Help us, Lord!
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Does the concept of a national day of prayer resonate with you? I could understand if it didn’t. You may say that it’s not the government’s job to call people to prayer—it’s the church’s job. And in a sense you’d be right. But any government has a lot to gain from inviting its citizens to pray for the country’s well-being. Since Christians (me included) are so often lazy and forgetful, we can stand the reminder. Besides, God himself encourages believers... Read More
He always has the last word
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May I say that I generally am not fond of my children having the last word? All too often that last word is a complaint or criticism, usually accompanied by eye-rolling, sighs, or tsking.  May I say also that I am ecstatic that my Savior always has the last word? Risen from the dead, ascended to heaven to the supreme seat of power over all things, the Lord Jesus has the final say over everything that happens on planet Earth.... Read More
He listens to you
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You’ve heard stories about how shipwreck survivors, marooned on a desert island, put desperate messages into bottles and threw them back out into the surf. Talk about long shots! For all they knew, those messages were never going to connect with anybody. Some fearful or cynical people view prayer in the same way—as a forlorn exercise in communication futility. “Nobody’s listening and nobody’s coming to help” sums up their pessimism.  Not so fast. The God who created us and redeemed... Read More
He talks to you
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Can you imagine trying to assemble an automobile without an instruction manual? Absurd. Impossible. Can you imagine trying to figure out the meaning of the universe and the meaning of you without blueprints from God? Absurd. Impossible. One of God’s most precious gifts to you, a gift that shows how highly he values you, is his Word, the Bible. He wants you to know what he’s like, what he’s done, how he thinks, how he talks. St. Paul praised the... Read More
He gives you himself
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Are you one of those people who hears the stories of the amazing person and work of Jesus Christ, who marvels at his love and victories, but fears that all those good things must be for somebody else? Do you have trouble believing and trusting that the great benefits of salvation in Christ could really apply to you? I mean you personally?  It is for just such fears that the Lord sets a table and invites you. Come to his... Read More
He has changed the rules
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Everybody knows the rules of what the legal system is supposed to do: acquit the innocent and convict the guilty. Convicting the innocent is called a miscarriage of justice, and acquitting the guilty is called corruption. Even Judge Wapner and Judge Judy know that. You and I and every other person on earth are hurtling toward a courtroom where we will have to give an account for all the years of our existence. The guilt you so often feel in... Read More
He has intervened for you
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“Where are you, God?” Every thinking believer has whispered that desperate prayer at least once, and some have said it many times. A large part of our human dilemma is that God in judgment gave Adam and Eve and their descendants part of what they said they wanted—to be free from him. So he withdrew, at least visibly. People no longer heard his voice or “footsteps” in their gardens. Until the birth of Christ, that is. An older priest named... Read More
He loves you
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“All You Need Is Love” was a hit anthem for the Beatles in 1967. It’s kind of a hippie cliché, isn’t it? And yet it’s true. We are all hungry, even starving, for love. We all need to be validated, to be of value to somebody. How could we trust in a God whom we feared or who seemed to despise us? But here’s what’s really going on: in his personal love letter to the human race, which we call... Read More
Self-Sufficiency
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“Every day, in every way, I am becoming better and better.” Steady repetition of this phrase is how French psychotherapist Émile Coué taught people at his clinic in Nancy to will themselves into a better future. This type of autosuggestion came to be called “Couéism” and found many followers. People want badly to believe that the world is steadily evolving into a higher state. Science fiction novels and movies sometimes portray ideal societies where people have progressed beyond the need... Read More
Confusion
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How many times do you think you have spoken the words of the Lord’s Prayer? A hundred? A thousand? How many times have you said, “Your will be done on earth as in heaven?” Do you mean what you are praying? Did you realize that every time you say those things you are asserting that God’s agenda is more important than yours? Some people find their trust in God draining away because he doesn’t seem to be doing what they... Read More