we do not see our prayers readily answered, then many times we like to play the blame game. Sometimes we want to blame God for what seems to be unanswered prayer. I would like for us to see that when our…

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Finding Real Faith

Many Christians believe that God requires them to have "blind" faith in Jesus. I recently saw a television show where a person challenged a proclaimed Christian to prove that there is a God and that Jesus raised from the dead. The proclaimed Christian's defense was simply that she felt that there was a God. But this is foreign to the scriptures in regards to a person knowing if there is a God. As we will notice in this article, the…

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Show Us The Father And It Will Be Enough

How many times have you thought that faith would be easier if you had been alive in the first century and seen Jesus with your own eyes? How many times have you thought that if you could simply see the miracles or hear the teachings of Jesus that it would be enough to solidify your faith? I know I have always thought that it would make a difference in my life if I had been alive and had seen and…

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Are You Faith Challenged?

The challenge of faith is an issue Jesus repeatedly addressed with his disciples. When Peter sank into the water after Jesus called him to come out of the boat walking on the water, Jesus declared "O you of little faith" (Matthew 14:31). When Jesus was asleep in the boat while the disciples dealt with the wind and waves battering the boat, the disciples believed they were all going to drown. Jesus' response: "Why are you fearful, O you of little…

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Truth and Attitudes

"Jesus answered them and said, 'My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none…

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American Idolatry

In Acts 14 we read about Paul and Barnabas traveling through Asia Minor preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. When they came into the city of Lystra, they found the people desiring to treat them as one of their Roman gods because they had healed a lame man. Once the people of Lystra understood that Paul and Barnabas were not gods in the flesh (with the assistance of some persecuting Jews), they stoned Paul, dragged him out of the…

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God’s Revelation To Humans (2)

God has revealed his existence in the creation. By looking at the complexity and power found in this universe, we are to seek after God. But the general revelation of God through creation does not inform us as to what we are to do to be pleasing to God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your…

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God’s Revelation To Humans (1)

"I dont believe in any religion. Its all made up. Religion is an organized thing by human beings to convince other people to follow a way of speaking to God. I think Gods in everybody, and you have to be in touch with yourself and your god within you." (Mark Burnett, television producer of Survivor and The Apprentice). This has been the conclusion of some people: there is no God but God is simply a fixture of mans imagination. How…

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The Brevity of Life

As humans, we do not like to think about our own immortality. We are not interesting in speaking in terms of there not being a tomorrow. Rather, we speak as if things will continue on in the future as things have continued in the past. However, deep down inside of us, we do realize that anything can happen to us at any given moment. We have seen and perhaps experienced the sudden loss of life of family members and friends.…

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Jesus Understands

If we were to take an expedition in time to the first century in a search for Jesus, what would you expect to find? Do you expect to find a person who was no different than you and I? The scriptures say: "Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would…

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