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As our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political document like the Constitution … the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment.
I think it is significant that this word on prayer from the lips of Jesus comes right on the heels of Luke’s account of his second coming, the parallel passage to the Olivet Discourse in the Gospel of Matthew. The Lord moves immediately from his word concerning his coming to this word concerning prayer, indicating the direct correlation between watchfulness and prayer.
Jesus uses three deliberate contrasts: first, a contrast of principles; then a contrast of persons; and, finally, a contrast of practices.
If you’ve been praying and nothing seems to be happening, think on these statements with reference to unanswered prayer.
If the request is wrong, God will say “No” to your request.
If the timing is wrong, God might choose to say “Slow,” go slow; wait.
If you are wrong, maybe God will choose, instead of granting your request, to say, “You need to grow.”
But if the request is right and the timing is right and you are right, chances are God will say, “Let’s go,” and grant the request.
I was reminded again this week, as I was reading through some articles for personal enjoyment and enrichment, that “nobody succeeds big without first succeeding small”. I don’t know who said it first, but I think that it is definitely one of Jesus’ teaching points in His parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
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Most of us have heard of Billy Graham. Since the 1950s, Dr. Graham has conducted hundreds of evangelistic crusades throughout the world. Most of us have seen him preach on TV; we’ve seen how thousands walk the aisle in that moment of decision. I was privileged to work alongside hundreds of pastors and believers in [...]
Yesterday, I gave us some guidelines as we go to the polls tomorrow. I realize that some of you may have already voted; but if you haven’t, remember … you have both the right and the responsibility to cast your vote and there are several reasons to vote this time. And, no, the economy is [...]
Hey, Everybody - our website is back in operation and blogging capabilities are restored! Keep an eye out here, every couple of days or so for a little something from me.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend - yes, that’s right … Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday morning. I don’t know about [...]