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Examining the Lord’s Prayer: Does Prayer Make a Difference

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Most of us have had a glimpse of the dark side of life: illness, broken relationships, the death of a loved one, or material loss. And when we turn to God in prayer, we are often met with further disappointment and grief as a result of—as yet—unanswered prayer. Still, we know that we must continue in prayer, “[F]or our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”(Eph 6:12).

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Nobody Thinks it Will Happen to Them. And Then it Does

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It never rains in California But girl, don’t they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours The residents of the Golden State know the lyrics of the old Albert Hammond song to be true. They’ve seen it pour water from the sky. They’ve seen floods rage. They’ve seen their homes carried down mountainsides, into the waiting mouth of the Pacific Ocean. That’s exactly what happened this past spring in Montecito, an unincorporated community in Santa Barbara County, California. Just weeks …

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Thin Mints and Cornfields and Knives, Oh My!

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Around seven in the evening, the doorbell rang. I grabbed a butcher knife from a kitchen drawer and hurried to the front door. Someone rang the doorbell a second time. I slid the knife behind my back, took a deep breath and reached for the knob, my hand shaking. I’d been married a whole month and had just moved with my new husband from a very populated city in Southern California to a house surrounded by cornfields in Indiana. That …

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Heaven: Fairy Tale or Eternal Destination?

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Despite being diagnosed with ALS at 21 and given two years to live, Stephen Hawking lived decades beyond his predicted death, eventually dying at the age of 76. It’s easy to imagine that living more than 50 years on borrowed time may have inspired him to think about heaven now and then. In addition, the renowned physicist, by nature of his career, spent a lot of time pondering big-picture questions, like those surrounding the origin of the universe. And here’s …

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Examining the Lord’s Prayer: Why Should We Pray?

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Prayer is universal. Every religion has some form of prayer. We pray because we cannot help it. The word “prayer” comes from the Old French preiere which is derived from the Latin prex or precarius meaning “to beg, to entreat in a precarious situation”. Prayer is universal because it speaks to a basic human need — the need for fulfillment, the need for God. As Augustine said in his Confessions, “Our heart is restless until it finds rest in God.”